Life Services is pleased to offer counselling services to young people facing substance use and mental health concerns. These concerns can be related to active substance use or early recovery/post treatment concerns and struggles.
If a young person appears to be struggling with active substance use, one of Le Brocq’s addiction experts can complete a thorough assessment which will provide clarity for both the young person and their family about present concerns. The assessment also serves as a foundation for treatment recommendations which the therapist will share with both the young person and their family. It is essential that solutions be presented as a part of the assessment process, otherwise it will leave the young person and their family feeling a deeper sense of desperation.
If a young person is coming to Le Brocq for support in their early recovery, Le Brocq can offer both individual and group continuing care counselling for both the young person and members of their family.
Early recovery is extremely challenging for young people as they aim to maintain abstinence and desired change all while integrating back into life. Feelings of fear, extreme anxiety, loneliness, shame, boredom, and hopelessness are a large part of the struggle in early recovery. Addiction is an insidious disease that is always looking for a means to sabotage abstinence and therefore recovery. Young people need support in implementing the tools they have acquired or are acquiring as they re-integrate into their lives. In addition, the obsession to use may be frequently present and/or constant despite knowledge about the dire consequences. The obsession works relentlessly against abstinence and recovery as it tries to convince the addict to use. Ultimately, relapse occurs because sobriety is so uncomfortable or even painful. It is our aim at Le Brocq to support young people and their families as they navigate through the early recovery process. We believe engagement in continuing care is one of the best supports to one’s early recovery.
For young people, addiction treatment and counselling is a “habilitative” rather than “re-habilitative” process, because addiction has impeded the opportunity to develop healthy coping mechanisms to experience and overcome the stressors of life: social pressures, emotions, relationships, insecurities, conflict, family stressors, loss etc. Substance use has become the solution and/or number one coping mechanism. Fortunately, there is an abundance of hope, as young people are incredibly resilient. With the proper support, they have the greatest chance at success in developing healthy coping mechanisms and integrating these in to their sober life. In the group setting they have the opportunity to develop relationships with other young people engaged in recovery who will understand the challenges and support them as they develop skills to better deal with life. Addiction is a lifelong illness; fortunately, recovery is a lifetime process!