Meet Sarah Graham – addictions therapist
Before going to rehab and getting clean on 12.12.01, Sarah had a career in media.
But after 20 years of drinking and drugging, Sarah’s “functioning addiction” nearly killed her. Through doing 8 months rehab and having to unpack her whole life making radical changes to get well Sarah really does understand what it is like to have low self-worth- to feel totally defeated and to have lost all hope.
She feels very lucky to have had the best treatment with great counsellors and has rebuilt a fantastic life One Day At A Time. Her passion for recovery is powerful and she wants everyone to have the chance to achieve their full potential.
In recovery she has become an experienced counsellor, auricular acupuncturist, drugs and addictions therapist. Here’s how..
After completing her Foundation in Person Centre Counselling at East Surrey College, Sarah was asked to join Priory Healthcare. They gave her the opportunity to work in groups- both client and family groups- and one-to-one at two of their best residential rehabs- in both primary and secondary treatment environments.
Sarah combined working alongside world-class therapeutic teams in Surrey with her classroom study at the Priory Hospital Bristol. She was awarded the Priory Professional Addiction Therapy Diploma and moved on to the charity In-volve to help set up Respond, their joint adult service, with the NHS. She worked as a both a counsellor and nationally as In-volve’s Senior Consultant, Communications and Media.
Sarah pioneered a very successful holistic stimulant drugs service and this work led to being asked to sit on the ACPO Precursors Working Group (to prevent crystal meth taking hold). In 2009, she gave evidence on cocaine use and her holistic treatment model to MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee Investigation into the cocaine trade [watch].
She has always enjoyed working with young people and did a year of outreach in parks before counselling teenagers in schools.
Sarah Graham is recognised as being a leading authority on substance misuse by children and young adults and is an expert commentator for Frank (UK gov drugs information service). Helping Frank communicate with one of the toughest, most demanding audiences of all- teenagers. in 2011, Sarah was apppointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD].
She is committed to on-going personal development and building relationships with the best therapists and treatment providers in the world.
Sarah is seeking to constantly improve our knowledge and treatment methods and has attended training with the best people in their fields: Ken Seeley and John Southworth for intervention work, USA nutrition and sugar sensitivity expert Kathleen DesMaisons and leading LGBTQQi therapist Joe Amico.
Sarah launched Sarah Graham Solutions in May 2009, to deliver counselling, complementary therapy, education and training to individuals, families, groups and corporations. Constantly innovating and striving for the best outcomes- for the diverse populations we work with.
Sarah undertook experiential learning of trauma work and the latest neuro-feedback brain training treatments, at The Refuge, in the USA, in 2010/2011 and is pioneering bringing these exciting tools to the UK.
Sarah is passionate about opening a new teen rehab in the UK (the ONE we had shut in 2010). Please help us – watch this trailer.
Sarah is writing a book about recovery and has some very interesting media projects in the pipeline for 2011.
Sarah Graham Solutions mission statement is to positively influence the lives of 10,000,000 people. (10 million is a fraction of the global population affected by alcohol, drugs, and other addictions). But it’s a start!
For more details about booking Sarah Graham as a speaker or for media projects visit Jo Wander Management