Drug & Alcohol Therapy

September 17, 2018

Drug & Alcohol Therapy

Lifetime rates of substance abuse/ dependence have been estimated at over 30% for alcohol and over 10% for other drugs. Across a 12 month period approximately 8.5% of the population have an alcohol use disorder, and 2% have a drug use disorder.

Physical dependence is sometimes considered indicative of having a ‘problem’ with drugs or alcohol. However, physical dependence is not required for drug and alcohol use to be problematic. Drug and alcohol use can be physically harmful, even if you are not physically dependent. If your drug and/or alcohol use is negatively impacting on other aspects of your life (work, relationships/ friendships, finances, psychological health etc.) it is also problematic and you may benefit from assistance in addressing it.

Large-scale research studies suggest psychological counselling/ therapy is an effective treatment for drug and alcohol disorders.

Several of the psychologists at Dennison Psychology (including, but not limited to, Dr Joanne Dennison and Lisa Ritchie) have significant experience working with clients who experience issues as a result of their drug and/or alcohol use. They draw on evidence-based treatments (including, but not limited to Motivational Interviewing, and CBT relapse prevention techniques) in delivering therapy to clients who wish to address problems related to their drug and/or alcohol use. 

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