Addiction Counselling

Addiction Counselling explores the individual’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings and ultimately their behaviour.

Addiction Counselling

Addiction Counselling explores the individual’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings and ultimately their addictive behaviour. It focuses on the underlying issues that are motivating people to behave in the manner that is causing disruption in thier life.

Nu Energy specializes in addiction and other compulsive behaviours that negatively impact peoples lives. Addiction is usually accompanied by the absence of coping skills in particular areas of people’s lives. One predominant area is coping with emotional stressors. Addiction Counselling explores what is not working for an individual and replaces it with skills that will make life more fulfilling.

Nu Energy uses the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model to assess/treat addiction:

Biology
Addiction may be a product of an individual’s genetic make-up and this may predispose them to addiction.
Psychology
Addiction may be a product of an individual's mental process' or perceptions. This may include thoughts, emotions, or behaviours. The individual's self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth may be relevant to their addiction.
Social
Addiction may be a product of an individual’s environment and who they choose to spend their time with.
Spiritual
Addiction may be a product of an individual lacking meaning and purpose in their life. Individuals may try to fill this void with substances or other addictive behaviours.

Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change

Nu Energy uses the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change (Stages of Change Prochaska & DiClemente,1992) when working with our clients. This model is the foundation of the work I do. My goal is to support you from one stage to the next, bringing you closer to recovery.

Change is a process and when you decide to do something different such as discontinuing your use of drugs and/or alcohol, not taking another drink or drug does not mean the change is complete. There needs to be things done differently to stick to your plan of not drinking, doing drugs, or engaging in other addictive behaviors. This will increase your chance of being successful. Let’s explore these stages in more detail

Stages of Change

Precontemplation
This stage implies that a person is not contemplating (thinking) about change. They do not see a problem with their behaviours and have not met enough consequences to make change a priority. These individuals do not see why others think their behaviour is so problematic and usually get defensive. This stage resembles lack of awareness or understanding about the problematic behaviour. This is the stage where I help you recognize your problem areas and begin the process of acceptance.
Contemplation
In this stage, people acknowledge they have a problem and begin to think seriously about solving it. The primary feeling in this stage is ambivalence (mixed feelings). Individuals may struggle to understand the link betIen their behaviour and their life’s problems. A person in contemplation has not made any concrete decisions about changing their behaviour. This is the stage where I help you gain insight about your life and support you in making healthy lifestyle choices.
Preparation
This stage is about getting ready to make the change. Most people in preparation are planning to take action within the next month and are making the final adjustments before they begin to change their behaviour. The person may be committed to action, but may still feel ambivalent; this must be resolved in this stage. The person may have already made small behavioural changes. The person must be ready to focus more on the future than on the past. He/she then can start to imagine what life without drugs and/or alcohol will look like. This is the stage where we create a plan of how to best achieve your treatment goals.
Action
This is the stage where the behaviour change takes place. The action stage is not an event, it is a process! Most people think action equals change and this is true but not without including the other four stages. One thing that make this stage seem less challenging: rewarding yourself (comedy show, lunch with a friend, massage, etc). This will make it seem less of an obligation and more of a reminder that life can be fulfilling without drugs/alcohol. This is the stage where I support you in executing your plan.
Maintenance
During this stage the person will maintain the change that is taking place by following the plan they have created in the preparation stage. The key task is to build a new lifestyle inconsistent with the addictive behaviour (i.e.; change will be harder if you continue to associate with people who abuse drugs or alcohol). This is the stage where I provide ongoing support.
Stages of Change

Counselling Services

One hour counselling session: $110.00

Counselling services may be claimed through benefits coverage from your insurance carrier. It is a good rule of thumb to get prior authorization. I ask all clients to contact their insurance providers to get an explanation of their counselling coverage. Please contact the clinic to get the information your insurance company will require.