Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling

Drug and alcohol problems include abuse, binging, dependence (e.g. being an “alcoholic”), and problems with cravings and relapses. Some drug users may be on drug replacement therapies such as methadone or buprenorphine, and smokers may be on nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. Nicorette).
Gamblers experience similar range of behaviors from occasional binges to daily gamblers, with similar cravings and relapse problems to drug users.
At PsychSessions we take a harm minimization approach design to minimize harms to the client and others, while striving to help build the clients motivation to change their abuse, dependence and/or addiction to whatever goal is reasonable for the client. For many, abstinence from drugs, alcohol and/or gambling may be the best goal, or the only realistic goal. For others, control use of the drug/gambling may be an acceptable and realistic goal. We used evidence-based psychological therapist such as Motivation Interviewing, Cognitive  Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to bring about the best outcomes possible for the client. Where necessary this is done in consultation with a GP and/or psychiatrists if medical intervention is required, and/or other professional services.

Dr John Brown

PhD(Clin.Psych), MAPS, MCCLIN

Director, Principal Clinical Psychologist

PhD thesis: The pattern of memory and perceptual dysfunctions in recreational ecstasy users 

Dr John Brown  completed his training in clinical psychology at The Australian National University (ANU) as part of a PhD (Clinical Psychology) degree. This training focused on developing his proficiency in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) used in the treatment of depression, anxiety and eating disorders, as well as Motivational Interviewing used for helping people to overcome addiction, impulse control, and non-compliance problems. John also has an interest in the drug-free treatment of sleeping problems. As part of his ongoing efforts to expand his knowledge and clinical skills, he later undertook additional training in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), which has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression related to interpersonal problems. In addition to clinical practice, John conducts research at the ANU regarding the long-term effects of recreational drugs on brain functioning.