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Addiction Counselling

How has addiction affected you? Have you been affected by someone else's addiction? Do you think you might have an addiction problem yourself? Or are you in recovery but still struggling?

I am a member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals and I am passionate about helping people recover from addiction, change their lives and becoming purposeful and fulfilled once more. I know that the road to recovery is not always easy. I have personal experience of the devastating effects of addiction, and I am motivated by the firm belief that anyone can recover from addiction if they have a desire to change, no matter how small that desire is at the outset. I find it personally fulfilling to be actively involved in helping people recover from addiction, or learning to live with a family member's addiction. I can help you put your life back together.

Most people associate addiction with just drink or drugs. In fact, addiction has much wider definition. Any activity which is a person habitually engages in, almost against their own will and in spite of the consequences, can be regarded as an addiction. Addiction in any form can cause long-lasting damage to the addicted person and to their family and friends too.

Since the year 2000 I have been helping people recover from addictions and I have helped many people find ways of coping with a loved one's addiction. The approach I use is based upon the 12 Step model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Most importantly, only you can decide whether or not you are suffering from addiction, or whether you think a loved one is addicted. I can help you make sense of addiction and find the help that you need for long-term recovery. You can have a life of purpose and meaning once more.

Please use the links below to read about addiction, to understand how it affects you, how counselling can help and how you can help yourself.

Stages of Addiction and Recovery

Traits of Addiction

The Twelve Step Model of Recovery

The Cycle of Addiction

A list of Twelve Step Fellowships