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A personal commitment to recovery

By |November 15th, 2013|

James was admitted to SELF on August 8, 2007 at the age of 33 years old due to methamphetamine dependence. He had started taking drugs at the age of 16 years old.

About eight years prior to his admission, James was brought to the Makati Medical Center for detoxification and for his diabetes which he inherited from his late father. He stayed for three weeks and from there went straight to a 60-day rehab program. After that James stayed sober but only for a short period of time. […]

Take Care of Today

By |August 10th, 2010|

IT was in November of last year that I set out from SELF to pursue my education in Communication Arts at the University of De La Salle Canlubang, the school I had attended before being admitted to SELF. It was both an exciting and daunting step for my recovery. The prospect of going back to my old stomping ground stirred up all kinds of emotions and thoughts. […]

A First Ever Happy Family Dialogue

By |August 10th, 2010|

AFTER our son’s entry into the SELF program in October 2009, we have met with him twice. The first was for a Family Encounter on May 17, and the second for our 1st Family Dialogue on June 23.


Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

By |August 10th, 2010|

In 2005 Jay was an active member of the Family Association (FAM)as the guardian of his eldest brother, a dual diagnosed resident at SELF. Three years later, on January 18, 2008, Jay was admitted for drug abuse and excessive gambling, joining his brother in the facility. […]

Coping With Unexpected Growth

By |August 10th, 2010|

FOR several years now SELF has been satisfied, even happy, with one or two admissions every month. This has given rise to a continuing challenge to provide high quality service within a really tight budget.
Well, since the second half of 2009 and continuing into 2010 SELF has finally experienced a turnaround. Admissions have flown off the charts and we have surpassed all our targets. The phones have not stopped ringing as inquiries about our treatment program have been coming in at a rate we have never experienced before. […]

Life can be a whopper of a ride!

By |February 26th, 2010|

Have you ever felt the desire to say “Stop! I want to get off!” when riding a roller coaster? Of course you never say it out loud because: first, it would be foolish (no one ever gets off the roller coaster); second, it would be too embarrassing (after all, no one forced you to ride).

Life can be a roller coaster ride, and sometimes it is a whopper of a ride! I had been on this up and down ride for many years … ever since my son started to take drugs. I was coasting pretty well when it all began, thinking the ride was a bit bumpy at times, but pretty bearable. Of course I was going to get off at some point and the ride was going to be over … Well not quite.

Three Pillars of Success in Recovery

By |February 21st, 2010|

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is a paper Martin presented at the Plenary Scientific Session entitled From Sobriety to Success at the 3rd Asian Recovery Symposium held at Taal View Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines on November 4-6, 2008

Over the last two decades, much has been discussed about how to make treatment programs a more effective tool in getting drug dependents to reach their goal of sobriety. Programs have been developed and redeveloped over the years and, in some cases, new and unique forms of intervention have also been added to improve the delivery of rehab services worldwide. It has been my privilege to be a part of some of these developments and an honor to have worked closely with many experts in this field. […]

TC Challenges in the New Millennium

By |February 21st, 2010|


President, SELF

December 2006

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of the paper Martin presented at the 23rd World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) conference held in New York on September 1-5, 2006. It discusses the challenges TC’s face regarding the preservation of Professional Integrity in the work place. Martin is the Vice-Chairman of the Standards & Goals Committee of the WFTC Executive Council.

Professional Integrity

…In today’s world of drug rehabilitation and treatment, there exist numerous modes of intervention that have been developed over time and have provided hope to thousands of drug users worldwide. Perhaps the most important challenge that centers face is how to sustain professional integrity in the administration of their rehab program. […]

Spotting drug addiction in the family

By |February 21st, 2010|

As with a number of other juvenile problems, family members are usually the last to know that a son, daughter, or sibling is hooked on drugs. Young people experimenting with prohibited substances will always attempt to hide such activities, and parents often find out about them only by accident, like when a youngster fails random drug testing at school and they get informed about it. […]

Systems That Check Systems

By |February 21st, 2010|

How to prevent your TC from falling apart

It just dawned on me the other day that this coming June, I will have achieved 17 solid years of sobriety. With all these years spent in Therapeutic Community (TC) development, I felt it was time that I contributed some of my experience towards the cause of the TC. This article is dedicated to all my colleagues who are either starting a TC program or have been running one for some time now. I hope that you will be able to relate to some of my experiences and I trust that it will help validate your noble endeavors. […]