Addiction is a disease - not a disgrace. People who have the disease of addiction need help, not punishment.
Bridget Wilson, addictions therapist, says, 'My philosophy is to treat all my clients with dignity and respect. I address the underlying factors of addiction, giving the client the ‘tools’ they need for successful recovery. Each person faces their own challenges in recovery, and my approach addresses all aspects of those challenges.
'My training is in 12 Step facilitation and I am a firm believer in the recovery "tools" enshrined in the 12 Steps. I combine this approach with cognitive behavioural theory, mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
'I believe in working with each person at their own pace and I recognise the importance of meeting each person where they are at in their recovery.
'I believe that a fundamental part of my philosophy is to create a therapeutic alliance as soon as possible with each person.'
Bridget's area of speciality is treating people with sexual addiction, as well as their partners who often suffer the debilitating condition of co-dependence.
Part of her training has been in understanding trauma and in particular the trauma of betrayal which can often lead to dysfunctional behaviours resulting in harm to relationships.
News and opinion
Former England footballer Paul Merson talks about his gambling and substance addictions. The Guardian reviews his new book
Bridget talks on
the Nutters Club about addiction, as well as sharing some of her own story. Listen here
Do you or a loved one have a problem with addictive behaviour?
Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain. The addict or alcoholic loses control of the amount used or the frequency of his or her using. That's why it's almost impossible for them to stop on their own. They usually need help.
At Solutions Auckland we know how to help.
Call today on (+64) 020 4039 1388 to start the journey to recovery.
The Retreat New Zealand
Part of Bridget's working week is at the Retreat NZ which offers unique, impactful residential programmes to those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, including a recently added specialised meth programme.
The Retreat is a private rehabilitation centre run by a number of highly experienced volunteers and professionals who aim to help individuals on their road to recovery.
The Retreat NZ welcomes guests from throughout the country into a safe and caring environment. What makes the Retreat different from other rehabs is that the staff is comprised of people who have experienced dependency issues and found an enlightened path to recovery. This means that Retreat guests are surrounded by individuals who understand their journey.