When a potential client contacts an addiction treatment service, an assessment process begins. The two most fundamental issues in assessment are determining the most appropriate treatment alternatives, and developing a plan of care that is consistent with the client’s particular needs and preferences. After a thorough assessment, we can offer guidance and a recommended treatment plan. This might entail referral to appropriate psychologists, psychiatrists and/or other experienced professionals. We can also assist in arranging a detox where necessary, as well as a period of residential treatment where extra support is needed. Lastly, we can also help family or significant others to confront a loved one, where a substance abuse problem exists but the abuser is unwilling or unable to accept it.
Counselling allows for the development of understanding and insight into any difficulties that clients may be experiencing, for the promotion of emotional resilience, and for the supportive context in which clients can begin to effect real and sustainable change. Individual counselling is a collaborative effort between a client and his/her counsellor. The goal is to provide an open, holding, and confidential environment in which clients can address the issues that are concerning them. Family counselling brings together the members of a family as a group. The individuals in the group act as a source of insight and support, while reinforcing the idea that each individual is not the only one experiencing these problems. In this way, understanding, mutual values and common objectives are facilitated.