Addiction develops over a lengthy time period. The sooner this process is interfered with, the less you will experience negative consequences. Addiction counselling provides support to those who want to overcome an addiction or get it under control. The counsellor will help you find solutions to tensions and problems, so you can cope better and be able to focus more on finding and keeping a job. Together you will analyse the causes behind your problematic situation and find new opportunities and solutions for the future. The counsellor will also help in mapping out treatment and other support options.
You should turn to an addiction counsellor if any of the following statements describes your situation.
- you are no longer engaged in things that have previously been of interest to you;
- regardless of desire, you can not change your behaviour;
- when you do try to abandon the addictive behaviour, you get restless, upset, and feel lousy;
- addictive behaviour is a way of escaping problems or alleviating feelings of helplessness, guilt or anxiety;
- your relatives have said that they are worried about you;
- you lie to your loved ones about your behaviour.
Counselling is more effective if you have a strong desire and motivation to change your situation.
People who have registered as unemployed and jobseekers who have received a redundancy notice are able to turn to an addiction counsellor. If you want to go see a debt counsellor, let your consultant know, so that they can introduce the service to you in greater detail and will, if necessary, direct you to the service.
People who have registered as unemployed and who take part in addiction counselling, will receive commuting and accommodation benefits, if necessary.