Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Depressants

Depressants slow down the activity of the brain and nervous system, slowing down the communication between the two components therefore you feel less. 

 

List of Depressants
• Cannabis
• GHB
• Inhalants
• Heroin
• Morphine
• Codeine
• Methadone
• Buprenorphine
• Oxycodone
• Hashish


Hallucinogens
Hallucinogens interfere with the brain and central nervous system in a way that results in radical distortions of a user’s perception of reality. Profound images, sounds and sensations will be experienced, however they do not actually exist.

List of Hallucinogens
• LSD
• Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybin)
• PCP (Phencyclidine)
• Ketamine
• Mescaline
• Rohypnol

We have extensive experience assisting clients with drug and alcohol dependence and are here to help.

We work closely with clients who are commencing and or completing detox programs.

 

If you simply want to learn more about how drugs and alcohol affect the mind and body call for an appointment today. 

Some people are able to use drugs or alcohol without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, its use can cause major problems at work, home, school, and in relationships or friendships, leaving you feeling isolated, depressed, helpless, or even suicidal.

Often you hear that drugs and alcohol cause personality problems or triggers unattractive characteristics. Here at Maple Tree Psychology we believe the opposite, the personality problem and or the unattractive characteristic is the cause of using drugs and alcohol. 

 

We use the model that people use drugs and alcohol as a form of avoiding or hiding from truth of character and personality. People use drugs and or alcohol to numb pain and escape from a harsh reality of their life.

Learning about the reasons why people become addicted to drugs and alcohol will give you an insight and clarity that can change your life help you beat your addictions. 

Many people first try drugs or alcohol out of curiosity, to perhaps have a good time or because their friends are doing it. Others use drugs and alcohol to ease a problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression. Using doesn’t automatically lead to abuse and there is no specific level at which drug use turns from casual to problematic. It varies by individual, drug and amounts used.

Drug or alcohol abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or frequency and more to do with how effective the drug is in assisting the person to escape from pain and discomfort.

No matter how often or how much you’re consuming drugs or alcohol, if your drug or alcohol use is causing problems in your life, workplace, school, home or in your relationships and friendships, you likely have a drug or alcohol problem.

There are three main categories of drugs.

​​Stimulants
Stimulants are drugs that stimulate the brain and central nervous system, speeding up communication between the two components. They usually increase alertness and physical activity. They include amphetamines, cocaine, crack and some inhalants like amyl or butyl nitrites. Your everyday coffee is a stimulant that many people have formed an addiction to. Those who stop drinking coffee suddenly even suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

 

List of Stimulants:

• Ecstasy
• Speed
• Base
• Ice
• Methamphetamine
• Amphetamine
• Dexamphetamine
• Cocaine
• Crack Cocaine
• Caffeine
• MDMA

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