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Substance Abuse Counselling

Last updated on: Friday, 8 March 2024

Substance abuse counseling in Canada and therapy can be found in all major cities. It can be challenging to know what type of therapy to select. However, a good assessment can determine the proper treatment for someone with a drug problem. Also, with the pandemic, counseling is now available through video calls.

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  • What is substance abuse counselling?

    Substance abuse counselling provides help to individuals who have substance use disorders or behavioral problems. Substance abuse counsellors provide treatment and support for people trying to overcome substance use disorders or addiction.

  • Where is substance abuse counselling provided?

    Substance abuse counselling is provided in a variety of different settings. It is offered in residential and outpatient drug rehab centers, hospitals, mental health clinics, halfway houses, probation and parole agencies, detox centers, government agencies, and private practices.

  • What does a substance abuse counselor do?

    Substance abuse counsellors work with individuals and groups, providing counselling, education, and support to anyone who is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. It is also common for substance use counsellors to be case managers and refer individuals to drug and alcohol rehab.

  • What are common substance use counselling techniques?

    There are various techniques used to address substance use disorders and help people maintain sobriety. Some of the common approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and drug education and prevention.

  • How do I know if substance abuse counselling is working?

    Substance abuse counselling is working when you can begin to take control of your life, maintain sobriety, and no longer have the urge to abuse drugs or alcohol. Overall, it is different for each person, as each individual experiences different milestones.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from DrugRehab.ca’s “Ask a Professional” are answered by Nickolaus Hayes. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at N.hayes@drugrehab.ca.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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