Addictions

Online:

Twelve Things to Do when your Loved One is Addicted  Excerpted from “Codependent No More”  By Melody Beattie – Guidelines on how to handle a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Adult Children of Alcoholics List of Characteristics Excerpted from Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet G. Woititz (listed above) – Adult children of alcoholics have several characteristics in common as a result of having been brought up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional family system.  See what those characteristics are and which ones you recognize in yourself or a loved one.

Books:

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by  Gabor Mate – looks at the epidemic of various addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and outlines what is needed to break free of them. Starting with a dramatically close view of Maté’s drug addicted patients, this book tells stories of real people and the reader can easily relate to them.

Adult Children of Alcoholics  by  Janet Geringer Woititz – One reader’s description of this book says it all: “This book doesn’t give you excuses but does offer explanations for choices children of alcoholics make. It makes you aware of behavior patterns that are learned in households where at least one of the caretakers was/is an alcoholic. Not an easy read the first time through because it can hit some raw spots, it is incredibly thought provoking and may entice you to take another look at your life or the lives of people close to you.”

Types of Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Individual
  • Family
Issues Addressed
  • Mental Health
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Trauma
  • Relationship
    • Communication
    • Conflict
    • Intimacy
  • Addiction
  • Grief & Loss
Benefits of Counselling
  • Confidential, individualized approach
  • Provides a sense of relief and hope
  • Opportunity to be heard and supported
  • Free of judgement or criticism
  • Provides direction, empowerment
Counselling Techniques
  • Client Centered & Solution Focused Therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing)
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy