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Addiction is primarily a neurological problem involving the decision making and reward centres of the brain. However we are not slaves to biology, and with the right support we can choose recovery over addiction.

Whether or not a problem existed before addiction became the problem we understand how easy it is to become stuck.

If you are the user we can work with you as part of your recovery. If you are an affected family member we can work with you to understand the relational aspects of addiction and how these impact on your own well-being.

Counselling provides a space for you to explore your current situation, to start to think about what you would like to be different, and to work together to achieve this.


Drug Concern counsellors use an integrative model of counselling which combines different forms of therapy to help you explore what is causing and sustaining your problems. Our counsellors will work with you towards finding new and more helpful ways of relating to yourself, others and life generally.

We consider the therapeutic relationship to be an important factor in the change process, but not the only factor. We will work with you to identify and develop your own support networks as part of your longer-term change. Change can be a slow process and requires patience, kindness, honesty and mutual support. We believe these are available to all and actively encourage you to seek them out.

Our counsellors are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.

Your first session will be an initial assessment where we will talk about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve from attending; we will also discuss the counselling agreement which forms the basis of the counselling relationship.

The first session usually lasts for an hour. Follow up sessions will be 50 minutes.

Whilst there is no fee for counselling, Drug Concern is a local charity. We invest in our counsellors continued training and development and so would encourage you wherever possible to make a donation towards your counselling sessions. You can do this online via our "support us" link or you can donate in person.

You can self refer to this service via this link or alternatively you can call the office (01481 729000) to make an appointment.