Addiction Counselling in Calgary

Courage to change

What is Addictions Counselling?

Our approach to addiction treatment in Calgary reinforces the best aspects of our clients. Confronting addiction issues may feel overwhelming, but understanding the chance for improvement or growth can be essential to successful treatment. Addiction is a treatable condition involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. Our compassionate addictions counselling is rooted in an approach that is evidence-based and comprehensive, moving from initial assessment and treatment to a focus on relapse prevention and maintenance of productive changes made.

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted?

Research on addiction differentiates between substance addiction and process addiction. With substance addiction, a person develops a compulsive relationship with one or multiple substances, such as drugs or alcohol. Process addiction refers to a compulsive relationship with some sort of activity, such as gaming or sex.

& Irritability

Loss of Control /
Constant Cravings

Changes in

Loss of Interest
in Relationships

How Does Addiction Counselling in Calgary Work?​

The varying nature of addiction means that no two counselling plans are identical. We work with our clients to understand their needs and develop a treatment plan that effectively works for them. This may involve exploring unhealthy triggers, counteracting negative behaviours or looking at past issues to discover underlying problems. Overall, we offer solutions to change the relationship with the substance or activity. Our addictions counselling relies on proven methods and can employ a holistic approach to care. For example, addiction issues may develop in response to poor sleep, which makes insomnia treatment in Calgary an important component of the solution for some individuals.
You can become

Change Your Relationship With Addiction

Freeing yourself from the burden of addiction can be frustrating or challenging. However, your perseverance is an intricate part of the healing process, and you will grow stronger and discover benefits as you confront it. When you work to change your relationship to the substance or activity to which you are addicted, all aspects of your life can benefit. Contact us to learn more about obtaining the proper support of addiction counselling services

Addictions counselling gives you tools to identify negative habits and separate yourself from the symptoms of addiction. 

Addiction counselling is a specialized form of therapy aimed at helping individuals overcome and manage addiction problems, which can include substance use disorders or behavioural addictions, such as gambling or internet addiction. The goal is to help individuals identify the root causes of their addiction, develop coping mechanisms, and build a sustainable recovery plan. 

At Alberta Forensic Psychology, our addictions counselling is evidence-based and comprehensive, including an initial assessment, treatment, relapse prevention and maintenance of productive changes made.

An activity becomes an addiction when you develop a compulsive relationship with some sort of activity. Some behavioural changes include defensive and irritability, loss of control, constant cravings, changes in behaviour, and loss of interest in relationships.

Please be advised that the above can be symptoms of other issues, which is why an initial assessment is important to determine the right diagnosis.

Some common signs of addiction include a persistent focus on a substance that interrupts daily life and the harmful repetition of engagement in particular behaviours. When confronted, blaming others, defensiveness, or denial can also be signs of an addiction issue.

Anyone struggling with a substance use disorder or a behavioural addiction can benefit from addiction counselling. This can include people struggling with addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or behaviours such as gambling, eating, sex, and internet use.

Addiction counselling can be highly effective, but its success often depends on the individual’s commitment to the process, the skill and experience of the counsellor, and the appropriateness of the treatment plan for the individual’s specific needs. Other factors, like supportive social networks and stable living conditions, can also significantly impact recovery success.

The length of addiction counselling can vary widely depending on the individual’s needs and the severity of their addiction. Some people may require short-term counselling for a few months, while others may benefit from long-term counselling that spans several years.

Addiction is considered a chronic disease, much like diabetes or heart disease. It can be managed successfully, but it often requires long-term treatment and ongoing management. The goal of addiction counselling is not to “cure” the addiction but to help individuals manage their condition and live a fulfilling, productive life in recovery and to prevent relapse.

The varying nature of addiction means that no two counselling plans are identical. We work with our clients to understand their needs and develop a treatment plan that effectively works for them. This can include:

  • Exploring unhealthy triggers
  • Counteracting negative behaviours
  • Looking at past issues to discover underlying problems

Yes, many addiction counsellors offer online services, which can include individual or group sessions conducted via video call. Online counselling can be especially helpful for those who live in remote areas, have busy schedules, or feel more comfortable discussing their issues from the comfort of their own home.

This depends on your situation and treatment plan. Several possible scenarios may happen:

  • Ongoing support
  • Aftercare planning such as medication management (if applicable), regular check-ins, or participation in relapse prevention programs
  • Maintenance strategies 
  • Reintegration in daily life
  • Support from family and friends 

Direct billing

We believe in removing barriers to accessing treatment.

We can direct bill many major insurance companies to ensure your experience with us is more convenient and stress-free.

WE care

Our Approach

Our care approach for trauma counselling in Calgary revolves around you.

Begin by booking an appointment with one of our psychologists specifically, or request a match with one based on your individual needs. During your first meeting, we’ll learn about you and your treatment goals and offer our recommendations for specific, evidence-based help. We can also perform assessments to properly diagnose your mental health concerns, enabling us to customize your treatment further. Each subsequent session is a refinement of your goals and the methods that we use to reach them. We encourage growth and self-reflection throughout the process and welcome you to control as much of the decision-making as you are comfortable with.