There is a fine line between social drinking, recreational drugs, prescription medication and what is considered substance misuse. If you ignore the early signs and symptoms of substance misuse, then your chances of developing an addiction to alcohol or drugs is greatly increased.
Some of the signs pointing to substance misuse include, but are not restricted to, regularly using alcohol or drugs to relax or improve your mood. Using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate, to reduce anxiety, stress, grief, relationship problems or coping with life in general. You may also be drinking or using more than you planned or out of habit.
You may find you are feeling guilty or lying to yourself and to others, about the amount of alcohol you consume or the number of drugs you use. You may experience memory loss or blackouts after a night of drinking or taking drugs. It is recommended if any of signs above applies to you, that you begin attending to this behaviour now, rather than waiting until it becomes urgent and you have developed an addiction.
Misuse is not restricted to alcohol or drugs, you may be worried about developing other addictions such as sex addiction, pornography addiction or gambling.
Let's Talk will work with you to help you reduce your drinking, drug use, gambling, or other addictive behaviour or help you to abstain completely depending on your goals.
Addiction does not only affect you, it can affect your family, friends and your responsibilities. It can affect other areas in your life such as work, relationships, school and family may become neglected because of an addiction. Seeing a professionally trained therapist in the field of addiction, has been clinically proven to be an effective method for overcoming the challenges you face, when attempting to cut back or abstain from addictive behaviour.
You may have spent some time in a treatment center and finding it difficult now that you are home. You may be part of a recovery program and feel uncomfortable sharing personal matters in a group. At Let's Talk we can help you effectively manage and cope with what is happening in your new life in recovery.
Expertise at Let's Talk
If you are experiencing any of the above issues there is nothing to be ashamed of, you are not alone and talking about your concerns will greatly benefit you. At present, you may not believe you can change especially if you have tried and failed before. However, with the right motivation and support, change is a possible for everyone - many thousands of people change and succeed. You can too... Let's Talk provides effective addiction therapy tailored to your needs.
We also offer CRA an evidence based treatment for addiction for individuals or family members affected.
Others Affected by Addiction
We understand at Let's Talk that addiction does not only affect the individual suffering with addiction but affects those around them. Therefore, we also offer treatment for individuals affected by someone else's addictive behaviour or misuse. We believe it is important that you take time out for yourself and to take care of you. Talking to a therapist, who will empathise with your situation and who will explain to you the necessary skills required to cope, will greatly improve your own mental health and wellbeing.
If you or a loved one are effected by the issues here and you wish to seek further information please contact Let's Talk at 085 7181267.