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Substance use issues (e.g. alcohol)

Are you worried about alcohol, about how much alcohol you are drinking or your use of prescribed medication or illicit drugs? Are others in your life asking (or telling) you to stop because of their concern? Do the disadvantages of substance misuse outweigh the advantages for you yet? Do you need to talk through with one of our Clinical Psychologists; why are others concerned for you and where you are at on the road to change?

There is a continuum of people’s reaction to the idea of change, from:

  • not wanting to change (e.g., wanting to deny that such substance use is a serious enough problem);
  • through thinking about change (being open to the idea of possible change, contemplating change);
  • preparing to change;
  • taking the necessary action and;
  • keeping the new way going.

You might be anywhere on this path. An accepting Clinical Psychologist won’t try to pressurise you, to make you change. S/he will help you by exploring: how you feel about yourself and your substance use; how drinking alcohol or using drugs helps you; how else you can achieve the same effects (using other less damaging methods that don’t have such high associated costs) and; any underlying reasons behind your substance use. You may find that it’s a habit that now needs to change. Seeing a clinical psychologist and alcohol, or other, being targetted for therapy can be helpful for many.

Our Clinical Psychologists are on the About Us page click here or for more information or to book an appointment contact us here.

Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.

See also pages on: Adjusting to life changes (relationship break ups, pregnancy, parenthood, health changes, etc.); Anger issues; Anxiety and worry; Attachment difficulties; Bereavement; Depression / low mood; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Issues relating to early life experiences; Mood disorders; Motivational difficulties; Personality difficulties; Psychosis; PTSD; Relationship difficulties; Self-confidence; Self-esteem; Stress; Trauma (including Complex Trauma); Work related stress, burnout & career issues.


Clinical Psychology Service