Addiction Counselling

Addiction Counselling Birmingham, UK

Regain Control: Addiction Counseling in Birmingham

At Kay’s Counselling, we understand the challenges that come with addiction, and we are here to offer compassionate and tailored support to individuals seeking to overcome the grip of substance abuse and addictive behaviors. Our non judgemental and experienced team in Birmingham are hear to help to towards recovery.

Addiction Counselling


A crucial process in the journey towards recovery is addiction counselling. Its helps people start to rebuild their lives one step at a time with coping strategies which help with substance abuse and also addictive behaviours. Here at Kay’s Counselling we approach addiction counselling with understanding and a focus on the individuals well-being.

Any form of addiction means having difficulty controlling repeat behaviour, with the results of your behaviour being harmful. You will feel the urge to do something repeatedly because of the need to escape from upsetting/painful emotions and or situations. If you find yourself in any of these situations you may benefit from addiction counselling in Birmingham.

The compulsions which drive a person to repeat the above behaviour can have devastating effects, causing more pain and hurt not only for the person involved but also their family and friends. Individuals who get caught in compulsive behaviour cycles can benefit from addiction counselling in Birmingham where they are provided crucial support and intervention.

Addictions take form in many different ways: drinking alcohol, taking drugs, overeating, gambling, internet, sex, smoking, solvent abuse etc. Addictions develop due to the way substances make you feel emotionally and physically, this is when addiction counselling in Birmingham can be beneficial to you.

The cycle continues and can get worse if the time between you carrying out the activity is shortened. This cycle becomes more difficult to break the longer it continues and you may want to seek addiction counselling.

In a lot of cases you may not be aware of your addiction and the effect this is having on your relationships, work and/or your health. As a result, you may find that you’re unable to quit your addiction on your own and require support to do so. 

Addiction therapy in Birmingham is a crucial key to helping you recognise the problem, work on resolving the problem, working out how and why your emotions are affecting your behaviour, develop coping strategies for the future and eventually be able to abstain from your addiction altogether. 

With Addiction Therapy Birmingham, you can get the essential help you need to identify and address your addiction problem, understand and manage your emotions and behaviour, learn coping skills for the future, and ultimately achieve abstinence from your addiction

Addiction Counselling
Causes of Addictions

There a number of causes for alcohol addiction or drug addiction, these causes vary greatly from one person to the next:

• Stress: Science strongly supports a link between stress and addictions. Feeling stressed can have a negative emotion/feeling associated with it: to escape this feeling, you may try some addictive substances

• Childhood trauma: As a child you may have suffered from abuse, neglect, experience persistent family problems, sexual abuse and or other traumas because of this you are more vulnerable to developing an addiction

• Environment:  It’s thought that people are more vulnerable to addictions; who live, go to school or work in environments in which use of addictive substances is common

• Mental health issues: If you have a mental health issue (such as depression and/or anxiety) you are more likely to develop an addiction

• Family history: Research shows that children’s who parents have addictions are likely to develop addictions themselves

• Early use of substances: Evidence has been shown that the younger a person is when they are exposed to substances and activities the more likely they will become addicted.

Types of addictions

There are two types of addictions; physical and psychological.

Physical addiction is when you have a dependency on substances to get a ‘high’ or gain pleasure. On occasions you may find that you see or experience something which can cause you to feel the sensation of the pleasure of taking the substance, which can cause you to crave the ‘fix’ to fill you with warmth, calm, clarity and release from everyday life and pressures, this can create a wish seek a therapist in Birmingham. 


For a short period of time, everything can seem like its better, however when you come back to reality the feelings of hopelessness follow. This then makes you want to feel the ‘high’ again and to do this you have to take the substances again; developing and enabling the cycle of addiction.

This type of addiction is known as the biological state where the body becomes used to the substance so the substance no longer has an effect and you may benefit from addiction counselling in Birmingham. As the body has got used to the substance (tolerance) it can show signs of withdrawal; cravings increase and the person then has more and more of the substance within a shorter space of time – trapping them into this cycle and you may want to seek addiction counselling.


