Addiction refers to a person’s need for more of a particular substance or behaviour to feel at ease. Without it, they are likely to grow frustrated, stressed, and (ultimately) miserable.
Addictive behaviour applies to a broad spectrum of substances and behaviours, including alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, eating, Internet use, and video games. Regardless of the substance or behaviour, there are common signs of dependency.
If you notice 3 or more of these signs, consider seeking help for addictive behaviours.
Our counsellors have over 20 years of experience giving guidance to individuals with addictive behaviours.
As counsellors in this situation, we look at a person’s motivation to change. In the first stages, we examine the growth of the addictive behaviour over time. From there, we connect it to triggers, cravings, family history, past trauma, and/or learning disabilities.
After this process, we develop a treatment plan with the client. Each clinical model we use is meant to support the client as they reach their goals for change.
We believe in a community-connected healing process. If we believe a high level of care is needed, like residential treatment or day treatment, we will provide referrals to the appropriate supports.