Substance Abuse Counselling

Reclaim Fortitude and inner strength.

Substance abuse counselling that offers comprehensive support and guidance for individuals seeking to overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. We aim to empower clients to rediscover peace, regain control over their lives, and develop the resilience needed to maintain sobriety.

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Martina Luongo

Martina is committed to fostering a robust therapeutic bond with her clients based on trust and mutual support. She adopts a client-centered approach, prioritizing the individual’s distinctive requirements and tailoring therapy accordingly. Her goal is to create a personalized experience that truly addresses the client’s needs.

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    Drug and Alcohol Addiction - New Connections Psychology

    Understanding Addiction

    Substance abuse refers to the harmful and excessive use of substances that can lead to negative physical, psychological, and social consequences. It involves the habitual and compulsive consumption of drugs or alcohol, often in quantities that surpass recommended or safe levels. Substance abuse can disrupt various aspects of an individual’s life, including relationships, work or school performance, and overall well-being. It can lead to a range of health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, organ damage, and increased risk of accidents or injuries. Drug and alcohol abuse can have a profound impact on the individual’s life and the lives of those around them, highlighting the critical need for intervention, support, and effective treatment to break the cycle of abuse and promote recovery.


    The symptoms of substance abuse can vary depending on the substance being used and the individual’s unique circumstances. However, some common symptoms and signs of substance abuse include:

    1. Physical changes: Bloodshot eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, sudden weight loss or gain, changes in appetite, poor hygiene, and noticeable tremors or coordination problems.

    2. Behavioral changes: Erratic or unusual behavior, increased secrecy, frequent mood swings, irritability, agitation, impulsivity, engaging in risky or dangerous activities, and a decline in performance at work or school.

    3. Social withdrawal: Loss of interest in activities or hobbies previously enjoyed, isolation from friends and family, and neglecting social or familial responsibilities.

    4. Financial difficulties: Unexplained financial problems, frequent borrowing of money, or selling personal belongings to support the substance abuse habit.

    5. Neglecting responsibilities: Neglecting work or school responsibilities, deteriorating performance or attendance, and an inability to meet obligations or deadlines.

    6. Relationship problems: Conflicts with family members, friends, or romantic partners, increased arguments or disagreements, and a breakdown in communication and trust.

    7. Physical and psychological symptoms: Changes in sleep patterns, frequent headaches, dizziness, nausea, anxiety, depression, mood swings, memory problems, and a decline in overall physical and mental health.

    Addiction Symptoms - New Connections Psychology