Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor in Private Practice
Addiction. Arguably one of the most contentious, controversial and even reviled constructs known to humankind. Whether we embrace the multi-dimensional ‘disease’ model favoured by classic 12-step philosophy (Alcoholics Anonymous et al.) , the medical model with a focus on biological and genetic factors , or one of the therapeutic hypotheses which I will reference at times throughout, it is a construct that can stir defensiveness, debate and denial in individuals and communities alike. However, addiction (as I understand it) is known to me both as a professional and personally, and I will integrate my experience of them both in the hope that I can provide at the very least a backdrop of information, ideas and reflections that may be of use to you in your work and life beyond. For the sake of clarity, please take it as a given that this article is focused upon addiction as a specific and very real phenomenon, a million miles away from those individuals who choose to use substances and/or alcohol and feel that their use remains both an option and controlled. Read more. . .