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​Do I have an alcohol or drug problem?

We cover this off in detail at the beginning of our programme, yet this blog is a useful guide to see whether there might be some improvements you can make to your life, based on your current alcohol or drug use.If we think there is an issue and we are going to establish ourselves with a new way of living, we are going to have to fully accept the truth and that may be that we can no longer do what we've been doing – that our particular behaviours or self-destructive habits don't work, whether th...

How to stay sober during the Coronavirus pandemic…

How to stay sober during the Coronavirus pandemic…Should you wish to find out more about the programme of Making Changes after reading this blog, and how it has helped others move away from alcohol and drug abuse, please head over to the Programme and About Us sections in the website. Firstly, I'd just like to say that my heart goes out to anyone struggling with alcohol or drugs at any time, yet maybe even more so during this current period. I have been working with people who live on ...

Alcohol & Drug Abuse – just what are we responsible for?

This blog will explore the roles that the 'Brain Disease Model of Addiction' (BDMA) and the principles of 'Choice' and 'Responsibility' should play in a.) identifying the cause of addiction to alcohol or drugs and b.) the treatment of it. In order to do so, I will initially provide a brief theoretical background of both arguments before moving on to analyse some of the research which identifies a proposed 'hybrid' solution that incorporates both the BDMA and principles of 'choice' and 'responsib...

Coronavirus Update – Operating as normal

Following government advice, we will no longer be able to deliver face-to-face, in person sessions for initial consultations or the 2-3-hour sessions we would normally carry out at the completion of each Change. However, a fundamental part of the Programme, is to catch up weekly, at least once or twice over Skype, Zoom or Teams, whichever video platform you prefer and so I will just continue to deliver the Programme this way instead. It may mean that the 2-3-hour sessions become shorte...

A Comparative Look at Alcohol Use in Young People

Here, I explore various theories about why young people drink alcohol and compare the differences between various European countries, such as the UK, Denmark, Norway and Italy. The differences between the UK and Italy, for example, are quite significant. What I found worrying, is the emphasis that is placed on how young people can use alcohol as a way of creating their identification and character. Something I could certainly relate to. The article also looks at the influence of the alcohol industry and the more you get to know me and my work the more you will understand my thoughts towards the power that industry holds on policy and the lives of all people, not just those classed as 'young'.

Substance Use and Addiction Theories

In this academic post, I looks at three real life scenarios of people with addiction and/or problematic use involving alcohol and drugs that are played out as recorded interviews. I then explore and apply various different theories that academics and scientists commonly apply to such scenarios. This was my first piece of coursework as part of my Masters Degree and really opened my eyes to the unique circumstances of every individual that goes through some sort of problem in relation to alcohol and drugs. The work discusses 'theories' of why people become 'addicted' and what really blew my mind is just how many there are.

We All Have a Turning Point – the Key is Which Way we Turn

In this blog post, Chris talks about the final few weeks that led him to eventually moving away from a life of alcohol-induced self-destruction. This involves the loss of 3 jobs in London, lying face down in the rain on a wet afternoon in Holborn, leading to the eventual 5 week isolation that, without being rescued by his family, probably would have seen Chris die as a result of alcohol poisoning. It's gritty, real, even humorous on occasions, but most importantly, it offers hope to those who may not have it right now.