FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction Counselling


A counselling session lasts about 60 minutes. Our discreet office offers fully confidentiality.  During the session, you will speak to a counsellor about the issue or issues that are causing you problems. He or she will then work with you to overcome them. Your counsellor will help you manage cravings by teaching you practical recovery strategies. Then, he or she will work with you to address any underlying issues you may have.  This should not only help you with your addiction, but also with your mental health going forward.  By addressing these issues now, you will reduce your risk of becoming addicted again in the future.

Some people worry about what their counsellor might ask them.  They also might not want to talk about certain issues. This is perfectly fine. Your counsellor is there to help you; not make you feel uncomfortable.  Anything you don’t want to talk about won’t be talked about. Counselling could be a way for you to better understand why you think or act in the way you do. A major component of counselling is what’s called ‘Psycho-education’. This is where the counsellor gives you practical information and advice about the human mind. Some people prefer this and get more out of it than by just talking.  For more information, look at our page on counselling by clicking here.

We work with all forms of addiction both substance and behavioural addiction. We offer professional advice and guidance on treating the condition. Also, we address the underlying issues which may cause the addiction. In the world of addiction, we often say that addiction isn’t the problem. Rather, it’s the symptom of the problem. Substance addictions like alcohol or drugs can be very dangerous.  They can also have withdrawal symptoms which can be dangerous.

Some drugs like heroin may require medication, such as methadone, to alleviate pain. While we do not dispense medication, we can advise you on who to contact. Additionally, we can make a referral for you. Behavioural addictions can have their own withdrawal symptoms. Elevated blood pressure and sleeplessness are common. We can advise you on who to contact for medical advice. We can similarly make any necessary referral also. To better understand the difference between substance and behavioural addictions, please see out page on addiction by clicking here.

Addiction counselling is fully confidential although there are some general legal limits in place. The legal limits to confidentiality will be explained clearly to you before counselling begins. These limits relate to human safety rather than general criminality, such as drug use or drug dealing. They  include:

  • Anything that could cause harm to the client (such as the client saying “I’m going to kill myself”)
  • Anything that could cause harm to other people (such as the client saying “I’m going to kill someone else”)
  • Child endangerment issues (such as client saying “I haven’t been feeding my child”

There is no need to be afraid of legal disclosures as they only happen in extreme situations. Addiction counsellors exist to help you, not get you in trouble. Don’t be afraid of your family, employer, probation officer, or anyone else being informed. We value privacy and discretion.

Everything starts with you first contacting us by phone or email. Describe in as much or as little detail as you like what it is your looking for support with. We will then arrange an appointment, during which the process will be explained. Your counsellor will explain about confidentiality and what will happen during the sessions. All your questions will be answered. An assessment will be completed during your first session. This will highlight areas you may need support in. A review of this assessment will be conducted after a few sessions. This is to determine any changes or improvements. To ensure you feel comfortable and in control of proceedings, everything will be done in a relaxed fashion. You’re in good hands with us.

The length of time that counselling takes will depend on what you’re looking for. Each counselling session takes about 60 minutes (click here to learn more about counselling sessions). The amount of counselling sessions required will vary depending on your individual situation. Also, any underlying issues which have caused the addiction may have an impact.

On average, most people attend about 7 sessions. We can also provide immediate, practical skills that you can use to overcome your addiction. This is useful for people who don’t want to talk about their personal issues. Alternatively, it will take more sessions if you want to address deep, underlying issues. Learn more about counselling here.

The cost of each session is €80. This is because you will only be treated by highly trained and experienced addiction counsellors. Our counsellors have years of experience working with numerous forms of addiction and psychological issues. Our counsellors focus on getting you the best, long-lasting results. This will save you money in the long run. Also, the amount of hours lost in pursuit of the source of addiction as well as the using or engaging can be quiet high. Money can BE earned back. Time cannot. For more information on pricing, click here.

Counselling usually occurs once a week for 60 minutes. Some people prefer to come twice a week and some people prefer to come once every 2 weeks. It’s up to you. Sessions can also go on for longer than 60 minutes if requested. In cases where you cannot make it in for a session, telephone counselling is a popular alternative. 

Addiction is a serious, sometimes life threating problem. There is no single medicine or medical procedure that can cure it, as the experience is predominately psychological. In Ireland, there are very few free or low-cost counselling services. The few that exist are usually specific to a particular issue, e.g. Suicide. A lot of the free services use trainee or student counsellors. There is often also a waiting list for service and a set amount of sessions offered. Similarly, free addiction treatment facilities have a long waiting list. For a list of the free services available in the Dublin please see the resources page by clicking here.

We provide attendance certificates for every session. Some clients may need court reports if they have legal concerns. Court reports show judges and probation officers how the client has been engaging with professional support. They also show any changes in attitude the client may have towards addiction. Therefore they can have a big influence on verdicts. Court reports can be provided by Addiction Counselling Dublin. Receipts are also provided for each session. Contact us to learn more by clicking here.

Addiction Counselling Dublin offers several different services. In addition to individual counselling, we offer group and couples counselling. We also offer information seminars on addiction and recovery. Another service we provide is future planning. This is where we work with you to set goals and support you in achieving them. This is useful for people who find themselves with free time because of their recovery. It’s also good for people who want to keep themselves busy so they don’t relapse. We can assist you in starting an educational course or getting a new job. To find out more, contact us by clicking here.

We can help you if you have a family member or friend effected by addiction. Our experienced staff can offer you practical advise as well supporting you with your own pain and stress. We understand how scary and frustrating it can be to have a loved one in addiction. We will assist you along their  journey to recovery. Also we can help you in finding other supports such as family support groups. Contact us for advise on the best resources available for your personal situation here. For more information, see the Family Advice page.

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Professionally Accredited

Addiction Counselling Dublin use fully accredited addiction counsellors. All our counsellors are accredited by Addiction Counsellors of Ireland or similar organisations such as IACP. To Learn more about professional standards click here. Because of new legislation, counselling will finally be regulated in Ireland. As a result of this, standards for counsellors are increasing. This will improve the quality of service and offer more protection. To learn more about the upcoming regulation of counselling and psychotherapy, click here