Drug and Alcohol Counselling
- Feel that you use too much alcohol or other drugs?
- Experience mood-swings?
- Feel that alcohol and drugs prevent you getting the most out of your studies?
- Find it difficult to socialize and relate to others when sober?
- Have friends and family who worry about your alcohol or drug use?
-In a social life, alcohol and drugs sometimes may seem hard to avoid. Alcohol is often an integral part of a social life. Many feel that alcohol and drugs help with socializing by loosening inhibitions, taking the edge of stress and anxiety and helping to relax and unwind. Being in a new environment, having to face new challenges and being away from home for perhaps the first time make it tempting to use alcohol and drugs as 'stress-busters'.
Alcohol & drugs can also be used to mask deeper or underlying distress and trauma, which makes it hard to draw a line between recreational and problem drug or alcohol use.
Excessive amounts of any substance can gradually lead to a range of symptoms that signal a deterioration of general well-being. Sleeplessness, increased anxiety, mood-swings, concentration difficulties, lack of motivation, risky and self-injurious or aggressive behaviour, ill health and social difficulties can be the result.
If you are experiencing problems related to alcohol and drugs and feel that you would like to cut down or stop:
Our counsellors offer confidential counselling and advice to help with alcohol and other drug related problems The Programme offers confidential:
- Advice and information
- Support with substance use reduction or cessation
- Help with access and referral to other relevant services
Personal Counselling Programme
Counselling is an environment where an individual, couple or group can disclose personal issues, problems thoughts and feelings in a safe, secure and totally confidential setting. Sometimes, we may not consider what we have to discuss is an "issue" or a "problem" but simply something that we would like to discuss with a person who is not emotionally involved with the situation. It may be you have an important decision to make and that you would like to talk the matter through with someone who will give you totally independent and unbiased feedback.
Whatever the situation, the Counsellor will listen and prompt in a non-judgmental manner with empathy and understanding, helping you to explore the issues presented. The aim of the Counsellor is to work with you with a view to coping with issues, decision making, relationships, thoughts and feelings that may be causing concern. Put simply, a Counsellor helps you work through a problem rather than treating it as a symptom.
Counsellors will always handle sensitive information with great care. In order for a counsellor to work with you on your issues he/she aims to establish an atmosphere of honesty, openness and mutual respect.
A Counsellor will ensure that your privacy is respected and will endeavour to create a safe and secure environment making the counselling experience more enjoyable, allowing you the opportunity to develop your own answers and coping mechanisms or come to your own decision to the problems and issues presented.
How can counselling help?
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They will not usually give advice, but will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems.
Counselling can help you to:
Cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
Cope with redundancy or work-related stress
Explore issues such as sexual identity
Deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your ambitions
Deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
Understand yourself and your problems better
Feel more confident
Develop a better understanding of other people's points of view