Therapeutic Techniques

March 10, 2014: Tough love & recovery: how tough is too tough?
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Can you get someone to stop their addiction by the way you relate to them? No (perhaps). Can you improve your life by the way you relate to the addict? Yes. Nick Barton explains.

January 31, 2014: EIGHT-STEP RECOVERY:
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“Using Buddha’s teachings to overcome addiction” These eight steps can be used by people who have not responded to the 12-step approach, as well as those who are already in recovery, psychiatrist Paramabandhu Groves and Valerie Mason-John explain. For a...

January 7, 2014: THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION – AND IMPLICATIONS TO TREAT CHILDHOOD ABUSE
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There is an enormous lack of understanding of the mental and physical health damage caused by childhood sexual and/or physical abuse – including its aftermath’s role in victims becoming dependent on substances. Sue Cox brings us up to date with...

November 4, 2013: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING: PROJECTION, TRANSFERENCE, COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
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Even skilled therapists can find working with a client complex if they bring up in that client their own issues or if the client projects previous abuse onto the therapist. Divine Charura and Charlene Parker guide us through. Pdf: Download...

October 30, 2013: EMPATHIC PEOPLE ARE NATURAL TARGETS FOR SOCIOPATHS – PROTECT YOURSELF
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The empathy trap: therapists and counsellors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients’ recovery – but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call “apaths”. The first UK...

September 19, 2013: ALMOST ADDICTED:
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A NEW PIECE OF THE JIGSAW Most people who use illegal drugs do not fit the image of a dysfunctional addict. At one end of the spectrum are abstainers, at the other are people with a diagnosable substance-use disorder –...

September 18, 2013: RELAPSE PREVENTION: LINK CLIENTS TO MUTUAL AID BEFORE THEY LEAVE YOU
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Mutual-aid groups have been strongly evidenced to improve the long-term outcomes essential to payment-by-results. For both experts and those new to the concept, George DuWors shows how you can forge links in a single session. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday144- Relapse...

September 17, 2013: START TO TREAT CANNABIS ADDICTION
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Marijuana use has become one of society’s hot topics. Almost everyone has an opinion – and critics waiting to pounce on whatever opinion it is. One argument which gets little air time is the addictive side of cannabis use. Lorne...

June 27, 2013: FROM MALIGNANT SHAME TO RESILIENCE: FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY
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Betty Ford Institute past president Dr Garrett O’Connor shares discoveries from decades of experience on how to recover from addiction: the role of shame, resilience, spirituality and survival in mending broken people, commonalities with survivors of Auschwitz, training doctors –...

June 26, 2013: CHILDHOOD ABUSE IS LINKED WITH FOOD ADDICTION IN ADULT WOMEN
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Addiction-recovery therapists have been aware of it for years – now a study of 57,321 women supports their trauma-related approach, after ascertaining physical and sexual childhood abuse histories in 2001 and current food addiction in 2009. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday143-food...

June 4, 2013: GET ON A WINNING STREAK
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Compulsive gamblers who want to stop losing and reclaim their lives, jobs and relationships must start by ‘unpacking’ their thinking. Mark Dempster shares his threefold approach with clients, from casinos to money markets. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday142 - Gambling Many...

June 4, 2013: BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE
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Are you fearful in work? Do you think you are being bullied but cannot define to yourself or others exactly why you feel that way? Don’t risk your recovery – diagnose your dilemma now, advocates Deirdre Boyd. “It never occurred...

May 22, 2013: WOMEN’S ISSUES IN RECOVERY: SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES WITH MEN
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What we were taught about gender-specific addiction treatment might no longer be valid, according to emerging research. Professor Jo Neale views the latest waves to impact practice. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday142-Women's issues in recovery Women who need to recover from...

May 21, 2013: DETOX FROM HIGH-DOSE METHADONE
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The founders of Novus Medical Detox share their protocol to minimise withdrawal symptoms and maximise success, regardless of the dosage Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday142 - Detox from methadone For decades, methadone has been used to “treat” addiction to opiates of...

April 29, 2013: TRAVELLING THE JOURNEY OF RECOVERY – AND HOW TO RECORD IT
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It has been argued that the relationship between frontline drug/alcohol workers and their clients has been turned by Payment By Results into one of gathering data. A multimedia-based approach can bring humanity back to the process. Print-friendly version: Download AddictionToday142...

March 4, 2013: MINDFULNESS AND ADDICTION: SENDING OUT AN S.O.S
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Research exploring the effectiveness of mindfulness as a treatment for addictive gambling shows very promising demonstrable outcomes, as do clinical case studies, report Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon and Mark D Griffiths of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham...

March 4, 2013: IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE ADDICTED TO COMMITTING CRIME?
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Detective-turned-addiction counsellor (and the model for Helen Mirren’s detective chief inspector character in Prime Suspect) Jacqueline Malton studied the phenomenon while at London South Bank University, and lists 11 possible addictive elements in criminal offending. Print-friendly version: Download Addictiontoday141-Addicted to...

March 3, 2013: ARE YOU FACED WITH A SERIAL BULLY?
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People in recovery finally learn how to deal reasonably with others... but they risk relapse when faced with a type of person who is cunning, baffling and powerful. Deirdre Boyd offers solutions to help you and your clients. “Those who...

January 21, 2013: THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP: BUZZ PHRASE OR ESSENCE OF SUCCESS?
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What is the effect of the relationship between client and therapist on changing outcomes now measured by most services? Divine Charura and Paul Nicholson explore what a therapeutic relationship is – and why it is a vital element in effective...

January 21, 2013: AFTERCARE: A FUNDAMENTAL TENET IN ATTAINING LONG-TERM RECOVERY
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There must be a shift in the mentality towards treatment and aftercare, if long-term recovery is the desired outcome, urges Claire Calland, who queries “why is aftercare being forgotten?” and cites research on its effectiveness. “Those who did not participate...

November 6, 2012: EMOTIONAL MIRRORS: EQUINE THERAPY
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What is the gift of horses? What role can a horse play in the recovery process for addicts, trauma survivors, or people dealing with grief and loss issues? Liz Dampsey MA RSMT explains how these ‘prey animals’ mirror patients who...

November 5, 2012: USE ACUPRESSURE TO HELP CONQUER CRAVING
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Many years ago, Addiction Today printed simple steps from Leeds Drug Project on how it taught clients to use acupressure, tapping on acupuncture points, to reduce cravings. It was so successful that not only have clients taught it to friends...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

November 4, 2012: SURVIVE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
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RELAPSE PREVENTION: HELP PEOPLE IN EARLY RECOVERY Christmas and new year, plus the few weeks immediately after when people can feel complacent, are the riskiest times of the year for relapse back to alcohol/drugs. Preparations must start in November to...

October 3, 2012: INTERVENTIONS: ADDICTION, FAMILY AND ROAD TO INTEGRITY
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“Family intervention is an act of love and a rare opportunity to save a life,” state experts Jeff and Debra Jay. “Most families are ill prepared to negotiate with addiction – but intervention moves us toward productive behaviour.” They share...

September 16, 2012: RECOVERY COACHING:
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AN INTRODUCTION Although recovery coaching seems to be emerging only recently, it has been developing round the world since the millennium. It can expand the skill sets offered by provider organisations and individual practitioners, explains Anthony Eldridge-Rogers who gives an...