"Abstinence for some is an impossible venture." What Is Controlled Drinking? Controlled drinking is a harm reduction approach for problematic alcohol use. The method significantly deviates from Alcoholics Anonymous, a traditional model focusing on abstinence. Evidence indicates that controlled drinking is … [Read more...] about Controlled Drinking Checklist (The Moderate Consumption Guide)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) revolutionized clinical perspectives on addiction. The paradigm acknowledges the inherent power of the individual, dropping the concept of, 'personal defects,' and addictive personalities. Instead, MI techniques are designed to assess readiness for change, while empowering motivation through a stepwise therapeutic approach.
"Caring is being ready, even when they are not." Definition: Motivational Interviewing is a counselling approach commonly used in the field of Addictions Psychology. Motivational Interviewing is designed to assess readiness for change by meeting individuals where they are at in their change journey, while exploring … [Read more...] about Motivational Interviewing Essentials – Mastering Addiction Psychology
"What's the nature of the therapeutic relationship? It's complicated!" Everyone Wants To Know (Or Do They?) The therapeutic relationship is complicated. I have been on both sides of the counselling scenario (as both a client and psychotherapist). These are two entirely different points of view. … [Read more...] about The Therapist’s Confessional – What We Think About Our Clients
"Society is measured by how we treat those most in need." Defining The Problem When considering the widespread opioid overdose crisis occurring throughout North America, it is clear we are not doing enough to manage the devastating consequences. On both sides of the Canadian – American border, overdose leading to … [Read more...] about The Canadian Opioid Crisis: Reducing Stigma Promotes Access To Care