Using substances or addictive behaviours to cope with underlying issues, you get short-term relief at a long-term cost. As you lose control, your health and relationships may be affected. You may then begin to realize the substance or behaviour is the problem, masking as the solution. If you've tried to stop and keep finding yourself back where you started, it can be frustrating. Counselling can help remove mental barriers, allowing you to break free from ineffective coping strategies so you can gain a sense of control, clarity, confidence, and start living the life you want. I often hear people say they try to reach out, but they don't feel understood. They often feel judged, unheard, or feel the person trying to help them has a hidden agenda. My approach is highly person-centered, meaning I help clients create a plan that works for their unique situation. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery. It can be hard to reach out for support. Many people wonder, "will it work for me?" and "what if things never change?" In early recovery, there's a lot of uncertainty. Luckily, long-term change is quite common, with the right support. If you don't know where to start, reach out for a free phone consultation and I can help guide you through the process.