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This page is not designed to give in-depth information about specific substances. There are plenty of medical sites which address this. As a counsellor, I am invested in helping both individuals who are affected by substance abuse and the people who support them. The greatest challenge associated with this issue arises from the reluctance of the affected individual to recognise that they have a problem. Even if they do, or if someone close to them convinces them they need support, most people believe they can stop their habit unaided.
Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, very few if any people start to use substances because they are committed to self-destruction. It may start as a result of peer pressure, or the need to gain acceptance, but the reason many people continue after the first experience, is because they get something out of it.
Of course, the major drawback with these beliefs is that the person who holds them is unable to recognise how much their thinking / reasoning is affected by the substance. They are convinced that their perspective is correct, so it is very difficult to persuade them by argument.
Although the effects of each substance will differ, there are generalised symptoms which will apply to many of them.
In addition to these, there is a lengthy list of the physical damage caused by substance abuse. We see them in graphic television ads, on billboards and on cigarette packs. The evidence of sickness is more difficult for users to argue with, but does not seem to be enough in itself to convince them to stop. For those who are fortunate enough to escape the physical side effects, there is still an endless list of challenges to be faced.
Clearly not everyone is equally at risk of dependency or addictions. There are certain factors which can predispose us to be more vulnerable, although we should never lose sight of the fact that we still have freedom of choice.
Counselling can be a lifeline for those struggling with substance abuse issues and those affected by their choices and behaviour. It can help you explore the factors which led you into addiction and can support you as you explore options which can lead to new behaviours. If you are concerned about someone who is abusing substances, then a counsellor can work with you to help you understand how you may be enabling the addiction, the impact of shame on you or your family and how to avoid unhelpful behaviours such as controlling, neglecting yourself or being a victim. At Point of Change Counselling, you will be treated with respect, dignity and the utmost confidentiality.
For help with substance abuse, contact Alli at Point Of Change Counselling to make an appointment.