A Counsellor’s Story – treating addiction in prison, Part 2

Toni says: Here’s Part 2 of Alex Baldock’s piece about the work he does in HMP X, his insights and reflections about his growth as a counsellor in response to the experience:

The cycles of change being what they are, the popularity of the 12 Step approach didn’t last and I returned to the CBT based treatment.  In ten years little has changed in this area.  The names change of the courses that are offered, but the content remains markedly similar.  For a long time I was really frustrated by this.  I felt like it was Groundhog Day, churning out the same stuff.  I accept that this was my issue, but for a while I was quite angry about it.  How can it have not changed in that time?  Is this the best we can do?