Blast from the past

Written in 2014, By Dylan Kerr In recent years there has been a significant increase in the usage of Crystal Meth in Australia (methamphetamine).  Methamphetamine comes originally from World War 2, German scientists set about to try and make a powerful stimulant in order for their troops to fight harder. Since its creation it hasContinue reading “Blast from the past”

Another Vice Magazine Feature

I no longer work for the Dawn, please check out this exciting new approach to treatment of addiction in Thailand: https://horizonrehabthailand.com/   “It was the gateway to one of the world’s largest opium trading routes, the place you came if you needed a hit: Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s largest city. Back in the 1950s, commercialContinue reading “Another Vice Magazine Feature”

Defense Mechanisms

It’s very common for addicts and alcoholics to use defence mechanisms in order to protect their addiction and maintain ego integrity, but over all they are not serving a person well at all and can prohibit change. Here are some examples of some: Projection: Example: “I think you have a problem with alcohol”, while beingContinue reading “Defense Mechanisms”

An Interview with MYSELF

A curious little exercise I decided to embark upon. I interviewed myself, what lead me into counseling, what continues to be my driving force and what problems doe it create for myself and others…. I asked myself the following questions: 1. What are your main motives for counselling? 2. Do you ever feel curious whenContinue reading “An Interview with MYSELF”

Core-Beliefs in Addiction

Core Beliefs Below is a list of common negative core beliefs, tick the ones you can identify with.   Addict’s beliefs I can’t live without it — Getting high is my most important need I am weak — I must avoid pain at all costs I need it — It helps me — There’s somethingContinue reading “Core-Beliefs in Addiction”

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 bitContinue reading “An Addiction Exercise”

SMART just as effective as AA

A new study has found that other groups such as SMART work just as well as AA in terms of addressing addiction. This is probably very common knowledge if you’ve ever struggled with a form of addiction and had a disliking for AA. Although AA and other 12 step programs have been adopted by aContinue reading “SMART just as effective as AA”

What Drugs and alcohol concern a private rehab?

A slide show demonstrating the types of drugs and medication we encounter on a daily basis. This slide was part of training used for spreading awareness to members of the facility not directly concerned with the treatment of addiction. Drugs training from Dylan Kerr ACAT FDAP MBABCP

Chiang Rai Times

Dylan Kerr, head counsellor at Hope, said Doherty had achieved his longest drug-free period since his teens while at the rehab centre in Sriracha – but warned that the months ahead will be challenging as he returns to the limelight. ‘We saw Pete grow over the course of his treatment at Hope, which was reflectedContinue reading “Chiang Rai Times”