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Next Course: Understanding Addiction – 1 Day Training Course

How well do you recognise addiction? And what do you do next?

I am a member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals and I have personal experience of addiction and recovery. Since the year 2000, I have been helping addicted people turn their lives around and achieve recovery. I have spent many years helping people to relinquish addictive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. I help addicted people find hope and courage in the face of hopelessness and fear. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and my experience with therapists and mental health workers to help you give your addicted clients the support they need.

Only ten places available – to give you an in-depth learning experience.

Saturday 15th July 2017

10am – 5pm. Registration from 9:30am

Venue: The Romney Centre, 61 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XS.

Free parking is available on nearby streets, notably Cemetery Rd, Northlands Rd, Hulse Rd and Banister Rd.

Lunch is not provided, but there will be refreshments. There are lots of food outlets near the venue.

£85 per delegate (£50 for students).

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This course is aimed at mental health professionals who want to develop an understanding of addiction and how to help people suffering with addiction.

The day will be filled with exercises, presentations and discussion to suit a wide variety of learning styles and to give you practical knowledge and a new set of skills for understanding and helping addicted clients.

Addiction affects people in all walks of life, it is not limited to areas of poverty and deprivation. It is one of the leading causes of crime, relationship breakdown, psychological breakdown, family dysfunction, sickness absence from work, as well as loss of personal and professional standing, loss of employment prospects and poor mental and physical health. In short, it is a major problem in Western society. Nevertheless, with the right help, addicted people can fully recover and become happy, productive and well regarded members of society once more.

Many addicted people feel disempowered by mental health services. They frequently experience being labelled 'addict' by others and they are often prescribed medication, sometimes without therapy, although thankfully this does seem to be changing. In my experience, long-term recovery from addiction is gained through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-empowerment. Addicted people need empathy in a supportive working relationship, which paves the way for the practitioner to skilfully challenge the client's addiction patterns and help them develop recovery-centred ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. I have 16 years' practical experience of helping addicted people recover, based on the Twelve Step method of recovery developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, which can give the addicted person a framework on which to build a new, purposeful and meaningful life.

The 12 Step approach was pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1930s and has stood the test of time for 85 years. The 12 Step approach has since blossomed and diversified to encompass a vast range of addictions and addiction-like problems. It is the basis of 12 Step fellowships, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and is used in treatment centres throughout the world. It draws on traditional Eastern and Western philosophies and it offers a way for addicted people to empower themselves and achieve long-term recovery from addiction.

People suffering from addiction often seek escape from a reality in which they often feel isolated, misunderstood, ashamed and very afraid. This workshop will show you how to use 12 Step philosophy to help your addicted clients break the cycle of addiction, build resilience and find recovery.

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Addiction is a widespread problem that permeates all levels of society and the damage caused to individuals and society by addiction is significant. Consider alcohol, for example. It is estimated by the UK government that as much as 5% of the population has alcohol dependency problems, and the cost to the economy may be as much as £20 billion every year. Part of the problem is that addiction is frequently misunderstood by mental health professionals and the general population, and people with addiction often don’t get the help they need, or are afraid to ask for it. The problem of being afraid to ask for help is particularly prevalent among professional people, for whom admitting to having an addiction problem is perhaps the hardest step of all.

In this course, I explain how patterns of addiction are created and sustained. I describe how the basics of the 12 Step approach can be used to help clients begin to break out of those patterns and recover from addiction and I show how therapists can provide additional help to addicted people in overcoming some of the common factors that prevent recovery and lead many people to relapse.

The 12 Step approach is tailor-made for people wishing to recover from addiction. It provides a structured, concrete, tangible method that helps the individual break free from thoughts, feelings and behaviour that are rigid, repetitive and centred around addictive activity. Addiction is characterised by rigid, repetitive and compulsive thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The 12 Step approach helps the person move to a position of thinking, feeling and behaving which is more flexible, more creative and which emphasises mindfulness of the needs of self and others.

This course will give you an understanding of the neurology, psychology and sociology behind the first three steps of the 12 Step program, and modern findings in neuro-science which accord with the philosophy of the 12 Step program. You will gain personal experience of the way in which the principles of the program can be applied in everyday living. Furthermore, it will show you the pitfalls that your clients may encounter on their journey through the program and it will help you to understand and support your clients through the difficulties they face on the transformative journey of self-awareness, self-acceptance and the building of social connections that seems to be an essential factor in achieving long-term recovery from addiction.