• Jeff-Jay
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    1. How did you become a Clinical Interventionist? I’m an intervention story myself. A family intervention got me into treatment back in 1981, so intervention literally saved my life. Then, in the early 90’s, when I was sober 11 years and working as a certified addictions counselor for 7 years, I started specializing in intervention. ...
  • IMPROVE YOUR RECOVERY
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    Improve Your Recovery – Recovery Strategies The US substance abuse department (SAMHSA) defines addiction recovery as ‘a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life’ They go on to provide 12 guiding principles of recovery There are many pathways to recovery. Recovery is self-directed and empowering. ...
  • Mothers Addiction Saved My Life
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    By Jacqueline Cooper “I keep having these moments where I feel like I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I just want to grab as many of those moments as I possibly can.” I believe most people are linked to addiction in one way or another. However, my story starts at age 8 with ...
  • Anger an Addiction
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    Mike Fisher presents his own thoughts regarding the above question based on many years of personal experience of being addicted to anger and working with others similarly addicted. The question ‘Is Anger An Addiction?’ is more than just rhetorical and from my perspective it’s undeniably factual Let’s start by defining addiction, It’s the condition of ...
  • Alcohol-Related Brain Damage
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    Recovery Practitioner Dan Mushens speak to Jim Duffy about the day he lost his job, living with alcohol-related brain damage and how it needn’t be a life sentence.     “Although I’ve got memory deficits, I remember that day as clear as if it were just yesterday. It was my day off work and I’d ...
  • music recovery
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    Jim Smith looks at the impact music has had on him and his recovery and how it has become central to a life dedicated helping those suffering from addiction Music has played an important part in my life since I was a boy. I remember the first music I heard on the radio (‘Children’s Favourites’) ...
  • I AM AN ADDICT
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    Re-framing the Phrase ‘I am an Addict’ – Strength and Hope in Recovery via Identity and Identification By Chula Goonewardene ‘My name is Chula, and I am an addict’…my experience has taught me, can be quite a controversial statement to make, outside of a 12-Step fellowship environment. In both personal and professional settings I have come ...
  • Working With Narrative in Recovery
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    Virginia Graham outlines how the narratives of Holocaust Literature offer Spiritual and Therapeutic Perspectives within the context of her Counselling Practice. My work as a counsellor involves listening to many stories. Clients narrate their circumstances, and through counselling come to a better understanding of their inner world in relation to those stories. Listening to the ...
  • Treatment in Singapore
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    Muni Winslow Charts the Growth and Challenges of Developing Addiction Treatment in Culturally Diverse Singapore I’m an addiction psychiatrist working in the multi-racial and cosmopolitan city-state of Singapore. Born at about the time we gained independence from the British, I belong to a generation that is incredibly proud of our achievements in growing an independent ...
  • Bereavement in Recovery
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    Facing Bereavement in Recovery Chula Goonewardene writes about the unparalleled pain of losing his father within the context of his own recovery In early February 2015, my Father passed away, quite unexpectedly, and the emotional pain I have felt is like nothing else I have ever felt before. I spent many years of active addiction ...