Member of Parliament Shares About Personal Addiction

A British Member of Parliament has recently shared about his addiction to alcohol in the House of Commons. This is a fairly rare sight to see in the House of Commons and no others have given such a speech before, despite some MPs experiencing addiction and even dying from addictive disorders.

Although this is a refreshing addition to usual discussions in Parliament, addiction services in the UK have never been so marginalized. Rehab placements virtually nonexistent and many people with the combination of substance use disorders and mental health being denied any form of help altogether.

Drug laws in the UK seek to punish those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and provide little alternatives for support. Many of those who have been arrested for drug and alcohol offenses find it very hard to find work and a strong majority of them will be back in prison for other offenses within 12 months.

Alternative sentencing, where help is given to those instead of punishment is delivered out as mere tokenism and not to any effective level.

It’s good Dan Carden can talk about himself, but hopefully he can put that personal experience forward to influence change.

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-57685213

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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