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. […]

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. […]

Importance of Family Intervention

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study V

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 psychiatric unit of The Medical City Hospital for a week as he was becoming violent and was displaying odd behaviors. He was given 75 mg. of Effexor (Venlafaxine) to be taken at bedtime. […]

Inducing a key breakthrough

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study IV

Ruel was admitted to SELF on September 15, 2007 at the age of 24 due to substance abuse, paranoia and hallucinations. He had been abusing methamphetamines on and off for the last eight years. Two weeks prior to his admission, Ruel had asked for his father’s help as he could no longer cope with paranoid delusions that a camera was filming him around the clock. In response, his father immediately brought him to The Medical City hospital. There, Ruel was diagnosed with psychosis secondary to methamphetamine dependence. He was prescribed Zyprexa, and shortly before his transfer to SELF, it was discontinued.
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Turning Points and Milestones

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study III

Victor is a 23 year old male who was diagnosed to be both drug and alcohol dependent. His drugs of choice were shabu (methamphetamine) 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.
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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.
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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.
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