I would like to offer my observations and recommendations based on my work in Singapore between 2005 and 2011 in the field of addictions. To summarize:
I just finished reading a superb article by Timothy Sim on family therapy in Singapore1. He captures it all. It brought me back to many issues I struggled with while working in Singapore. As an addiction specialist practicing in Singapore for nearly six years (2005-2011), I had personally handled nearly 80 cases in addition to supervising hundreds of cases by other therapists. I expected to involve the entire family when working with a person suffering from an addictive disease. Note, I said “expected” since for a variety of reasons, it was almost impossible to work with families during my stay in Singapore. The counselors I supervised did little better, in fact, probably worse.
Date Posted: January 10, 2013
Categories: Addictions, Compulsive Spending / Shopping, Drug Addiction, Eating Disorders, Family Problems, Gambling Addiction, Love addiction
This brief article is meant for counselors, family members, and those suffering from addictions. By addictions, I mean both behavioral, such as gambling, and substance abuse, such as alcohol and drugs. I will only consider three areas of addiction treatment, as I consider these three crucial to favorable outcomes.
As an American Addiction Specialist since 1979, I have worked in Singapore in that capacity for the better part of 5 years between 2005 and 2011. Prior to full time work there, I presented several addiction workshops in Singapore between 1998 and 2001. I was employed by both the National Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in their National Addictions Management Services (NAMS) as their Principal Therapist, and with WE CARE Community Services, a Voluntary Welfare Organization (VWO), as their Program Director. (At that time NAMS was known as Community Addictions Management Program (CAMP).
Date Posted: January 13, 2012
Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Gambling Addiction