“Alcohol and Drug Addiction is a Very Treatable Illness”

In our latest short video our Head of Training, Glynis Read PhD, talks about what she sees as an alcohol and drug addictions therapist. 

Emotional growth

Arrested emotional development is typical in people who have been abusing alcohol or drugs – these people have simply stopped maturing and growing emotionally.  “So treatment is about developing emotionally” explains Glynis, “very often people regress when they are drinking or using drugs.  They start to mature once they get into recovery. And that maturing process, as you probably remember from your own adolescence, can be quite painful; it’s quite challenging, it’s very exciting.”

Setting boundaries as a therapist

Glynis also points out the importance of empathising yet setting boundaries in treatment and the risk of “getting sucked into other people’s emotional distress”.  

In order to be effective an addiction therapist must “have the empathy but also be able to stand back and let the person have their own treatment process.” She goes on to describe the “deep sense of peace” that people in recovery experience.

Motivation is key

Addiction is treated as a disease at Castle Craig, with a well-defined treatment programme developed from the Minnesota Model and includes individual psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and complementary therapies. Addiction is a disease that is treatable, but only, as Glynis points out, if the person is “motivated and keen to make the huge changes necessary.”

Over 8,000 people with addictions have undergone treatment at Castle Craig since it was opened in 1988.  “I’ve seen hundreds of people go through the treatment process and get well and have really fruitful lives that have meaning and value and have that deep sense of peace that was missing initially.”

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