Substance Abuse Therapy

Substance abuse is the harmful pattern of drug, alcohol or other substance use. There's a distinction between substance use and abuse, in that the former does not mean the person has a problem.

Clinically called substance use disorder, it involves consuming a substance so it causes harm, addiction and problems in life. Substance misuse affects you mentally and physically, but therapy treats it.

Find a therapist who can help you with substance abuse

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WE CAN HELP YOU WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

If you are misusing any substance, it may help you to talk to a therapist. Here's a selection of the verified and qualified therapists on PlusGuidance who can help you identify and work with you to overcome this. Most of them offer consultations.

ABUSED SUBSTANCES


Alcohol

Prescription drugs e.g. sedatives such as barbiturates, anxiolytics such as sleeping pills, hypnotics

Opiods such as heroin

Cannabis, marijuana

Cocaine

Amphetamines, methamphetamine (also called meth)

Hallucinogens

Inhalants

Phencyclidine, also known as Angel Dust or PCP

Tobacco, nicotine

Other unspecified substances

TYPES OF MISUSE


ADDICTION

The heavy dependence on a substance to function in life means you are addicted. You are also unable to stop taking it even when it's causing problems.

PUTTING YOU OR OTHERS IN DANGER

If you tend to put yourself or others in danger, e.g. by drunk-driving or operating a machine while under the influence, that's considered misuse.

CAUSING VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT

If drugs or alcohol make you violent, mean or abusive, and others are worried or scared of you when you drink or take drugs, you have a problem.

AFFECTING YOUR LIFE

If your substance use causes you to neglect work, social and life obligations and be disengaged with sober life, you are a substance abuser.

SELF-DESTRUCTIVE USE

Ingesting excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol when you don't care about yourself any more and wouldn't mind dying - they're signs you need help.

"I had some consultations and then found the therapist I’m now working successfully with. PlusGuidance is giving people opportunities that just haven’t existed before - a new way to approach mental health treatment."

- Rohan

Why Use PlusGuidance

If what we describe above sounds like you, it may be worth talking to a qualified therapist that can help you work your way through this. PlusGuidance is a convenient way to get access to the right therapist for you. The website has a broad list of therapists specialising in substance abuse and other challenges so you’re bound to find the right one for you.

PlusGuidance also offers you four ways to have sessions with your preferred therapist: Online video, voice calls, messaging or in-person at the therapist's office. All online communications are secure and comply with the highest standards of data protection.

BENEFITS OF PLUSGUIDANCE

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