"A JOURNEY OF SELF-LIBERATION"
WHAT IS SUBSTANCE MISUSE
At Nova Psychology, we recognize substance misuse as repetitive and damaging use of substances that may lead to dependence. Dependence arises when tolerance builds, accompanied by withdrawal symptoms without the substance.
For those grappling with substance misuse, we conduct a thorough assessment to discern psychological or physiological dependence. Under the oversight of a psychiatrist, treatment plans may include medication when beneficial. Emphasizing the psychological roots of misuse, we employ motivational interviewing to gauge your commitment to change. Based on your goals, whether abstinence or a reduction program, we tailor psychological support to suit your unique needs.
COMMONLY MISUSED SUBSTANCES
- Club drugs
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I get help for substance misuse?
You should seek support for substance misuse if you are finding yourself increasingly dependent on a substance (psychologically or physically). Physical dependency means that you are needing to take a substance at regular intervals throughout the day in order to not experience withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependency would mean that you are reliant on it to manage daily life. You may be finding that your substance misuse is having an impact on your life, whether that involves your performance at work or your relationships with the people around you.
What are the most effective treatments for substance misuse?
When should I seek in-patient treatment?
If you think you are struggling with physiological dependence, it is likely that you will need to detox from a substance and this is more safely carried out in an in-patient setting. If this is the case, we recommend speaking to your GP who will be able to discuss the options with you. Otherwise – and if you believe your dependence is more psychological – an assessment with one of our psychologists or psychiatrists will help determine the best next steps for you.