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. […]

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. […]

Championing Sobriety

By |February 21st, 2010|

From Self-awareness to Self-actualization

The SELF Foundation turns 17 this year and as I look back on “the old days” I see that we’ve come a long way since we began this crusade of providing substance dependents a new lease on life. I remember how much of an achievement it already was then just being able to convince cynical and untrusting individuals to give the rehab program a chance at helping them regain sobriety. Those days, there was no talk of major life accomplishments. We simply counted the days, weeks, and months that we kept sober. […]

10 Ways To Keep Your Recovery Alive

By |February 21st, 2010|

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the paper Martin presented at the 4th Asian Recovery Symposium for the Con­­current Workshop IV: Recovery Tools held at the Legend Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 10, 2009.

Some people in recovery think that it is enough to simply be sober. But is it really enough to simply maintain abstinence for many years? There are recovering dependents who attain sobriety but whose quality of life is that of a “dry drunk”. These are former druggies or alcoholics who go through the grieving process of losing their substance dependence but never get past the anger stage. […]

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.