An Addiction Exercise

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

Here’s a bit of a throwback to when I was a counsellor at Hope Rehab. I used to employ an exercise with my clients on how to connect the dots in their addiction:

Imagine for a moment trying to drive a car whilst someone else is sitting at the wheel, this how powerlessness works.


Liver Affecting health both physical and mental

Causing ill feelings of guilt, depression, agony


LOVER Destroying relationships with loved ones

Lack of trust


Livelihood Loss of employment

Difficulty in employment

Loss of wealth

Lack of meaningful occupation or education

Law Trouble with the police

Involvement in reckless activity

Living outside the law

Risking everything to get a fix/drink

Many people who have addiction have seen the symptoms manifest in their lives.  Addiction always impedes on one of the following four L’s:


Using the four L’s where have you paid the cost for your addiction? Mentally, physically, legally, financially,





















Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

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