Psychological addiction is when you have an overwhelming feeling which can leave you looking for a way to cope with the things that are going on and the way you cope is through addiction. You will find that on occasions you will have a void or need for something within your life which you are trying to fill and the way you’ve found to do this is through the addictive activity, due to this you may wish to seek addiction counselling in Birmingham.


This could be that you need to block out negative thoughts/feelings/experiences. Psychological addictions are based solely on filling the need and as such the addiction can change forms i.e. gambling addictively for a period of time and then switching to drinking alcohol. In these cases the focus which isn’t the activity but the certain kind of emotional strain you are trying to fill.

This type of addiction tends to lead to other negative feelings e.g. guilt, despair, failure and shame which again creates a cycle and traps and you may want to seek an addiction counsellor Birmingham in these stages.

Addiction Counselling & Therapy Birmingham, UK

Signs of addiction

There are many signs of addiction and some may vary depending on the substance and the activity:

• Unable to control the use of substances or activity which shows signs of physical impairment

• Severe cravings/feelings to take the substances or activity
• Increased use of substances and or activity
• Continuing to use the substances despite negative consequences
• Changes in mood, irritability, poor focus, lack of concentration, feeling shaky and or nausea
• Having repetitive relapses
• Personality and or behavioural changes
• Neglecting responsibilities and important tasks in everyday life I.e. attending work/school, completing assignments
• Focusing the majority of your time on when you will get to take the substance or undertake the activity again

In most cases you may be unaware of your addiction or the impact it is having on your life and the lives of your friends/families lives. Others may be aware of your addiction but you may be in denial; believing you’re in control and can stop at any time, denial is prominent in situations where the addiction is your main or only way of coping and you may want to seek addiction counselling in Birmingham.

You may ignore your addiction due to fear or not being able to live your day-to-day life without the addiction present. In the most severe cases of addiction, you will find yourself in a financially difficult position, you may end up losing your job or your home because of your unpredictability and or lack of focus on your responsibilities, you may also lose your loved ones as addiction causes strains on relationships.

Our Approach to Addiction Counselling


Our addiction counselling services are tailored to address the unique needs of each individual. Our treatments vary depending on the Individual, here are some below:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Addressing thought patterns and behaviors related to addiction, helping individuals develop healthier coping strategies.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Fostering intrinsic motivation to make positive behavioral changes and sustain recovery.
  • Relapse Prevention: Equipping individuals with the skills to identify triggers and effectively manage cravings to prevent relapse.
  • Family Therapy: Involving loved ones in the recovery process to rebuild supportive and healthy relationships.
Benefits of Addiction Counselling

Engaging in addiction counseling can lead to numerous benefits, including:

  • Empowerment: Regaining a sense of control and empowerment over one’s life and choices.
  • Coping Skills: Developing healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress, triggers, and life’s challenges without resorting to substance abuse.
  • Supportive Environment: Accessing a safe and non-judgmental space to process challenges, setbacks, and triumphs on the road to recovery.
  • Personal Growth: Nurturing personal growth, self-awareness, and a renewed sense of purpose beyond addiction.
Drug Misuse Statistics
  • In 2018, 4,359 people died from drug poisoning in the UK, with 2,917 of these deaths attributed to drug misuse, marking a 17% increase from the previous year1.
  • Cannabis, cocaine, and nitrous oxide were identified as the most commonly used drugs in the UK between 2018 and 20191.


Approximately 2.6 million people used cannabis in 2018/19, accounting for 7.6% of adults aged 16-591.


Around 976,000 adults used powder cocaine in 2018/19, representing 2.9% of adults aged 16-591.

Nitrous Oxide:

Approximately 763,000 adults used nitrous oxide in 2018/19, constituting 2.3% of adults aged 16-591.

Other drugs, such as ecstasy, ketamine, and amphetamines, have also been subject to fluctuations in usage patterns over the years1.

