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Substance Misuse

Substance misuse – repetitive use of a substance in a way that is damaging for an individual and can lead to dependence in a substance. Dependence involves developing a tolerance for the substance over time and going through withdrawal symptoms without it. Examples of substances that are often misused include:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Club drugs
  • Ecstacy
  • GHB
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Nicotine

The most effective treatment for substance misuse are motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). All the psychologists at The Chelsea Psychology Clinic are trained to deliver CBT and motivational interviewing for substance misuse. For more information, please see our more detailed page on addictions.