• Addictions Counselling

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    Finding a Winnipeg Addictions Counsellor That's Right for YOU

    Are you among the many people for whom reaching out and asking for help feels vulnerable and scary? If so, you are not alone, and we are so glad you are here today.

    One thing that can greatly lower the anxiety about getting help is to find a Winnipeg addictions counsellor who's a good fit for you personally, and who specializes in the area in which you are seeking support. Here's why we believe doing your research to find your addictions counsellor is important: a) We never assume we are the right fit for everyone, and b), many people struggle to get started with researching nearby addictions supports.

    Here are some tips: Google phrases like "addictions counsellor near me", "addictions services Winnipeg," "addictions counselling in Winnipeg," or something of that nature.

    Other great resources you may want to check out are Psychology Today and Theravive.

    We would be so happy to work with you. However, we are also glad you're taking this time to do your research before you choose your Winnipeg addictions counsellor.

    When You Feel Stuck

    You are struggling with an addiction that has cost you too much of your valuable life. You would like to heal from traumatic experiences that led to your addiction in the first place. The stigma and shame around addictions have kept you from speaking to friends, family, and loved-ones about ways you can get help. And it's getting harder to cope.

    Does any of this sound like you or someone you love? If so, we are so glad you're here.

    And if you've been trying to find an addictions counsellor in Winnipeg, but haven't been able to get yourself to reach out, then being here is a great first step.

    Our Philosophy of Addictions

    We believe people engage in addictions not out of moral failure but out of sincere desire to live a normal and healthy life. The addiction serves a perfectly understandable function. It does something for you. In other words, the addiction is an attempt to solve a problem, which may include but is certainly not limited to: general anxiety, career dissatisfaction, loss of a love-one, PTSD, and/or relational, sexual, and other traumatic experiences.

    We approach our work from a no-judgment, Person Centered perspective. We will work towards YOUR unique goals, together. Our desire is to help you to become a more empowered, healthier, happier, and more fulfilled YOU.

    We will not require you to quit your addiction to enter into and remain in therapy with us. However, in order to optimize therapeutic outcomes, we request that you refrain from coming to session under the influence of mind altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. This will give you space and clarity of mind to engage in our work together and will lead to stronger therapeutic outcomes for you.

    There are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your unique goals and desires. We will explore the underlying causes that led to and maintain the addiction, and together, we will craft a plan for your ongoing recovery and empowerment.

    Addictions are normal and affect most people. Yes, you read correctly. At Empower Counselling Services Winnipeg we believe addictions are normal. The difference is that addictions have varying degrees of negative life-impacts on the person with the addiction and the people around them. For example: Coffee has been proven to be quite addictive. But, it doesn’t normally impact people’s relationships, jobs, and mental and physical health, in negative ways as other substance (e.g. drugs and alcohol) and behavioural (e.g. gambling, sex, shopping) addictions often do. This is how many people distinguish between ‘normal’ addiction and, well, you know, addictions that are judged because they tend to cause more harm.

    Common Roots of Addictions

    More often than not, addictions start with experimental use in social situations. And for some people, engagement in the addiction becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to engage more frequently to get the desired effect, and soon a person may need the addiction to simply "feel good” or avoid negative withdrawal feelings.

    Common Causes for Addictions

    • Depression
    • General Anxiety
    • Mental Illness
    • Anxiety about something specific (e.g. COVID-19, your future...)
    • Loss and grief of a loved-one
    • Relationships (family, friends, lovers)
    • Career and vocation dissatisfaction
    • Traumatic life experiences
    • Low appreciation for and confidence in yourself, i.e. low self esteem
    • Loneliness
    • Boredom

    Addiction symptoms and behaviours include, among others:

    • Feeling the need to engage in the addiction regularly, which can be weekly, daily, or multiple times a day
    • Having intense urges
    • Over time, needing to engage more frequently to get the same effect
    • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
    • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do, such as stealing and secrecy (hiding the addition from loved-ones)
    • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting access and time to engage with the addiction
    • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
    • Failed attempts to quit
    • Spending more and more financial and other resources to engage with the addiction

    Counselling for Friends & Family of Love-Ones with Addictions

    When Loved-Ones Struggle

    Someone you love struggles with addictions. They frequently change their behaviour, but when you ask, they lie about their addictions. You've tried everything you can to try to help, and just don't know where to turn to for help anymore. And you're tired. And it's getting harder to cope.

    You've been trying to find a therapist in Winnipeg for yourself or your loved-one, but haven't been able to get yourself to reach out.

    Counselling Support for Loved-Ones

    Loved-ones are too often overlooked in conversations about and supports for individuals with addictions. We want you to know that we know this is hard for you too. We know that seeing a friend or family member struggle with addictions can be heart-breaking. It can also create significant relational strain. It can be a lonely road for you, and sometimes it is difficult to remain hopeful that anything will change. When you see this happen to a loved-one, you do everything we can to help, but sometimes your unconditional love simply isn’t enough.

    The good news is that you do not need to be alone in this. Therapy can help you cope and develop healthy boundaries, and get you the support you need and deserve. Though you cannot change your loved-one, you can change your response. You can get the care and support you need and deserve.

    Signs and symptoms of recent use may include:

    ◻️ Feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence

    ◻️ Increased alertness

    ◻️ Increased energy and restlessness

    ◻️ Behavioral changes or aggression

    ◻️ Rapid or rambling speech

    ◻️ Dilated pupils

    ◻️ Delusions and hallucinations

    ◻️ Irritability or changes in mood

    ◻️ Financial struggles and increased mysterious expenses

    If your loved-one comes to mind with any of the above symptoms and behaviors of addictions, it may be time to consider finding a Winnipeg addictions counsellor for them, or a support therapist for yourself.

    Therapy for yourself may help your loved-one: As you get healthier, you will find renewed strength, energy, and more empowerment to walk this journey of addictions-support with your loved-one.

    There are many paths to successful recovery that will work with the goals and desires of your loved-one, and ensure they can make the life changes they need to make. Sometimes the place to start is to seek support counselling for yourself. This can help you become more empowered to respond in new ways, and gain the health you need to walk this journey of addictions with your love-one.


    We would love to hear from you even if you’re not ready to make a commitment to an appointment. Feel free to call or email us today to request a FREE 15-minute phone or video consultation.

    141 Sherbrook Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2B5

    (431) 688-8103