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Ask An Expert

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Ask An Expert: Rebecca (Addiction Clinician)

Sunday 25 Sep, 2016, 2:07pm by Mrs D 9 comments

Today’s expert is Rebecca, an Addiction Clinician working at the Nelson Addiction Service inside the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. =========== Mrs D: How are you put in contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Rebecca: People are referred to our service from a number of different places. Some self-refer, some from the Emergency […]

Ask An Expert: Noelle (Yoga Instructor)

Sunday 4 Sep, 2016, 5:06pm by Mrs D 1 comment

This Ask An Expert comes from Noelle Rodriguez, the founder of LiFE, a yoga, music and art studio in the Philippines. ======== Yoga in your road to recovery The road to recovery from any addiction may be a hard and tiring journey, but, thanks to the people who go through the same thing, more and […]

Ask An Expert: Susan (detox nurse)

Wednesday 31 Aug, 2016, 5:40am by Mrs D 13 comments

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: Gail (Group Facilitator)

Wednesday 17 Aug, 2016, 9:45am by Mrs D 19 comments

Today’s “expert” is Gail, a 50- year-old Group Facilitator living in Westport. I’ve put “expert” in inverted commas here because Gail is a little different from the others featured in this series in that she herself is fairly new to sobriety (2 1/2 years) and doesn’t have any formal training in addiction therapy, practices or treatments. However, […]

Ask An Expert: Steph (Addiction Nurse)

Wednesday 27 Jul, 2016, 9:30am by Mrs D 8 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: Bernie (Addiction Nurse)

Thursday 23 Jun, 2016, 8:13am by Mrs D 5 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 […]

Ask An Expert: Stephanie (Addiction Service GM)

Sunday 12 Jun, 2016, 9:50am by Mrs D 3 comments

Today’s expert is Stephanie, General Manager of LINC Support Services  (which covers mental health and addiction) based in Tauranga.  ============= Mrs D: How do you come into contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Stephanie: People with mental health and addiction issues are referred to us by the DHB for treatment, because it’s been recognised that […]

Ask An Expert: Caleb (psychiatrist)

Wednesday 1 Jun, 2016, 1:59pm by Mrs D 3 comments

Today’s expert is Caleb, a psychiatrist working for Nelson Marlborough Health. =============== Mrs D: How do you come into contact with people who have a problem with alcohol? Caleb: People can self refer to our service, or be referred by their GP or another health professional within the hospital. I usually see people who have […]

Ask An Expert: Steph (Detox Nurse)

Wednesday 11 May, 2016, 9:15am by Mrs D 1 comment

These ‘Ask An Expert’ posts are interviews I’m carrying out with trained individuals who come into contact with people struggling with alcohol. 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 […]

Ask An Expert: Suzy (Consumer Project Lead)

Wednesday 20 Apr, 2016, 8:51pm by Mrs D 5 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 […]