Recovery Plus “It is not only possible to get completely well from addiction – I would also claim that it is possible to prevent it,” says Mandy Saligari, who has ‘manualised’ how to achieve this. your library’s essential reference Feb 2016 27 About the author Mandy Saligari MSc, Fdap and NCAC (accred) is founder and executive/clinical director of Charter Harley Street. She also trained in Arizona under Pia Mellody in the Post Induction Therapy model: a trauma reduction-based methodology working with the inner child and unhealthy feelings carried into adulthood. Mandy entered treatment herself in 1990 and is now a relationship and parenting expert and a straight-talking speaker, both knowledgeable and hugely entertaining – she recently appeared on This Morning TV. She is developing a creative and innovative model of care related to treating and preventing addiction, currently undergoing IP. Charter comes from a psychodynamic perspective and uses the 12-step method modified to incorporate CBT, psychodrama, Gestalt, Focussing, MI and mindfulness. those around them from the opportunities of early intervention. This needs challenging by being able to spot it – and treat – it in its early stages. This is where the Core CharacteristicsTM comes in. My approach is aimed at recognising addiction early enough, often before it begins to parade as drug and alcohol abuse. This approach seeks to assess high risk factors, and identify certain behaviours which might appear explicable and ‘normal’ but can provide early warning signs of addiction that warrant more serious attention. The approach is based on the belief that addiction is about how a person feels about and therefore behaves towards themselves and towards others. It’s about relationship. Of course you can become addicted to an addictive substance, but that is the tip of the iceberg. Addiction comes in people not in packages. To treat it, we need to focus in the right place. Part of my expertise is in my striving as an adult to establish a solid foundation of recovery in long-term respectful relationships with others. I am now an addiction therapist with a Masters degree in addiction psychology and counselling and experience in clinical practice spanning over 20 years around addiction and relationships. Certified by the Law Society to provide Continuing Professional Development (CPDs), and with well-established links to the independent schools sector where I present to pupils, parents and provide teacher training, I am dedicated to education and early intervention. I am mum to three wonderful children who bring meaning to my life, and have been faithfully married for 20 years to my beloved James who is a nightmare to live with, and he feels the same about me – that much we have in common! In truth I have been very lucky: in 1990, rehab did not hold the same cachet as it can today but somehow I found myself there when I was only 23 years old. Cocaine had almost killed me, and my love addiction had broken me so that I no longer wanted to live. The next 10 years or so were a constant battle between strict adherence to the programme of abstinence and rebellion as I instinctively felt that my obsession for abstinence was the same ‘sickness’ as my obsession to use. I now know that throughout this time I was carving the basis for a successful treatment and prevention programme for the social malignance that is addiction as well as a strong foundation for the life that I cherish today. A life of recovery where I no longer experience loneliness nor despair, where I am respectfully myself, where I am free. The day I entered recovery, my life changed forever.
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