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Insight: Drug Addictions

AAMET International EFT Level 3 Practitioner/ Trainer, Robert McKenzie who works within the

H i, I’m Robert McKenzie

I‘ve kindly been given the opportunity to let you know about some of my experiences using EFT.

As a Professional Substance Use Practitioner, I work with primary heroin, crack cocaine and Benzodiazepam users in the NottingHill area of Lon- don.

I have worked in this field for ten years now and I love my work. I work within what is known as the NHS GP Shared Care Scheme as a GP Liai- son, which enables me to work alongside NHS GPs and Clinical Nurse Specialists who prescribe substitute opioid medications such as Metha- done and Buprenorphine.

NHS GP Shared Care Scheme and specialises in cases of Substance Use, gives us an insight into some of his experi- ences using EFT...

Among the assorted treatment and care modalities on offer to clients presenting to drug serv- ices for help with their addictions they can access psychological interventions and support such as Counseling/Psychotherapy.

These talking therapies can hopefully help the clients work through their troubled emotions and possibly help them find the root causes to their dependen- cies.

Unfortunately, clients usually access these support mecha- nisms only on a weekly basis for one hour at a time. I have always thought this wasn’t ideal.

Drug using clients come with a host of issues. Statistically speak- ing, 58% of our presenting clients have experienced some form of childhood abuse, the most com- mon being sexual.

They have all the issues related to this one area of emotional trauma. Leading a life full of det- rimental behavior patterns then compounds this.

Therefore there are issues such as Low Self- Esteem / Worth and even Self Loathing.

Generally they have lead lives outside what we may call ‘social norms’.

I currently carry a caseload of seventy clients 10 AAMET LIFE JANUARY 2013

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