At My Recovery Space, we help people who are having problems with substance misuse through online 1-to-1 counselling specifically designed by people who have had similar drug problems.
By far the best way, in our opinion, to get re-connected to yourself if you have a drug addiction, is to build a mutually trustful and respectful relationship with a trained drug counsellor who has been through a similar drug issue.
Your dedicated drugs counsellor will share what we have learned along our journeys of recovery from addictions and will give you the tools that you need to fight the thoughts, urges and cravings to ensure your success.
substaNce use disorder in the UK
According to the latest statistics on drug misuse (2019) from the Office of National Statistics 9.4% (or 1 in 11) adults in the UK had taken an illicit drug in the last year, perhaps more worryingly, this number rises to 20.3% (1 in 5) of young adults aged between 16 and 24 years old.
Cannabis and Cocaine are the most popular drugs in the UK and their usage is on the increase.
Other substances that are misused include:
legal substances (e.g. alcohol)
Illegal substances, include opiates (e.g. heroin), other stimulants such as amphetamines and ecstasy
Prescription drugs, used in a way not intended by the doctor are also included under the substance misuse banner e.g. Valium, Xanax, Oxycontin etc
For many people, legal or illegal recreational substance use can be a slippery slope to addiction. Substance use can become a problem once an individual starts using too often. Drugs and alcohol can very easily become an escape, and excessive use can make changes in our brain chemistry leading to addiction and the user may become drug or alcohol dependent.
Research taken on behalf of the Independent Scientific Committee for Drugs, showed that overall alcohol was the most harmful substance followed by heroin and crack cocaine in second and third place, respectively.
Regular substance use can have a significant effect on your mental and physical health often inducing feelings of anxiousness, paranoia, depression and lethargy as well as leading to other longer term, serious health conditions.
signs of drug addiction
There are many symptoms of drug addiction or substance abuse.
Ask yourself these questions to help identify if you have a substance misuse issue:
Do you use drugs more than once a week?
Have you abused or been addicted to prescription drugs before?
Have you ever tried to stop using drugs but couldn't stay stopped?
Do you ever feel ashamed or guilty after using drugs?
Have your relationships with friends become distant?
Do you spend less time with your family and more time with friends who do drugs?
Do your family members or friends express concern about your drug use?
Has your drug use ever resulted in blackouts?
When you stop taking your drug, do you experience any withdrawal symptoms?
Has your drug use begun to impact your job?
Are you getting into debt because of your drug use?
Do you take drugs when you are on your own?
flexible drug treatment plans
At My Recovery Space we work with you to overcome your drug problem through the implementation of a bespoke, 1-to-1 counselling programme tailored to your individual needs.
Our treatment starts with an initial consultation at a cost of £30. This session is used to understand your situation and to assess what support you will need.
Costs for subsequent drug counselling sessions are outlined below:
what to expect during your drug counselling
Private 1-to-1 online counselling - confidentiality is guaranteed
A calm, compassionate and understanding counsellor who has real life experience overcoming drug addiction
A safe environment in which to discuss your drug problem and plan for your recovery
A combination of approaches incorporating C.B.T, (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), R.E.B.T, (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy), Memory Reconsolidation and Person-Centred Therapies alongside relaxation techniques/mindfulness and practical up to date neuroscientific evidence-based advice
We will never label you a "drug addict" as we believe that labels can be damaging and may hinder recovery
frequently asked questions
Will I experience drug withdrawal symptoms?
If you stop taking drugs, you may experience a whole range of withdrawal symptoms. These can include: fatigue, vivid nightmares, irritability, anxiety, depression, paranoia, intense cravings for cocaine. These symptoms, can be very unpleasant which leads people wanting to carry on taking drugs in order to avoid the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms they're likely to experience when they stop taking their drug of choice. This ongoing cycle of fear and avoidance therefore means they’re more likely to become addicted.
How is My Recovery Space different from other drug counselling services?
My Recovery Space is an online, private counselling service that moulds its approach to suit the uniqueness of each client's life and situation. Our approach centers around evidence based, neuroscientific practise, life coaching (where appropriate) and mindfulness relaxation techniques. We are not box tickers as you may find in some charity based alcohol services. We do not follow the Twelve Steps (although we can work alongside for those in AA). Our counselling is more alligned to REBT techniques and Smart Recovery strategies. We also work from a place of lived experience, the majority of our team are in recovery themselves.
What causes drug addiction?
One of the most notable effects of drug addiction are the highs. After drugs are taken their effects can be felt pretty quickly. The high can be described as euphoric, users often feel a great sense of well being and a burst of energy. This is due to the substance's effects on the brain and its dopamine receptors. Drugs stimulate the nervous system producing unnatural levels of dopamine this triggers the body and brain’s “reward” system.
Why can't I control my drug use?
Many people think that all an "addict" has to is stop taking drugs in order to get well. If only it were that simple!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
We are rated 5/5 from all reviews.
RICH G, 50 YEARS, WATFORD
Debs is easy to talk to and connect with. She's really helped with building my self esteem and I don't feel judged at all by her. It's great to have someone to listen to my story whilst encouraging me to move forward.
BECKY G, 39 YEARS, BALHAM
What started out as a weekend treat quickly turned into a daily habit. Coke initially seemed to take the edge off the stresses and strains of life however I soon began to feel out of control and full of self-loathing, why couldn't I just stop doing it? Debs was never judgemental and really helped me find the path to long lasting recovery. I never, ever thought I'd be free, but I am now :)
MALE, 48 YEARS, LAMBETH
Cocaine replaced my personality, it very quickly created an alternative reality that I preferred compared to my everyday life. For me the success of the My Recovery Space programme is in the team's lived experience, the fluidity of their approach and the convenience of the online sessions. Debs and Mark guided me on my own journey to discover the tools I needed to start and succeed in my recovery. Thank you and it's never too late!!