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Ask An Expert

These are interviews with trained professionals who come into contact with people struggling with addiction.

Ask An Expert: Aland (Addiction clinician and homeopath)

Wednesday 18 Apr, 2018, 12:01am by Mrs D Share your ideas

Today’s expert is Aland, an Operations Team Leader working in Christchurch. In his last job he was employed as an alcohol and drug clinician/counsellor in Nelson and Motueka. =========== Mrs D: How are you put in contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Aland: In my last role referrals came to me through […]

Ask An Expert: Suzy (Consumer Project Lead)

Monday 19 Mar, 2018, 12:00pm by Mrs D 7 comments

Today’s Expert is Suzy Morrison, the Consumer Project Lead at Matua Raki – the National Addiction Workforce Development Programme. Suzy also writes the blog Ageing Can Be A Bitch and shared her Sober Story with us here. ========== Mrs D: What has led you to this point in your career?  Suzy: My previous experience in […]

Ask An Expert: Susan (detox nurse)

Thursday 22 Feb, 2018, 12:00pm by Mrs D Share your ideas

Today’s expert is Susan, a Registered Nurse working in a medical detox facility in Victoria, BC Canada. ============ Mrs D: Why would someone need a detox nurse? Susan: That is such an interesting question, one that I have heard many times over the years. Registered nurses are trained to clinically assess a patient for any potential […]

Ask An Expert: Jennifer (Peer Support Worker)

Tuesday 9 Jan, 2018, 12:00pm by Mrs D 1 comment

Today’s Ask An Expert is Jennifer, a peer support worker for the Salvation Army - part of the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court treatment team.  =============== Mrs D: How are you first put into contact with people who are struggling with addiction? Jennifer: When people are accepted into the Court I meet with them, sometimes […]

Ask An Expert: Sarah (GP)

Wednesday 22 Nov, 2017, 1:24pm by Mrs D 13 comments

These ‘Ask An Expert’ posts are interviews I’m carrying out with trained individuals who come into contact with people struggling with booze. The idea is to humanise and demystify the clinical/medical field for us all, to draw information from these kind and knowledgable people, and hopefully in some instances empower us to reach out more for the great help that is available […]

Ask An Expert: Warner (Peer Support Worker)

Wednesday 20 Sep, 2017, 8:59am by Mrs D 2 comments

Today’s expert is Warner, a Peer Support Worker at Christchurch Central Service. ========== Mrs D: What is the Christchurch Central Service? Warner: It’s an assessment, referral and resource service for people requiring help with alcohol and drug problems. Our service will complete a brief screening, usually over the phone and from there we are able […]

Ask An Expert: Selina (Addiction Clinician)

Sunday 3 Sep, 2017, 10:18am by Mrs D 1 comment

Today’s expert is Selina, an ACC counsellor and Addiction Clinician/Clinical Supervisor working in Private Practice in the Southland region. ======== Mrs D: How are you put in contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Selina: Through either self-referral or from agencies or businesses that wish to support their staff that are having issues with […]

Ask An Expert: Nicki (Alcohol Healthwatch)

Wednesday 31 May, 2017, 9:00am by Mrs D 9 comments

Today’s expert is Dr Nicki Jackson, the Executive Director of Alcohol Healthwatch – a charitable trust which promotes evidence-based policies and practice to reduce alcohol-related harm in Aotearoa New Zealand. ============== Mrs D: Alcohol Healthwatch is all about reducing alcohol-related harm in NZ, how bad is it right now? What are the latest trends in […]

Ask An Expert: Michelle (Addiction Clinician)

Monday 15 May, 2017, 2:06pm by Mrs D 2 comments

Today’s expert is Michelle, a Registered Nurse and Addiction Clinician working at Werry Workforce Wharaurau in Canterbury. ============= Mrs D: How are you usually put into contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Michelle: They’re usually referred from community services such as such as GP’s, the Alcohol Drug Helpline, schools, courts. Mrs D: What sort of […]

Ask An Expert: Anna (Narrative Therapist)

Friday 5 May, 2017, 10:50am by Mrs D 11 comments

Today’s expert is Anna – a Narrative Therapist and HypnoBirthing practitioner based in Christchurch. ========= Mrs D: What is your experience of working with people struggling with addiction? Anna: I was drawn to working in the addiction field when I began training as a counsellor. I’ve always believed that it’s a hefty problem in our culture, and […]