What is substance misuse?

Substance misuse refers to the repetitive use of any substance in a way that is harmful for an individual and can lead to the person developing a tolerance for the substance over time and going through withdrawal symptoms without it.

Examples of substances that are often misused include:

• Alcohol
• Cannabis
• Cocaine
• Heroin
• Methamphetamines
• Club drugs
• Ecstacy
• Ketamine
• Nicotine

If you feel that the above applies to you, you may benefit from therapy to help you battle your addiction by helping you to understand the underlying causes of your addiction and which factors can make it worse. Your therapist will also teach you effective coping strategies to help you to quit and prevent relapse.

Which therapies might help?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT)

All of the highly skilled psychologists at My Online Therapy are trained to deliver CBT and motivational interviewing for substance misuse. For more information, please see our more detailed page on addictions.