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Drug Addiction Counselling

Counselling is one of the most effective treatments for overcoming drug addiction. Either as a treatment itself or as part of rehab, addiction counselling can consist of one to one or group sessions with likeminded individuals. Below you will find all the information needed for you to make a decision when considering counselling for drug addiction. If you, or a loved one, would benefit from speaking to a drugs counsellor, then call Port of Call today on 08000029010.

How and why to contact a drugs counsellor

What is drug addiction counselling?

Drug addiction counselling not only addresses the symptoms of drug addiction but is also used to inform the structure of your treatment programme. There is a significant focus on introducing a change to your behaviour. You will be familiarised with the 12-step ideology and provided with the tools required for recovery.

The end goal is to help you, or your loved one, achieve recovery and maintain abstinence in the long-term. In addition to this, the aim is to help you to also recover from the damage that your drug addiction caused in your life.

Depending on what you require, sessions can take place either in a group, or one to one environment, with a registered counsellor or psychiatrist. The treatment focuses on you sharing your story with others, overcoming isolation and loneliness, and gaining the support you need.

What to expect from a meeting with a drugs counsellor?
  • Group sessions – You will be encouraged to share your past experiences, whilst looking at how far you have come. This method can be cathartic for the individual sharing the story and helpful for those listening.
  • Dealing with cravings – Drug and substance abuse counselling aim to assist you to find ways to deal with cravings and continue with your recovery and abstinence.
  • Combat coexisting problems – For example, depression and anxiety.

When attending counselling, one of the most common therapies is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which encourages you to recognise the link between drug cravings and your feelings and turning these feelings into healthier thoughts. Motivational Enhancement Therapy is also a common type of counselling for drug addicts, along with relapse prevention.

Benefits of drug addiction counselling
  • Healthier state of mind – By speaking to a therapist, your state of mind could be changed for the better, helping you to deal with drug cravings and prevent relapse. Social and psychological factors can put you at high risk of relapse, even after your physical drug dependency has been quashed, so addressing these issues can help to reduce this likelihood.
  • Group sessions – Group counselling is an extremely beneficial method of treatment, as you not only receive the counsellor’s guidance but support from your peers as well.
  • One to one counselling – As an individual, you may prefer to focus on yourself and your own addictions, so a session with just you and a trained professional may be more beneficial
Help for partners, families and parents

In many cases, families, partners or parents are affected by drug abuse too. In which case, drug abuse counselling for families are available. Living with someone who has a destructive relationship with drugs can be tiring. Family members can often experience a number of painful and conflicting emotions, ranging from frustration, to loneliness and confusion, when trying to help a loved one. Addiction counselling can help them to understand this pain and channel it into helping with your recovery. 


The right help, at the right time

We understand what you are going through and can help you to take the right steps in recovery. We can help you to access the appropriate treatment and guidance, depending on your individual requirements.

At Port of Call, we offer a free and confidential assessment over the phone, where we can evaluate your needs and help you to plan your recovery treatment. If you or a loved one require assistance, please call our free phone line today, on 08000029010 or email

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