Ollie Ollerton Shares His Experience of Recovery from Binge Drinking

Former Special Forces member Ollie Ollerton recently shared his experience of recovery with Professor David Nutt on “The Drug Science Podcast”.

Ollie Ollerton describes himself as being a survivor of childhood trauma, which was later reinforced by negative life experiences and warfare. After being engaged in various conflicts, Ollie Ollerton when on to involve himself in helping shut down child trafficking in Thailand. When the government were embarrassed by his findings instead of cooperating with him they set out to arrest him and put him in jail.

After fleeing Thailand to Myanmar, Ollie found himself in a state of depression he was riddled with anxiety, PTSD and problem drinking. Ollie describes himself as a “binge drinker”, where he drank to escape himself and for his only source of fun. This led to emotions becoming more unstable and depression becoming much worse. Towards the end of his drinking Ollie was determined that the only option he had was to take his own life.

In order to break his habit, Ollie put himself into isolation for 3 months and where he tirelessly worked on self improvement and alcohol abstinence, he believes this rebooted his entire life.

He stated he was able to ask himself the important questions and understand why he was so riddled with PTSD. For him the booze had to go also, he had abused it to the hilt and had done nothing for his nerves . At the end of 3 months of self improvement and self-help Ollie found that he had tackled his demons and “broke his programming” that made him drink on the back of his anxiety.

Just as his self improvement program ended, Ollie was snapped up by channel 4 who wanted to do a TV show on the SAS training regime. Ollie attributes this to a spiritual transformation where he believed that he manifested that opportunity through self-improvement. There certainly is something rather uncanny about that at times.

Since Ollie got his break he has also taken psychedelics in order to help him deal with his PTSD. Ollie has written three books on his personal journey in the SAS and beyond.

One interesting aspect is that I have found personally working with soldiers, those who present with PTSD and substance use disorders often find their adverse childhood conditions are often the most traumatic in their life. These adverse conditions set them up with an over-familiarity to stressful events and negative life events.

Listen to the podcast here to hear the full story of his recovery:


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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