Our Learning

On this page we share some of our reflections and learning from working with clients.*

We regularly add a lot of current news, local events and activities, research and other fun stuff on our Some Space Facebook page. Please like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cgl_somespace to keep up to date.

How to love an addict - This article gives you insight into an "addicted mind", allowing you to understand why it can't "just say No". It also teaches you that it is possible to keep loving your "addicted other" without losing yourself or compromising your boundaries and values. You can learn to love them in a different way.

Change - how it happens and why it doesn't always last - Many of us often say we are going to change our behaviour somehow. How can we find the motivation to keep us persevering?

Squares and Blob model - This explains the model we use to explain addiction in a family and offer possibilities for dialogue and relationship repair. It is blame-free, non-judgmental, and easy to understand, and allows all the parties to have a shared understanding of how addiction affects everyone, albeit in different ways.

A different bark: From psychotherapist to Some Space family recovery volunteer, can an "old dog" learn new tricks?

Trauma & Addiction - Newsletters

There are many reasons that an awareness of trauma is especially relevant to drug and alcohol recovery service workers and interested family and friends. Annie put together these brief, readable newsletters primarily for frontline workers to share the gist of some relevant research and thinking. They draw on the work of many authors based on what we have found most helpful.

Newsletter 1: What is psychological trauma?; Symptoms; Why focus on trauma?; First step: "Applying the Brakes"; What the NHS offers.

Newsletter 2: Non-verbal therapies; Can ketamine erase alcohol-related memories?; Can MDMA cure high anxiety and PTSD?; Reducing risk of vicarious trauma.

Newsletter 3: The impact of childhood experiences: the ACE studies; Trauma and "personality disorders" (BPD and ASPD); Post-traumatic growth: myth or reality?

*Client names and identifying details have been changed and multiple stories have been amalgamated and are not the story of any one client. While the stories highlight some of the experiences and feelings of various Some Space clients, any resemblance to real individuals is purely coincidental.