Counselling for Addictions
Therapy for Addiction in Kitchener-Waterloo
Addiction is a complex, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. Addiction leads to changes in the wiring of the brain which leads to intense cravings for the drug, thus making is hard to stop using. Drug addiction affects all spheres of a person’s life: physical, emotional, and social.
Supporting those through Addiction in Kitchener-Waterloo
Treatment for addiction typically begins with motivational interviewing and assessing the individual’s readiness for change. Following this, cognitive behaviour therapy coupled with mindfulness skills are used to support the individual to overcome their substance use. Individuals should be monitored by a healthcare professional while in treatment. It is also beneficial for individuals to seek out higher levels of care for addiction treatment, such as CAMH (Toronto), Portage (Elora), and House of Friendship (Kitchener).
For caregivers concerned about their loved one’s substance use, I provide caregiver focused treatment. I utilize the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) model and Emotion Focused Family Therapy to support caregivers through this challenging time with their loved one and increase the likelihood that their loved one will seek treatment.