Drug / Other Addictions

Drug / Other Addictions2018-12-03T04:29:43+00:00

Drug, Alcohol & Other Addictions

When people become addicted to a substance or activity, it often results from the need or wish to reduce emotional stress and physical pain. Many people are familiar with common addictions such as alcohol dependency or drug abuse, but other addictions include shopping, Internet use, gambling, sex or pornography.

In general, people have habit-forming tendencies to a certain degree – but some people are more susceptible to addiction, which can often be due to contact with an environment of substance abuse, experiencing mental health issues or hereditary factors. Most people with addiction-related issues require professional assistance to break free from addictive patterns and cycles of behaviour, which is where counselling can be of assistance. If you need drug addiction counselling or alcohol addiction counselling, it’s important you talk to a psychologist you trust and feel comfortable with.

Classic Addiction Symptoms

  • Ignoring domestic or business-related responsibilities
  • Relationship deterioration directly resulting from addictive behaviour
  • A lack of ability to stop or reduce addictive behaviour, often accompanied by unsuccessful attempts
  • Distress or irritability accompanying a lack of substance use (withdrawal) and feelings of normality when use is resumed
  • Requiring increasing amounts of the substance to achieve noticeable effects
  • Scheduling commitments and one’s life around periods of using
  • Not being able to function or cope with day-to-day life without the substance

Addiction Treatment Approach

Quite often, addictions can be a result of emotional issues that need to be resolved. Without acknowledgement and resolution, these problems and their subsequent addictions can increase in severity, destroying relationships and any quality of life.

As part of the general and drug addiction counselling process, a psychologist’s main concern is determining the cause of your addiction and the trigger points for addiction- and relapse-related behaviour. They will also work to help you take control over your addiction, so it does not end up controlling you. These steps can include identifying and ending addictive patterns, becoming familiar with coping strategies that help to manage day-to-day stress, and altering negative thought patterns. These effective techniques are part of the treatment process for drug addiction counselling, general addiction assistance and alcohol addiction counselling.

Addiction types

  • Addiction to alcohol
  • Addiction to pornography
  • Drug or substance addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Addiction to the internet

Psychological Treatments

Psychological treatments are proven to help people with their issues by helping them to develop better coping skills and change negative patterns of thinking so that they can deal better with life’s conflicts and stresses.

Psychological therapies can help a person to recover and can also prevent issues from reoccurring. Psychological treatments can include Relaxation Skills, Psychoeducation, Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT), Behaviour Therapy, and Hypnosis.

Medicare

Medicare rebates are available to those who are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid for using cash, cheque or EFTPOS.

How to Get Help

To find out more about drug, alcohol or other addictions counselling or to make an appointment with our psychologists for clients in Brighton, Bayside suburbs or all over Melbourne, please feel free to contact us on 03 9133 0996

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.