addiction Counselling

addiction Counselling

We’ve all been through moments of feeling like we need “something” to feel better.

Addiction is a complex disorder that takes over the three key elements to a person’s well being: mind, body & spirit. And in most cases, addiction is used as an unhealthy coping mechanism for trauma, intense stress, emotional distress, depression, anxiety, etc.

For the individual struggling with the addiction there is an intense need to escape and avoid difficult experiences and painful emotions – often powerless over the addictive process.

There are two categories of addiction that can takeover a person’s life:

  • Process Addiction, i.e., gambling, sex, shopping, etc.

  • Substance Addiction, i.e., alcohol, cocaine, opiates, etc.

Some of the ways to identify if you have an addiction are if you continue to engage in the addictive behaviour despite negative consequences, withdrawal symptoms, urge based response to triggers, people in your life voice concerns, etc.

For the individual struggling with the addiction there is an intense need to escape and avoid difficult experiences and painful emotions. They often experience feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness over the addictive process.

It is also very difficult for people supporting an individual with an addiction. It is hard to know how to help, where to begin or when helping is hurting (enabling), navigating difficult decisions and understanding the addiction.

Rivers Edge counsellors can help you or your loved one understand and overcome their addiction. Addiction counselling sessions are available, one-on-one.

Addiction Counselling Can Help:

  • Identifying and manage triggers

  • Stabilize and understand the process of addiction

  • Learn to manage emotions and replace unhealthy responses with healthy ones

  • Support with multi-level and community based intervention

  • Help rediscover the person’s identity and sense of self

  • Work through the stages of change

  • Regain a sense of personal power and control

  • Learn more about your addiction

Addiction Counselling Can Help Loved Ones:

  • Understand how they can help the addict in their life – caregiver support

  • Understand of recovery process of an addict

  • Develop healthy boundaries

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River’s Edge Addiction Counselling Therapists

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Petrina Runke
Addiction is multifaceted and complex. It often causes significant pain and loss for the individual experiencing the addiction and their loved ones.... read more
I specialized in addiction counselling for 8 years, working in adult and youth inpatient, detox and treatment centres. I utilize motivational interviewing as a way of connecting with people to understand and help promote their readiness to change. I incorporate various therapeutic approaches to help individuals make changes in their lives, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Relapse is a common part of addiction recovery, which makes relapse prevention a critical part of addiction counselling. I work closely with the individual to develop resources, supports, and skills to maintain changes. Petrina 's Full Bio

Nicholas Renaud
With 7 years of experience working with addictions and concurrent mental health disorders, I help individuals and their families overcome challenging issues related to internet, gaming, and substance addiction... read more
Using evidence-based and harm-reduction approaches, treatment aims to build skills and strategies to help clients regain control in their lives, reduce the problematic effects of these issues, and build a positive future.   Nicholas's Full Bio

Dr. Olive Okraku
I have worked with teenagers and adults who have present substance use concerns or concurrent disorders meaning they have both mental health illness (e.g. depression, schizophrenia) and have a substance use problem. I use motivational interviewing more
assess readiness or ambivalence to change their behaviors and subsequently, their substance use. I also use client-centered therapy and include some CBT techniques to provide psychoeducation and enable individuals to have a perspective and make informed choices. In addition, I focus on any beliefs that are maintaining the behavior of using substances. In my experience, most addiction issues are masked by a single or multiple-traumatic events. I use EMDR and CBT which are effective in processing these events. Dr. Olive's Full Bio

Renée Dangerfield
You are more than your behaviour and therapy should therefore focus on more than a set of behaviours in order to help you maintain the changes you desire. Addiction does not happen in a vacuum and therapy can help you sort out why you may return to old ways of coping despite your desire to more
I believe that addiction is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual issue and that approaching it in a holistic way supports the best possible outcomes. I have been actively engaged in learning about and treating addiction for the past 30 years, including specialized training in England, working as an addictions counsellor with Alberta Health Services, and most recently, four years of intensive research during my clinical master’s degree. Renée's Full Bio

Kristeen Britton
If you are struggling with the use and overuse of substances or activities, it can be difficult to move forward in more
Using cognitive behavioural methods, we will explore your addiction through your thoughts, emotions, and actions, and aim to break the cycle of your addiction while we also explore the causes and underlying reasons behind your struggle. Finally, we will work to enrich your life and provide you with meaning and purpose outside of your current addictive behaviours. Kristeen's Full Bio

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