Being You Counselling
Treatment of Behavioural Addictions and Emotional Health - North Shore and Northern Beaches
Psychotherapist and Counsellor specialising in Behavioural Addictions and Emotional Health.
A part of my service that I feel very passionately about is for families at both my Warriewood and Greenwich practices. It involves working with individuals and families that are struggling with substance abuse and the consequences that arise from having a loved one who is suffering from substance abuse or dependence.
There is also a whole new dynamic for couples and families once their loved one is on a path of ‘recovery’ and how to then adapt to these positive changes without dwelling too much on the past and all that was difficult at a time when they were actively using.
I have seen first hand the benefits and relief that can be achieved when families seek help to recognise and develop healthy communication styles and problem solving strategies to better deal with the difficulties that arise for families with a family member struggling as a result of drug or alcohol abuse.
I provide practical “workshops” and open discussion forums in regard to alcohol and other drugs.
Some topics covered in the workshops
- Facts about alcohol and other drugs
- Stages of Change for the family and Treatment Options
- What parents can do about drug issues
- What happens in the Brain
“But what about our teens experimenting with alcohol and drugs so early?”
Teens who begin using drugs or alcohol don’t set out to become addicted to these substances. And unfortunately, there’s no foolproof way to determine which person will end up with such a problem, and how long it might take to develop a dependency (though some substances are more addictive than others).
Whether or not someone develops an addiction depends on many factors, including genetic predisposition for addiction and other biologic factors.
While experts don’t understand exactly why one person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, they understand a great deal about the state of being addicted to or dependent upon substances. A person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol no longer has control over whether he uses that substance.
He or she is seeking and using substances regardless of any negative consequences that have already occurred or may potentially occur in relation to the use.
Teens who are dependent upon drugs or alcohol may show both physical and psychological signs of addiction.
Physical signs of addiction include:
- Needing to take more of the substance to achieve the same effect
- Feeling shaky or ill when trying to stop using
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits, weight loss or gain
Psychological signs of addiction are:
- Compulsively focusing on how to get/use the substance
- Using drugs or alcohol to relax or relieve stress or anxiety
- Loss of interest in previous activities or friendships
- New friendships with others who use drugs or alcohol
- Changes in mood, such as anger, anxiety, depression, or mood swings
- Decreased level of performance in school, low grades, absenteeism
At Suite 101 (Greenwich) Our holistic approach has been developed from years of expertise and knowledge in working in the field of substance use disorders and is underpinned with current perspectives and knowledge of pharmacology and neuroscience. Our staff offer a multidisciplinary approach that draws on our experience in psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry and education.