In this two minute video Glynis Read, Head of Training at Castle Craig, talks about a wide range of issues, including emotional development, the importance of empathy and the "deep sense of peace" that people in recovery experience.
'Arrested development' is a typical result of addiction - in other words the addict has stopped growing emotionally while under the influence of drugs.
"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."
Glynis also points out the importance of 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."
Addiction is treated as a disease at Castle Craig, with a well defined treatment programme based on the Minnesota Model and includes individual psychotherapy, group therapy, CBT and complementary therapies. As the title of this video suggests it 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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