Overall Drug Use and Misuse

  1. In 2018/19, an estimated 3.2 million people aged 16-59 had taken drugs, equating to around 1 in 11 adults in the UK1.
  2. Around 1.3 million young people (aged 16-24) had taken drugs in the same period, representing approximately 1 in 5 young adults1.
  3. Furthermore, 18,053 hospital admissions were recorded as poisoning by drug misuse in 2018/19, and there were 7,376 hospital admissions for drug-related mental and behavioral disorders1.
  4. The frequency of visits to pubs and nightclubs was linked to a higher occurrence of drug use1.
  5. It was observed that 9.8% of people living in urban areas were more likely to have taken any drug than those living in rural areas1.
  6. People with lower levels of happiness were also found to be more likely to have taken drugs than those with higher levels of happiness1.

Alcohol Misuse

  • Over half of UK drinkers (56%) admitted to reaching for alcohol in order to relax3.
  • Substance use across the UK has increased over the last 5 years, with regions like Yorkshire and The Humber, the East Midlands, and London experiencing significant spikes in drug usage3.

Based on these statistics, its clear addiction and substance abuse is in a significant issue in the UK affecting large number of individuals, highlighting the importance of gaining back control.

Qualified Addiction Counselling Birmingham

The first step to seeking treatment for addiction is speaking to a counsellor in Birmingham about how you’re feeling. If you feel you’re unable to speak to loved ones due to nerves or other reasons, you can always turn to your GP for help and support and refer yourself for therapy. Your GP will be able to answer any questions you may have about your condition. Your addiction therapist in Birmingham should be comfortable discussing this with you and be able to provide you with a safe environment in which to discuss your concerns.

There are several treatments for addictions, which include medication and addiction Counselling in Birmingham; both work to clear up the physical and emotional results of the addictions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tends to be used in addiction therapy in Birmingham because it helps you to identify and correct difficult behaviours by establishing and implementing easy to use skills. CBT in Birmingham also helps to address any underlying problems or issues (the reasons you turned to substances in the first place) that tend to occur with addiction; this is essential to be able to determine the root cause, thus working on preventing something similar from happening again in the future.

Why Choose Kay’s Counselling in Birmingham?
  • Compassionate Support: Our therapists are dedicated to providing compassionate, non-judgmental support as you navigate your journey towards recovery.
  • Tailored Guidance: We understand that each individual’s experience with addiction is unique. Our counselling services are customised to address your specific concerns and aspirations.
  • Collaborative Treatment: We work in collaboration with individuals to develop personalized treatment plans that align with their recovery goals and values.
  • Confidential and Safe Environment: Your privacy and well-being are our top priorities..
Take the First Step Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. Contact Kay’s Counseling in Birmingham today to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step towards healing and recovery. 

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Recovery from addiction is possible with the right support and guidance. Let Kay’s Counselling be your trusted partner in this transformative journey towards renewed hope and well-being.

Addiction counselling is a form of therapy that helps people who are struggling with substance abuse or other addictive behaviours. It can help you understand the causes and effects of your addiction, develop coping skills and strategies, and find support and recovery resources.

Addiction counselling in Birmingham can help you or your loved one overcome your addiction and improve your physical, mental, and emotional health. It can also help you repair your relationships, increase your self-esteem, and achieve your personal goals.

The duration of addiction counselling varies depending on the individual's progress, goals, and severity of the addiction. Some people may benefit from short-term counselling, while others may require long-term support to achieve their goals.

At Kay's Counselling your addiction counselling is confidential, meaning that your counsellor will not share any information about you or your sessions with anyone else unless you give them permission or they have a legal or ethical obligation to do so. Your counsellor will explain their confidentiality policy and limits before you start your sessions.

An addiction involves difficulty controlling repetitive behaviour with harmful results. It stems from the need to escape from upsetting or painful emotions and situations. Addictions can take various forms such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, gambling, and more. Addiction counselling in Birmingham can be beneficial in addressing these challenges2.

To book a session at Kay's Counselling in Birmingham, individuals can fill in the booking form on their website and the team will get in touch within one working day. Alternatively, they can call the clinic directly to schedule an appointment

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