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I have heard statements such as “Who wants to know a junkie like me?” and “I’m 40 years old, it’s too late for me to change”


The majority haven’t been in employment for con- siderable lengths of time and they have gravitated towards likewise souls and cut themselves off from society leading isolated lives and in turn have a lack of confidence and social skills.


There is a feeling of being judged, ostracized and shunned by society. I have discovered the most challenging obstacle to this client group accepting change in their lives is Fear!


One of the most common aspects of this is fear of themselves and who they will be if they change and what will be expected of them if they do. For this reason alone, resistance to change is high in this cli- ent group.


Although I have seen dramatic positive changes in a number of my clients, the success rate on the whole throughout this field for long term abstinence is low, (approximately 20%) and the work can span years before someone is successful in regaining a healthy drug free life. They may have to try number of times before finally breaking free of their bonds.


Statistically, 58% of our presenting clients have ex- perienced some form of childhood abuse, the most common being sexual


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