Brief therapy for stopping addictions

I'm Sue Saunders and I deliver the Brief Therapy for Stopping Addictions course workshop for the Human Givens College As I said this is a workshop, and it is a very skills based workshop – building on the information in the online course 'Tackling Addictions'

The way the day is laid out is we start with reviewing that theory of why and how people develop addictions The addictive trance and how we can get caught in that, and how all humans are vulnerable to that addictive trance, and how all humans are vulnerable to addiction any time their lives aren't working and their needs are not being met So we look at the framework, the RIGAAR framework and how to utilize that framework to help people to overcome an addiction The RIGAAR framework in rapport building, information gathering, gathering the correct information, the most useful information, using motivational interviewing techniques, goal-setting, and really getting clear on what the individuals goal is about their addiction – whether they want to stop, whether they want to reduce it, it has to be the the client's goal Accessing resources, and what resources does this person have at their disposal that will help them overcome this addiction, and then agreeing a strategy, agreeing a strategy for change, agreeing a strategy not only for initiating that change but also a strategy to prevent relapses in the future

And then the final part of RIGAAR is rehearsal And in that rehearsal we use guided imagery and we use the guided use of someone's imagination to really really facilitate them in making a change in their behavior, whatever behavior that is Guided imagery is an incredibly powerful technique it is taught in the 'Guided imagery and visualization for therapeutic change' workshop and we utilize the guided imagery to really help someone make that change You will have the opportunity of seeing a demonstration of using RIGAAR and using the guided imagery to really help someone overcome an addiction And you have an opportunity to practice that in pairs yourself so that you develop those skills

We end the day with looking at co-morbid conditions because very often addictions develop from traumas, from depression, out of difficult times in people's lives So often times with addiction you will get co-morbid conditions such as trauma, such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, oftentimes anger difficulties So we also look at how to treat and these conditions and how the human givens approach can really help in treating some of these conditions along with the addictions course It's a very packed day there's a lot of skills involved it's a very enjoyable day, a very interesting day, and if you decide to come along I hope you get a lot from it and it adds to your practice Thank you

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