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Addiction Counselling Alberta

Addiction Help Alberta

Addiction is defined as problematic use. Though most think of substance abuse such as alcoholism or drug habit, addiction counselling can also address dependency on social media or sex. The risks from addiction can be mild or serious. However, you may find your mental health is being negatively impacted by an addiction even when visible symptoms may be considered mild. Treatments programs for problematic substance usage or other addictions may utilize therapy, medication, counselling, and/or intervention.

Alberta Mental Health offers online counselling for addiction to all Alberta residents.

Online Addictions Counselling Alberta

Whatever treatment option you decide, it must include positive relationships and support structures.

Explore your addiction treatment options


Once you're committed to recovering, you can begin exploring how to proceed. Although treatment may differ depending on your individual situation and type of addiction, successful programs typically incorporate addiction counselling including behaviour therapy. Individual therapy for a specific problem or disorder can be helpful in processing triggers, past trauma, and future patterns.

Tips for finding the best addiction treatment for you


  • Remember, treatment does not work for everybody. Everyone has a different path to addiction recovery, some requiring medical treatment. If you have a drug addiction problem, you can seek help with a counsellor trained in addictions counselling, but you may still require medical attention to address withdrawal symptoms. Our team of mental health professionals can help you to assess whether a comprehensive drug addiction treatment is right for you.

  • Find an addictions therapist that makes you feel safe and understood. Treatment must address the problem of addiction, which is why it is imperative your counsellor have addictions training. Addiction is a part of your entire life; it affects everything from relationships to employment, health to mental wellbeing. The chance of treatment success can be supplemented and supported through acquiring the right team for you to rely on.

Signs & Symptoms of Addiction

While symptoms of the addicted can only be experienced by the individual, signs may be perceived by those around them. Mental health issues manifest in various ways; you or your loved one may demonstrate some or all of these symptoms of addiction:

Drug cravings, frequent and excessive alcohol and drug use, stealing, lying, frequent and repeated instances wherein the individual is unaccounted for, withdrawal symptoms, tolerance issues, extreme mood changes, withdrawal from friends and family, seemingly unwell at times and better at others.

Don't let relapse keep you down

Different triggers can cause your body to fall back on its old habits. While the causes of relapse are different for everyone, the most common triggers include anxiety, stress, social settings in which the addictive substance is present, old relationships which promote the addictive behaviour, or believing one can engage in the addiction in a moderate way.

If you relapse, Keep going.

Call your sponsor, doctor, or therapist. Contact your therapist and make an appointment to check in- this is the first step. When you are back on track again, you should look for things you can do differently when it comes to preventing a relapse.

Working with an addiction therapist can help you to regain confidence in your ability to take control and make changes in your life. Use relapse as an opportunity to grow.

Learn healthy ways to cope with stress

After finding some success with your acute addiction problems, you will still have to manage addiction symptoms and triggers throughout your life. Clients often believe they can erase an addiction from their life, but by nature the addictive behaviours will want to resurface. Treatment will require a comprehensive understanding to help implement long lasting and effective treatments and plans for addiction. A counsellor can work with you to manage triggers in your life such as stress: together, you will build strategies and accountability to foster new reactions and coping mechanisms to stress.

Quickly relieve stress without drugs

Many people find the best stress reduction techniques are readily available in their lives. The most important thing is finding what is the best solution for your situation. Have you considered movements? A short walk can reduce stress which may be triggering you to relapse on your addictive behaviours. Yoga and meditation can be very effective at releasing stress and maintaining equilibrium. Step outdoors and enjoy the hot summer sunshine. Enjoy the stunning views. Play with a pet or cat. Enjoy your pets fur for a stimulating touch which may distract your brain as it tries to repeat old responses. Try smelling a candle or something which triggers a positive memory. Breathe in the aroma of fresh flowers and coffee. Close your eyes and imagine peace, work to forget problems which bombard your mind.

Build a meaningful drug-free life

Your activities or interests should provide meaningful experiences in your life. Cultivating passions begin by simply identifying something you enjoy- by engaging consciously with things that bring us joy, we can develop a deeper relationship and push ourselves to grow. This mental stimulation is edifying, rewarding, and purposeful. When your lifestyle has enjoyable activities and purpose it loses the attraction of addiction. Find something you like, and try many things! Do activities that challenge and stimulate your imagination. Learn musical instruments, learn another language or try an exciting sport. Adopt an animal! Yes. Animals are responsibilities, but taking care of them can help you feel loved and needed.

Helping someone quit drugs

Seeing a person you care about using drugs is difficult. This behaviour could be unusual or something you have witnessed occurring for quite some time; You may feel having a conversation with them about their problems might be tricky. Addiction counselling is not limited to the individual suffering from addiction. Often family and friends speak with a therapist to discuss how they can help their loved one through this challenging time. Our online addiction therapists are here to help you.