The Games Alcoholics Play

The Games Alcoholics and Addicts Play in Treatment Eric Berne and Claude Steiner were psychiatrists around the 1960’s and 70’s, their main body of study was that people had certain life scripts which are called games. In modern CBT we call these life-scripts “SCHEMAS”. Life Scripts, or games, are robust patterns of thinking and behaving.Continue reading “The Games Alcoholics Play”

Detoxing from Cannabis

What happens when you detox from Cannabis? Although considered by many as a harmless, non-addictive drug there is some evidence for the contrary. When compare to heroin, cocaine or alcohol, cannabis definitely does not seem harmful, however, from the perspective of someone trying to kick the habit, there are definite and obvious withdrawal symptoms thatContinue reading “Detoxing from Cannabis”

Are you reading CRAPP?

There are so many opinions and bits of information on various blogs, in articles and touted by self-appointed experts, but are you reading something that is worth while or is it just another biased anecdotal experience?  Or could it be deliberately misleading you to believe in something that totally misleading? You should never be afraidContinue reading “Are you reading CRAPP?”

Group Psychotherapy Preamble

I’m often asked what’s a good preamble for a group, some practitioners just list a big long list of do’s and don’t. This can be helpful to establish rules but it isn’t a good preamble. Here is an example of one I find quite useful, I believe it comes from the Priory in London originally:Continue reading “Group Psychotherapy Preamble”

Professional Boundaries

In rehab setting it’s important for everyone to adhere to boundaries of some description. Clients need boundaries in order to make their therapy more effective and on point.   If boundaries are loose there can be a lot of trouble in future. Professional boundaries should be firm, not flexible, the resistance or objection you may receiveContinue reading “Professional Boundaries”

Which Practice is Best? Pt.1

Which version of practice do you think is best? New Ways Old Ways Person Centered Practitioner Based Strength-based Problem-based Skills Based Deficit Focused Collaboration Professional Dominance Quality of Life Cure/amelioration Community Integration Acute Treatment Empowerment/choices Dependence Community Integration Acute Treatment Least restrictive Episodic Preventative Reactive   Which do you agree with more in treating addiction?Continue reading “Which Practice is Best? Pt.1”

Counseling in Asia

Where to find Counseling in Asia? I am often asked by people where to find good counseling in Asia, it can actually be surprisingly difficult in Asia to find a counselor who is A)In the same time-zone B) understands your needs in your own language. I work in the field of addiction within private-rehabs soContinue reading “Counseling in Asia”

Children on Xanax need addiction treatment

From the BBC Children on Xanax now seeking treatment for the deadly drug. The number of children being treated for addiction to tranquilisers has skyrocketed to more than 300, according to Public Health England. The drug Xanax, and copies of it, accounted for the sharpest rise – from eight children receiving treatment in 2016-17 toContinue reading “Children on Xanax need addiction treatment”