Gain Freedom From Addiction 

Regain a sense of control, build purpose, and start living the life you want.

Steve Rose, PhD

Steve Rose, PhD, is an addiction counsellor who assists those struggling with substance abuse, gambling, gaming, and internet addiction. In addition to publishing academic articles on psychotherapeutic treatments, he has experience working in treatment and prevention.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are widely accepted treatment approaches in the addiction field. When combined, these approaches help individuals overcome mental barriers and increase motivation to move toward valued directions.


Steve Rose explores the latest research into what causes suffering and how we can overcome it. In a world were uncertainty is on the rise, it is more important than ever to make sense of our modern times and learn how to navigate our social world, breaking free of unhealthy behavioral patterns. 

Meeting you where you are at.

I often hear people say they try to reach out, but they don’t feel understood. They often feel unheard or feel the person trying to help them has a hidden agenda.

My approach is highly person-centered, meaning I help clients create a plan that works for their unique situation. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery. 


How to Cope with Cravings

As an addiction counselor, I've worked with many clients who struggle with cravings during their recovery journey. Cravings are intense urges to use substances or engage in addictive behaviors that can be triggered by environmental cues, emotional stress, and physical...

How to Stop Gambling Addiction

As a Certified Gambling Counsellor, I've worked with many persons struggling to stop a gambling addiction. Although this form of addiction functions similarly to drugs and alcohol, there are some unique things to consider when trying to stop gambling. Gambling...

How To Change Your Life

Do you want to change your life for the better but don’t know where to start? Each year, many people intend to make important changes in their lives but don’t start because of fear. Instead, they continue going down the same uninspiring path, feeling stuck and…

How to Stop Online Gambling

If you are trying to stop online gambling, you are not alone. Over the last couple of years, there has been an explosion of online gambling. As shared in my article on online gambling addiction, this trend has accelerated riskier gambling since it’s constantly...

Procrastination Is Not Laziness

Many people blame themselves for being lazy or not having enough willpower to complete the important things they want to do. Popular self-help messages further reinforce this perspective on procrastination, merely telling people to try harder…

How Addiction Counseling Works

As an addiction counselor, I specialize in human motivation. Although every form of counseling needs to consider the role of motivation, it is especially relevant when dealing with addiction. If you struggle with addiction, you may find yourself…

Why Willpower is Overrated

Willpower is overrated. I know this sounds controversial, but it is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit for the past decade. As an addiction counselor, former personal trainer, and avid writer on the topic of motivation…

How to Stop an Addiction

As an addiction counselor, I’ve spent a lot of time helping people stop an addiction. Although everyone’s recovery is unique, I’ve seen some common themes regarding what allows people to gain freedom from addiction….

Online Gambling Addiction: A Growing Problem

Since the pandemic began, there has been an explosion of online gambling. With experts warning of this “ticking time bomb,” responsible gambling safeguards are sparse. According to a report by the…

How To Motivate Someone

Trying to motivate someone can be frustrating. If you’ve tried to encourage someone through incentives, punishment, or advice, you may have noticed how these methods often don’t work…

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, drugs, or technology?

Are you using alcohol, drugs, or technology as a way to escape from everyday difficulties? Is your use of substances or technology negatively affecting other areas of your life, including relationships, employment, finances, and health? If so, it may be worth re-evaluating your habits. 

What is counseling?

Counseling is a collaborative conversation about change, tailored to the unique needs of each individual. It is a non-judgmental process focused on helping a person overcome obstacles by developing strategies focused on addressing unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  

Does internet addiction actually exist?

The World Health Organization classified Gaming Disorder as an official form of addictive behavior that consists of:

  1. The loss of control over one’s gaming. 
  2. Gaming taking priority over other areas of life. 
  3. Continued use despite negative consequences and impaired functioning in other areas of one’s life.

Am I ready to seek help?

Only you can answer this question. If you've read to this point, it may be an indicator that you're considering some important changes. If you're searching for a neutral non-judgmental person to talk to, counselling is a safe way to gain insight and regain a sense of control. 

What are the different forms of addiction?

Addictions come in various forms, including alcohol, drugs, social media use, web-surfing, video gaming, and gambling. 

Substance abuse and behavioral addictions can progressively impact several areas of your life, including the ability to focus at school or work, and affect your close relationships.  

Are services available in my country?

At the time being, services offered by Steve Rose, PhD are available to Canadian residents online and in person for those residing in the Windsor-Essex area.


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Consists of a 50 min online counselling session.