1-day workshop

Stopping Addictions: effective treatment and recovery

Discover the highly effective psychological techniques that are helping people overcome all kinds of addictions and compulsive behaviours…

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  • Accredited CPD: 6 hours

  • Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Emily Gajewski

  • Price: £198 per person

Price includes lunch, refreshments and course notes


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Hugely informative - one of the best addiction training days

Addictions Counsellor

NEXT DATE – last few places:  Wednesday 12th June, Bristol – join Emily Gajewski for this popular addiction recovery training workshop – to ensure your place, book online now or call our friendly team on 01323 811690. Other dates and venues available.

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When combined with key insights into the addictive process and what drives it, the techniques covered on this day prove effective at helping people successfully quit a wide range of addictions. They also help to reduce withdrawal symptoms, minimise relapses and give people the best chance at effective, long-lasting recovery…

What will you learn

  • New insights into the addictive process and why people become addicted
  • Common traps to avoid when treating addictions
  • A range of psychological techniques for overcoming addiction
  • How to develop a treatment plan and deepen a client’s commitment to change
  • Ways to overcome resistance – and prevent relapses

Also covered:

  • Demonstrations – by a leading expert in addiction counselling – of the powerful skills that help to quickly break the patterns of addictive behaviour
  • Guidance and practise in using some of these yourself
  • How to break the cycle of shame involved in addictions, using self-compassion and generation of hope
  • Essential motivational interviewing techniques – and how to incorporate them into the ‘cycle of change’
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the most useful ways to beat a wide variety of addictions – and prevent relapse
  • Increased understanding of the addictive trance and its false promises
  • How to use harm-reduction techniques
  • Why the social-based model of addiction is more helpful than the disease-based model
  • An understanding of the importance of guided imagery in overcoming addictions and substance abuse (particularly ‘counter-conditioning’ which is taught on Guided Imagery 2: additional techniques)
  • Co-morbid conditions – the link with addiction and how to deal with them as effectively and quickly as possible
  • And more

A total revelation – very uplifting

Mental Health Worker

Why take this course

The numbers of people affected by addictions and substance abuse continue to rise – causing immense mental, physical and financial suffering to individuals, their families and colleagues – while the resources to help are dwindling.

But thankfully it is possible to help most addicts transform their lives – often in only a few sessions – as you will discover on this practical day which draws together, from various schools of solution-focused therapy, the most effective and proven techniques for treating addictions (including motivational interviewing and self compassion techniques) with essential neuroscientific insights into the addictive process to create powerful interventions.

You will leave the day with renewed confidence knowing how it is possible to help most people with addictions, enabling them to transform their lives, often in a small number of sessions.

The skills covered are essential to have (along with guided imagery) if you wish to improve your effectiveness when helping people quit any addiction, including: alcohol addiction, smoking, gambling addiction, shopping, social media addiction, sex, substance abuse, self-harm and eating disorders.

Please note

Please note

You will leave this workshop with essential information and a variety of skills that you can implement straight away. However, the key concepts and most effective ways of treating addictions, which you will see demonstrated and explained, incorporate guided imagery skills. We therefore recommend, if you aren’t proficient in these already, that you attend the Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change workshop (either before or after this one). The counter-conditioning technique that you will see demonstrated and explained on ‘Stopping Addictions’, is taught in detail and practiced by workshop participants on Guided Imagery Day 2: additional techniques.

‘Stopping Addictions’ complements our online course Tackling Addiction and what you will learn on it will also be very useful if you support or work with people who self-harm.

Course Programme

The ‘Stopping Addictions: effective treatment and recovery’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable for?

All members of the caring professions, including: psychotherapists, addiction counsellors, drug workers, youth workers, nurses and detox support specialists, doctors, sober companions and drug and alcohol workers, therapists, vocational counselors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists, teachers and education professionals, social workers, supervisors, physiotherapists, support workers and anyone wishing to improve their understanding of addictive behaviour and how to treat it.

CPD Provider LogoThis course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 6 hours of CPD training.

On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.

Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (59 Reviews)
  1. Head of HR

    An excellent course – Emily was really engaging in her approach and there was lots of interaction throughout the day which was excellent and most welcome. All the examples that Emily provided were great and contextualised the learning.

  2. Teacher

    There’s something about in person courses that nothing else will give you. The honest discussions, the compassion we can give each other, the examples we can bring into the discussion…

  3. PA/Recovery Coach

    I found the course very helpful to gain a deeper understanding around addiction. I felt that Emily taught with great knowledge and compassion.

  4. Director – operations for a recruitment agency

    Really fascinating day. Enjoyed Emily’s training so much – she makes it so easy to understand. Feel energised and enthusiastic to start putting these learnings into practice.

  5. Counselling Psychologist

    Amazing. Informative and practical.

  6. Therapist

    A complete overhaul of other addiction therapy. Refreshingly human and compassionate.

  7. Amy Holland, Director, Project Development

    Very good – excellent trainer. Learned a lot.

  8. Behaviour Management Support (Dementia)

    Emily excelled my expectations. Very well explained, use of simple language and making it easy to translate into practise.

  9. Ingrid Steele, Coach/Facilitator

    Excellent course, delivered brilliantly with courses notes perfectly matched to the day’s process.

  10. Sarah Houldsworth, Geologist, Eco-Therapist in training

    A beautifully paced day with excellent notes and practise that built on the talks. Emily had lots of practical examples and tips for making this therapy very effective.

  11. Daniel Cooper, Neuroscientist and Psychoeducator

    Interesting and engaging. Emily presented and demonstrated the course material in a very accessible way. Felt I learned a lot from this.

