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Addressing Drug-Induced Psychoses

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study II

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is a clinical case study compiled by Staff Psychologist Mirasol Laureta, under the supervision of the Clinical Department Manager.

Hector is a 38 year old male who was admitted in SELF in January 29, 2007 due to substance abuse, paranoia and hallucinations. He has been abusing shabu (methamphetamine), on and off for the last 10 years. In 2005 he was diagnosed with substance-induced psychosis at Cardinal Santos Hospital where he was prescribed Zyprexa. During his outpatient status, Hector did not take the medications that he was prescribed. […]

Integrating Dual-Diagnosed Clients

By |February 21st, 2010|

In 1993, when I first trained in the TC process, SELF was firm in implementing this policy of being a drug free community. This meant that treatment success was to be achieved not only without illegal drugs but also without administering any prescription drugs or psychiatric medication. We were fast to discharge any prospect whose profile presented any mental illness or other disorders. We were reluctant to admit clients who manifested any form of psychosis or personality disorder, fearful of disrupting the recovery process of the general drug dependent population. I was taught that residents under medication would not be able to internalize the TC process and arrive at the insights required to achieve recovery. […]

Key breakthroughs

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study I

EDITOR’S NOTE: In our last issue, we reported that SELF had begun to treat a number of dual diagnosed clients. Under the new development of combining clinical approaches with behavior therapy, SELF has been successful in addressing some of these challenges. The following article is a case study of a resident in this category.

Sam was admitted in SELF on March 7, 2005. Prior to this, he had been admitted to the psychiatric unit of Makati Medical Center on two separate occasions due to strong hallucinations. His parents took him to SELF due to alcohol abuse and a severe attitude problem. They suspected him of taking drugs but Sam never admitted this for many months to come. There was no medical abstract available at this time. He was under Olanzapine but it was reported that he was not taking it religiously. In addition to this, Sam was taking alcohol on a regular basis. […]

Importance of Family Intervention

By |February 20th, 2010|

By: Eileen Simbulan
Clinical Manager, SELF
November 2009

BARRY was admitted to SELF on July 12, 2008 at the age of 18 due to suspected mood disorder, an alcohol problem, and suicidal behavior. Barry had no background with any kind of drugs but his behavior was somewhat similar to that of a drug-dependent.

Six months prior to his admission, Barry was brought to the basement of The Medical City in Pasig for a week as he became violent and was displaying odd behaviors. He was given 75 mg. of Effexor (Venlafaxine) to be taken at bedtime.
Apparently, he responded with the said medications and was discharged a week after. After his discharge from the basement, however, his family didn’t see any progress as he started drinking hard liquor four times a week. He also showed manipulative behaviors and would threaten to kill himself if didn’t get what he wanted.

Turning Points and Milestones

By |February 20th, 2010|

By: Lea Tumbado
Program Manager, SELF
May 2008

Victor, a 23 year old male, was diagnosed to be both drug dependent and alcoholic. His drugs of choice were shabu and marijuana, but he had tried other drugs such as downers, cocaine, ecstasy, cough syrups, valiums and ketamine. He would also mix these drugs with beer or gin.

A child out of wedlock, Victor refused to have anything to do with his father. He grew up with his mother and 40-year-old brother. His family had long planned to put him in rehab but never had the courage to do so.

15 Years of Healing

By |February 15th, 2010|

IN all of its 15 years, this is the first time that SELF will combine two major affairs in one celebration. To celebrate our 15th year as a healing community, we saw it but fitting to hold our 13th Graduation Rites as a way of highlighting this important achievement. Gathered here today, we are all filled with excitement and hope. Excitement because we have worked so hard to conceive a program that would appropriately honor this milestone. Every member of the SELF Family is eagerly waiting to entertain you with a fabulous musical show they took so much time to prepare. And hope because we are once again going to send off to our society another batch of 18 trustworthy and God-fearing individuals imbued with a sense of mission towards humanity.

Showtime 2007

By |January 19th, 2010|

SELF celebrated its 15th anniversary in style with SHOWTIME, a musical variety show featuring selections from Broadway and Hollywood, thanks to the generous support of the SELF Family Association. With the incomparable director Fritz Ynfante at the helm, the show featuring numbers from Cabaret, Cats, Chicago, Footloose, Grease, Sing Sing, Sister Act, Sound of Music […]

Drug abuse

By |January 17th, 2010|

Drug abuse has a huge range of definitions related to taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. All of these definitions imply a negative judgement of the drug use in question (compare with the term responsible drug use for alternative views). Some of the drugs most often associated […]

Drug Addiction

By |January 15th, 2010|

Drug addiction is a pathological condition. The disorder of addiction involves the progression of acute drug use to the development of drug-seeking behavior, the vulnerability to relapse, and the decreased, slowed ability to respond to naturally rewarding stimuli. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) has categorized three stages of addiction: preoccupation/anticipation, binge/intoxication, and withdrawal/negative affect. These stages are characterized, respectively, everywhere by constant cravings and preoccupation with obtaining the substance; using more of the substance than necessary to experience the intoxicating effects; and experiencing tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, and decreased motivation for normal life activities. By the American Society of Addiction Medicine definition, drug addiction differs from drug dependence and drug tolerance.