Substance abuse or addiction


''Finding the courage to look for help was so hard. Now I have taken that step I am able to see things differently. What a change!"

Different addictions

Are you worried that you drink too much alcohol, use drugs excessively, gamble too often, spend too much time playing computer/internet games or find your thoughts consumed by ideas about sex or food?

An addiction, including substance abuse, can develop for many reasons, for example to cope with overwhelming experiences, to numb painful emotions or as a distraction. An addiction leads to problems at work, home, school and in relationships and can lead to feelings of isolation, helplessness or shame.

Signs of addiction

  • Difficulty controlling the amount of alcohol/drug(s) you use or the time spent gambling or playing games
  • Drinking/using more than planned or continuing for longer than planned
  • Getting into difficulties or problems as a result of your behaviour, for example lying to hide your behaviour
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about the particular substance or behaviour
  • Physical and/or emotional withdrawal symptoms

Signs of an alcohol problem

  • Feeling guilty or ashamed about your drinking
  • Lying to others or hiding your drinking habits


At PsyQ International we provide high quality evidence-based treatments according to the multidisciplinary guidelines and best practices. We tailor your treatment plan to your own specific needs as an individual. Our treatments are as brief as possible but as intensive as necessary. Our expert team works together to provide a personalised combination of medical treatment and specialised therapies for each individual client.

At PsyQ International you can be involved in both individual and group therapy. Individual treatment consists of face-to-face therapy sessions with a specialist with the possibility of additional telephone or e-contact. We make use of different methods, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy.

The group therapy focuses on developing practical skills and sharing experiences. the learning or teaching of practical skills and contact with other individuals who have similar experiences or problems are beneficial to each individual’s progress. During group therapy you can exchange experiences, receive recognition and discover tips. Research has shown how effective group therapy is.

Experience stories

Dylan, 49 I have now been sober for 5 years and have a job, great friends, more self-esteem and I am in a lot happier place. Read more