The first part of your recovery begins with a conversation about your drinking or drug use – or both.
We won’t be telling you what to do. This is an important principle. If you decide you want to engage with me it will be as partners. You are the expert on your life and your drinking and/or drug use. Our skills are in helping you change the drinking or using aspects that concern you.
Right from the beginning we will make suggestions with an explanation of what we are proposing. You then decide what you are going to do. The reasoning behind this is quite simple: what you do will be your decision based on your understanding of why you are doing it, and because it is your decision you will be best motivated to see it through.
We want to find out who you are, what you like and what you don’t like. We’ll ask what your average day is all about; what you enjoy about drinking and/or drug use and what you don’t.
We’ll ask why you want to do something about it and we will talk about when you drink and/or use drugs, and what happens when you do.
This in fact forms the first part of an assessment which suggests what we might do next.
The next part of assessment involves using AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Indication Test) or DUDIT (Drug Use Disorders Identification Test). This means answering a few basic questions and takes a short time to complete. Developed by the World Health Organisation it is is an international standard method of giving a score which is recognised across the medical community. This score is important as it tells us both if you have a dependency and, if so, to what extent.
When the assessment is complete – normally after one booked session on the phone – we’ll discuss what to do next. The results are yours to keep whether or not you choose to work with us towards your recovery.