  12. Susan Lakhan, Optometrist

    Emily was a brilliant teacher. Loved this course. The teaching was so easy to follow. Brilliant use of examples and I loved the introduction when we could vocalise what areas we would like to cover today. Great notes also as they were clear and easy to follow when we went and worked in small groups.

  13. Iakovos Flaskis, Psychotherapist - Company Owner

    A beautiful experience that makes sense on so many levels. Emily is a very communicative and empathetic instructor. Fantastic!

  14. Support Worker

    Brilliant and insightful.

  15. Software Architect

    Gave me a good overview of addiction, how it manifests and how to help people.

  16. Kitchen Manager/Pedagogy

    Very powerful and useful.

  17. Counsellor

    Very useful content and insights into working with addiction.

  18. Probation Officer

    So many other things are under the surface. Dealing with this can cause the addiction to fall away.

  19. Performance Coach/Flying Instructor

    Emily’s ability to present, listen to the audience and reframe questions really brought the subject to life.

  20. Pedagogue/Probation/Hospitality Manager

    Vast amount of practical knowledge that can be used when dealing with addiction. Very practical and well explained.

  21. Teacher

    It was an excellent course.

  22. Local Government Officer

    An excellent day. Really enjoyable and thought-provoking. So much to think about.

  23. Neuro-therapist

    Brilliant way of thinking about addiction, also very practical to help people.

  24. Psychologist

    Useful learning, particularly a clear understanding abut why addictions happen and perpetuate.

  25. Retired Housing Advisor/HG Student

    Excellent. My objectives have been met and I really enjoyed today.

  26. Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist

    This course has really propelled my understanding of the processes underlying addiction and relapse and really clearly outlined how the therapist can utilise the client to subconsciously discover their own solutions, and how the therapist can use psycho-education and reframing to help clients overcome addiction

  27. Wellbeing Manager

    Amazing as always! I always leave excited to put what I have learnt into practise.

  28. Counsellor/Operations Manager

    Engaging – I learnt so much.

  29. Business Psychologist

    Good opportunity to practise which was very useful

  30. Therapist in private practice

    Thank you very much – an enjoyable course

  31. Retired Teacher

    Very good teaching and resources used.

  32. Hypnotherapist

    Very experienced and lovely teacher. Lots of practical insights.

  33. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Well informed, clear teaching. Lovely lecturer.

  34. Flood risk consultant

    Really excellent review of the process of addictions and how it can be approached through guided imagery

  35. School Counsellor

    Superb! Great information that makes stopping addictions quickly if possible.

  36. Key Worker

    Really interesting course – feel I have a lot of knowledge and understanding gained from Emily. It was a safe, supportive space to practise new skills. Fantastic day – thank you!

  37. Teacher/NLP Practitioner

    Emily set such a wonderful tone that helped me understand the complex nature of addictions. The personal demonstrations with my partner were real light bulb moments.

  38. Safeguarding Manager

    This course was the best yet. The trainer was fantastic from the get go and came across professional, knowledgeable and created an open and engaging atmosphere!

  39. Methodist Minister

    Brilliant as always!

  40. Senior Parent Support Advisor

    I found it really interesting that all addictions, not just chemical ones, can be helped by this approach. Fantastic training.

  41. GP

    RIGAAR is a really useful framework to add to my consultation skills, along with motivational interviewing.

  42. Volunteer Counsellor

    Very practical and informative. Useful on a professional and personal level.

  43. Medical Herbalist

    Excellent. Covered lots of aspects of the addiction process. Well delivered and well paced. Can’t fault it.

  44. Teacher

    A positive structure with clear principles which can be used to help clients change patterns of behaviour – very helpful.

  45. Student Development Officer/PCA Counsellor

    Really enjoyed the day. The best day course I’ve been on in a while!

  46. Support Worker

    I found the day mesmorising – truly enlightening and I hung onto every word.

  47. Senior Parent Advisor

    This was the most thought provoking workshop experienced so far. It has given me a whole new perspective on addictive behaviour which I feel is based on a sound knowledge base rather than myth.

  48. Weight Management Practitioner

    Another inspiring, interesting and practical day of ‘human givens’ training – I will be back again for more.

  49. Occupational Health

    Essential skills for dealing with addictions – just what I came for.

  50. Special Educational Needs Caseworker

    …I am tackling my own addiction and now I am filled with hope and even more determination.

  51. Psychiatrist

    Lovely insights into addiction which are quite refreshing compared to the traditional teaching.

  52. Behaviour Consultant (Psychologist)

    Brought real clarity to the question of how to treat addictions in a cohesive, structured way that is eminently transferrable to my work.

  53. Addiction Doctor

    Where do I start? What a fantastic course – inspiring and encouraging – a brilliant day.

  54. Resettlement Worker

    Brain mechanisms involved in addiction were fabulously clearly explained and a sensible plan for treatment. Can’t wait to try it out.

  55. Deputy Service Manager

    A very rewarding day – I will be able to implement what I’ve learnt both professionally and personally – thank you.

  56. Volunteer Alcohol Project Worker

    Enlightening and useful – with a lot of evidence-based knowledge.

  57. Mental Health Nurse

    Practical, easy-to-understand, well taught and immensely informative. An excellent, wonderfully experienced trainer who is great to learn from.

  58. Counsellor

    Having the opportunity to put the theory into practice is wonderful. Has helped to build confidence in myself for future work with clients.

  59. Addictions Counsellor

    Hugely informative – the skills I learnt today will be immensely helpful in my work.

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