If someone has an addiction, they are no longer able to ‘just stop’ drinking or taking drugs – addiction creates and results from changes in brain chemistry. It affects the part of the brain responsible for rewarding behaviours, causing surges in dopamine (the ‘feel good’ hormone).
The 'need' for substances overpowers all other considerations.
Your personal information (email address and phone number if you choose to share this) are entirely confidential, as are your conversations with me. The only written information kept about you will consist of any emails and/or text messages you send me. However, I am obliged to follow the guidelines below and will discuss with you the steps I might take if I think that you are at risk of seriously harming yourself or someone else.
1. Personally identifiable information about clients should normally be disclosed to others only with the valid informed consent of the person concerned (or their legal representatives) - and the boundaries and limits of confidentiality should be explained clearly before any service is provided.
2. Where a practitioner holds a sincere belief that a client poses a serious risk of harm to themselves or others, or where obliged by law, a practitioner may be required to disclose personally identifiable information without the client's consent. Before breaking confidentiality, however, practitioners should still seek to secure valid consent for disclosure from the person concerned and should consult with their supervisor or a senior colleague where this is not provided - except where the practitioner judges that any delay this might cause would present a significant risk to life or health, or place the practitioner in contravention of the law.
3. Information identifying clients must never be published (for example in an article or book), without their written agreement (or that of their legal representatives).
4. All reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that any records relating to clients are kept secure from unauthorised access and the requirements of the Data Protection Act should be complied with at all times.
FDAP Code of Practice: https://www.smmgp-fdap.org.uk/fdap-code-of-practice