Perhaps more than ever before, we are surrounded by legal drugs: coffee, alcohol and cigarettes, and many prescribed medications such as sleeping tablets, tranquillizers and opioid painkillers.
Recreational drugs can be classified as stimulants, depressants and hallucinogens. Some drugs however can overlap these categories, for example ecstasy is both a stimulant and a hallucinogen, and, while low grade cannabis (hash) works as a depressant, stronger versions such as skunk may also have hallucinogenic properties.
Using these can be a temptingly easy way to change or control your mood and psychological state, and the use of a certain drugs may be associated with a particular lifestyle or subculture, that may seem more desirable than your current existence.
Heavy or regular drug use may be a symptom of a deeper problem. People may turn to drugs in an attempt to avoid confronting issues or distress. This may work in the short-term, but can come to have severe financial, social, legal or physical consequences.
Here at Bolton Counselling & Hypnotherapy I offer a confidential and non-judgmental service in which you can talk things through, and address any underlying problems which may be linked with your drug use, so if you recognise that drugs are a relevant factor in your present situation please contact me. All enquiries will be treated as strictly confidential.NOTE: Working within the ethical framework as outlined by the BACP, the nature of confidentiality is paramount, and will only be broken if a person reveals information of a nature that could lead the counsellor to believe that any of the following are to be committed: Harm to self or others, child abuse, criminal activities. Any such issues raised will be discussed with the relevant agencies.