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Dialectics is about looking at two contradictory ideas and trying to resolve their conflict. In the case of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy the two contradictory ideas are acceptance and change. It is an evidence based therapy for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), although you don’t need to have BPD diagnosis in order to benefit from this therapy.
It is a typical day in A&E at Kings College Hospital, London. A recent admission, 32 year old Joe, has just been offered an in-house detox for his acute alcohol poisoning but has decided instead to go and buy a bottle of vodka. The overworked but kindly and caring staff follow him onto the street in their
This is a remarkable documentary. The title: ‘Chasing Dad – a Lifelong Addiction to Heroin and Alcohol’ indicates the nature of the problem – the mad chase on the treadmill of despair that every family experiences, where addiction is present. While dad is obsessively doing his own version of ‘chasing the dragon’, we meet a succession of
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ (Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities) When starting treatment, you may feel trapped and anxious. But this is an opportunity to deal with your addiction problem and turn your life around. Make the most of it! If you can take a positive view
by Chae Strathie,  Journalist and Author Chris Burn opened his eyes slowly, painfully. He was in a white room, bathed in a radiant, bright light. Where was he? How he had ended up there? His first thought was that he was dead. But in reality he was taking the first steps towards truly living for the first
It’s a huge decision to come into addiction treatment. People are entering into something completely new and unknown and everyone comes in with a degree of ambivalence. It doesn’t take much to tip the balance one way or the other: they could fall in with people they immediately gel with, and that tips it in favour of
While the subject of addiction as a whole has had its fair share of outings on the silver screen, the particular issue of recovery from addiction has generally received less cinematic attention. But while they may be less common, there are still some films out there that document the challenges of going into treatment and living in