The Bio-psycho-social aspects of being Obese

Obesity is an illness that has a complex relationship with bio, psycho and social processes across the world.  Obesity is spreading across the face of the world, communities that were long safe guarded against obesity are now facing a huge increase.  Despite more information and education on safer food choices, people seem to prefer toContinue reading “The Bio-psycho-social aspects of being Obese”

Sharing Traits with a Disorder

In the general population of mental health, a lot of clients who share with their practitioner or doctor that they are using a substance may face discharge from their doctor or counsellor.  One of the reasons is that it’s very hard to get a bead on what the problem is when you add substance useContinue reading “Sharing Traits with a Disorder”

The Death of Terrence Gorski.

  I recently became aware that Terrence Gorski of CENAPS USA had passed away earlier this month (2nd of July I am told).   For those who have worked in the field of addiction therapy his name is as instantly recognizable as the likes of Beck and Ellis. There are probably no addiction therapists whoContinue reading “The Death of Terrence Gorski.”

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HABIT AND AN ADDICTION?

6th September 2019 Brett James Thornton – Founder How to Treat Addiction The two words are frequently interchanged, often incorrectly. Both are formed as a result of consistently repeating a particular behaviour. There is such a thing as a good habit, regular exercise for example. Something can start out as a habit and over timeContinue reading “WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HABIT AND AN ADDICTION?”

Addiction and Personality Disorders

The Similarities Between Addictive Disorders and Personality Disorders Addiction shares a lot of traits with numerous personality disorders, understanding some of these traits better could be very key to understanding what might keep you well and free from using or boozing. Compassion needed Before continuing it is important for me to state that personality disordersContinue reading “Addiction and Personality Disorders”

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”

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”