Addiction, Drug, Alcohol, Co-Dependence Counselling

Do any of the following sound familiar?

  • Do you feel your Alcohol or other Drug use is out of control?
  • Do you find that once started you are not able to stop drinking?
  • Are you drinking/taking drugs because you are hurting/want to forget/don’t want to ‘feel’?
  • Is your daily life dominated by thoughts of when you will be drinking or using drugs next?
  • Do you miss out on work commitments/social activities due to drinking/using drugs?
  • Have your friends/colleagues/family or a health proffessional expressed concern about your drinking/drug use?
  • Do you often feel remorse, guilt or shame after drinking?

These are some of the indicators that you might not be in charge of your drinking or drug use. Or -

  • You might be seeking reassurance that you are still in charge of your drinking/drug use.
  • Do you feel affected by the drinking or drug use of someone close to you?
  • Did you grow up in an environment where Alcohol and Drug use was a common occurrence?

If you answer 'Yes' to any of the questions above you may want to consult one of our resident practitioners to discuss how we may be able to help.

Understanding Codependence

Codependence is addiction to outside issues to enable us to feel comfortable within ourselves. Some codependency characteristics are:

  • Caretaking – believing your life is about taking care of others – and finding that your needs are not met or that you have no right to ‘expect anything from anyone’
  • Low Self worth - defensive/angry – dominated by ‘shoulds’/guilt
  • Denial ignoring problem/pretending they are not happening
  • Lack of Trust (yourself/others)
  • Power and Control issues - desperately trying to stay in charge/or feeling powerless
  • Weak Boundaries - difficulties saying ‘no’ – or utilizing rigid belief patterns in order to do so
  • Dependency - keeping on re-enacting dysfunctional relationship patterns – seeking love/attention from people incapable of ‘loving/caring’, looking for happiness outside yourself, believing ‘love’ equates hate; struggling with your own addiction patterns - i.e. your relationship with food, indulging in activities that help you to avoid to be emotionally present.

The Durham Centre

At the Durham Centre we offer:

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Alcohol and Other Drug Use (also of assistance in work and legal situations)
  • Individual and family alcohol and other drug counselling
  • Alcohol and Drug education including drinking moderation
  • Referral to treatment
  • Individual therapy for co-dependency issues

Our staff are trained in addiction counselling and have extensive experience in treating problems arising from addiction – whether it is your own alcohol or drug use you might be concerned about or the affects of having lived/living in a dysfunctional family system. We can assist you to work towards the goals you are setting for yourself and to regain control over the addiction patterns that have afflicted your life.

 

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