Frank McFadden talks frankly about addiction

Artist Frank McFadden has opened up recently about his addiction and road to recovery in a feature by the BBC.

The world of art has an exceptionally high number of addicts and people who suffer from mental illness, with recent polls putting the number of those experiencing long term issues from mental health and addictive disorders at over 50%. I spoke with an artist recently about the matter and he stated anecdotally he didn’t know it was “so low”, he went on to elaborate that almost everyone he knew in the art world had a substance abuse issue.

Frank McFadden is an artist from Glasgow, unfortunately Glasgow has been making headlines for the past 3 decades as a city synonymous with drug usage. Per capita Glasgow often sees drug deaths well exceeding the European average.

Frank McFadden has seen his fair share of the front line on the battlefield of addiction. His 1990’s downward spiral into heroin addiction lasted a span of ten years, which he describes himself as being unemployable and close to death. During his addiction he had to sell the Big Issue magazine on the streets in order to fund his habit.

Now Frank McFadden is one of Scotland’s leading artists and his work is viewed by UK galleries and all over the world.

Watch him talk about his addiction and road to recovery here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09gq5jp

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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