Substance Withdrawal and Getting Help

A dependency to drugs is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing mental and physical harm to oneself or others.

The term addiction refers to a dependence on substances such as illicit drugs like cannabis (marijuana/weed), cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. A person who cannot stop taking a particular medication or prescription medicine might have ‘substance dependence’. Some addictions also involve an inability to stop partaking in activities, such as gambling, or eating. In these circumstances, a person may have a behavioural addiction.

Many people don’t understand why or how one becomes dependent to drugs or prescription medications. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to so. In reality, drug dependency is a complex illness.

People first try drugs for different reasons. For many, it’s peer pressure; for others, it’s simply out of curiosity, and for some, it’s to help and cope with stress, depression or anxiety. Whatever the reason, continued use can become problematic and lead to unforeseen consequences.

It is not always easy to see when your consuming habits have changed from social use to substance abuse. If you are concerned about your reliance on drug usage, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel the need to use an increasing quantity of drugs?
  • Do I need to use or engage in drug use more frequently?
  • Do I have a supply of drugs with me at all times?
  • Do I go to great lengths to obtain drugs?
    Do I have a growing dependence on prescription drugs?
  • Do I have difficulties with, relationships; the law; finances, or work; that stems from my drugs dependency behaviour?
  • Do I take drugs/substance to help me cope with difficult situations?
  • Do I have an inability to stop taking illegal or prescription drugs?
  • Do I have profound changes in appearance, including an apparent abandonment of hygiene?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might have signs and symptoms of dependency.

It’s advisable to seek professional guidance and support to help curb and reduce your reliance on drugs, substance or activity.

Often the hardest step is acknowledging that you have a dependence on drugs. However, once you have admitted this, then you have taken the first step towards getting better and well.

To request a confidential consultation with a professional counsellor from the Surrey Centre, please complete the form below, and we will contact you to arrange a meeting.

Surrey Centre Services

Dietetic Services

The Surrey Centre’s Nutrition Philosophy is based on nutrition and a healthy relationship with food thereby promoting a balanced diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.

One to One Therapy

At The Surrey Centre we use an integrated method of therapy, drawing on different therapeutic approaches and adapting them to meet individual clients needs.

Family Therapy

At The Surrey Centre, we are able to work together with partners, parents, siblings and children helping them understand how to help their loved one. When appropriate we invite the whole family to participate in sessions when feelings and experiences can be shared

Family Education And Support Programme

We understand that it is not only the individual with an eating disorder that needs support and that, often, a wider impact is felt by the whole family. We have put together a Family Education Programme offering a range of practical, dietetic help and advice alongside counselling and emotional support.


As a first step we recommend you come for an assessment. You will be guided through the process by one of our therapists. During the assessment you will have a chance to get a feel for how we work, time to tell us your story, to explain to us what you hope to gain from therapy and what your reservations might be.

Referrals to The Surrey Centre

Referrals to The Surrey Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy can be made via self referral, GP, Consultant Psychiatrist/Psychologist, Psychotherapist/Counsellor or other appropriate professional.

Psychiatric Services

If you are referred to The Surrey Centre by a psychiatrist we will, with your agreement, work closely with them to ensure you receive a complete package of care. For some of our clients meeting the team at The Surrey Centre is the first point of contact. If at any point we feel the support of a Psychiatrist would be beneficial we will recommend this to you.