Working with addictive behaviours is an area of strength for us. We have over 20 years of clinical experience ranging from withdrawal management, assessment, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and agency training in substance abuse. We provide addiction services for adolescents and adults. Addictive behaviours covers a broad spectrum such as alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, eating, internet, and video games to name a few. Addictive behaviours are simply best described as:
- A person's need for more of a substance or behaviour to keep him or her going.
- If the person does not get more of the substance or behaviour, they becomes increasingly stressed and miserable.
Here are some signs and symptoms of dependency. If you score 3 or more of these signs or symptoms, serious consideration should be given to seeking help for addictive behaviours.
- Family and friends have notived the addictive behaviours
- Trying to conceal addictive behaviours from family and friends
- using the addiction to cope with stress and anxiety
- Relationships, environments and thoughts center around the addiction
- History of addiction in the family
- Tried to quit the addictive behaviour in the past
- The addictive behaviours has caused employment, financial or health problems
- The addicted or dependent person denies the addiction or believed that they are not addicted or dependent because their addiction is legal
- The addiction causes problems with family and friends
- A more chaotic life - unpaid bills, accidents, trouble with concentration or memory, feeling out of control
- Experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD or other mood disorders
Enhancing a individuals motivation for change is critical in addressing addictive behaviours. As the therapist, assessing motivation and stage of change is essential. Everyone is motivated for something, it just needs to be uncovered. Assessment will also include the evolution of the addictive behaviour over time, triggers and craving identification, family history, past trauma, mental health and learning disabilities.
Once the assessment phase is complete, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the client. Motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, and where there is a history or trauma, trauma therapy are all clinical models used to support the client in achieving their goals for change.
Our services are strongly connected to the larger community. Where a referral is required for a high level of care such as residential treatment or day treatment, we will expedite this process by referring to the appropriate supports.