At Okay counselling, our qualified counsellors provide addiction counselling services in Adelaide, South Australia. We are also available for phone and Skype sessions for those located interstate. If you are considering counselling, please contact us via phone, or, feel welcome to get in touch through our contact form and we will call you back for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.
Addiction occurs when individuals compulsively engage in activities, regardless of whether they enjoy the activity. .
There are many different activities and substances that individuals can be addicted to, such as:
- Technology and the internet
- Drug, Alcohol and substances
Even if an addiction has negative side effects, addictions are difficult to quit without strong support systems in place as an individual’s prefferred addiction is similar to a coping mechanism. Addiction counselling can provide the support needed for an individual to succeed at quitting their addiction for good.
Each individual is unique in their experiences and encounters with addiction. Addiction can be the result of trauma, poverty, stress, unemployment, occupational pressure, and much more. Having an addiction, regardless of the type, affects both mental and physical health, which can be detrimental in the long term. These effects can feel pleasurable and make you want to continue using the addiction to feel good. It can also be that without the addiction, the human body begins to go through withdrawals, which can be very difficult and exhausting. Therefore, it is a lot easier to continue the detrimental behaviour as it is very difficult to stop. The addiction also becomes a form of coping mechanism to manage stressors and confronting situations.
With addictive behaviour, it is very important to begin treatment options before the irreversible negative side-effects on your body, both psychological and physical. Addictions can also impact your occupational performance and relationships with partners, friends, and family. This can unintentionally isolate an individual, which leads to further mental health issues. Therefore, beginning rehabilitation and attending meetings are important steps in becoming a health person. Addictions can be very difficult to break, however, it is beneficial for physical and mental health in the long term.
Okay counselling is dedicated to providing a unique and tailored addiction counselling service to clients by using a variety of social work theories to enforce practical methods.
For optimal customisation, only theories that can be adapted for the needs of each individual client are utilized. Because there is a wide variety of addictions and how they influence individuals is unique to that person, there are many different processes to consider when dealing with addictions. For example, when approaching addictions involving ingested, or inhaled, substances, there is often a chemical withdrawal that occurs which needs to be addressed first to ensure an individual’s safety. Once it is safe to do so, the treatment process can begin.
Duirng your first addiction counselling session, motivational interview techniques are engaged to begin motivating the individual about their recovery journey. Motivation is a very powerful tool when going through the recovery process and is essential for managing the days where withdrawals are at their peak. While continuing the motivational interviews, counsellors begin the treatment process and introduce therapies.
Common theories utilized by Okay Counselling counsellors revolved around behavioural therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This type of therapy is beneficial as it begins the process of changing how individuals think in order to change how they act. For example, changing the belief from needing to act on the addicting urges, to recognising they exist but that you don’t need to act on them. While it is not always this simple and easy, by fully engaging in CBT, or the chosen behavioural therapy, it is definitely possible to slowly decrease detrimental thoughts and actions.
Okay Counselling is fully equipped with knowledge and experience around using behavioural therapies and are confident in their practice. Okay counselling is available to anyone looking to overcome their addictions and can assist you every step of the way.
Discussing with a GP around the possible treatment options available may be the next step. No individual treatment option is a fix for every addiction and there is a process of determining which treatment would benefit you most. For some individuals, that may require beginning medications to assist in resisting and overcoming the urges.
No, of course not! You don’t need to lose yourself in order to seek treatment, many people with a wide range of experiences enter therapy for the betterment of themselves.
Okay Counselling offers bulkbilling through Medicare plans with a gap of $62. Please feel free to discussion payment options with the counsellors or admin staff so we can help make recovery as stress-free as possible.