Drugs and Alcohol Counselling

Drug and Alcohol Counselling is for you if you or others are concerned about your own drinking or drug taking. Counselling will help you to talk about the problems you are facing. You may be worried, depressed, confused or want to make changes to your drinking or drug taking and your life. Your counsellor will respect you and will not “tell you what to do”.

The aim of Drug and Alcohol counselling is that together with your counsellor, you explore your problems to gain a greater understanding of them and of yourself. You will then look at what you want to change and what you need to do to make that change happen.

Common symptoms of alcohol abuse

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are:


  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss
  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal
  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities and obligations
  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members
  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Feeling hungover when not drinking
  • Changing appearance and group of acquaintances, you hang out with
  • You find it hard to stop once you’ve started.
  • You behave outside of character when you drink.
  • You can’t stop thinking about drinking.
  • You still choose to drink despite knowing that it is harming you.
  • You feel guilty after drinking.
  • You self-medicate with alcohol, e. you drink to feel better about yourself.
  • It takes more drinks to get you to that tipsy feeling.
  • The people around you have suggested that you drink less.
  • You find yourself drinking where nobody can see you – drinking alone at home or hiding bottles when people are around.
  • The majority of your plans involves alcohol.
  • When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, a drink is the first thing you turn to.
  • You try to limit yourself but frequently fail and then feel bad about it afterwards.
  • You rely on alcohol to make you feel confident.

Common signs of drug abuse

  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes.
  • Dilated or constricted pupils.
  • Abrupt weight changes.
  • Problems with sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Increased aggression or irritability.
  • Changes in attitude/personality.
  • Sudden changes in a social network.
  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or
  • Involvement in criminal activity.
  • The majority of your plans involves drugs.

How can counselling help

The first step to change is acknowledging you have a problem. Your counsellor will not judge you for your lifestyle decision but will work with you to make positive changes in your life. Reducing your substance intake and eventually stopping may be the goal but most importantly exploring the reason behind the substance misuse is just as important.

The benefits are:

  • Teach you behavioural techniques to change your addictive behaviour and relationship to drugs and or alcohol.
  • Formulate a recovery plan to cut down your drinking and or alcohol.
  • Identify the underlying reasons for your dependency on the substance.
  • Provide encouragement and support to keep you on the straight and narrow.
  • Treat co-occurring conditions and get to the root of the issue.
  • Teach you ways to detox from the substance safely.
  • The counsellor may work with you according to your treatment plan.

Finding drugs and alcohol counselling near me

The bravest decision is to ask for help; if you recognise a problem with drug and or alcohol consumption, it is never too late to reach out for help.  Speak to one of our team to get help to find a therapist.