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  • SMART Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction – Articles and Essays
    • SMART Recovery is a global community of people and families working together to resolve addictive problems. Their ‘articles’ section provides useful resources relating to addiction and recovery
  • Aġenzija Sedqa Malta
    • Founded on the 26th June 1994, Aġenzija Sedqa is one of Malta’s agencies against drug and alcohol abuse. The agency aims to provide a multitude of multi-disciplinary services related to substance and behaviour addictions such as prevention services, community-based rehabilitation programmes, residential rehabilitation services, therapeutic services, inpatient and outpatient medical services and also an opiate substitution treatment.
  • Caritas Malta
    • Caritas Malta was founded on the 11th of November 1968 with a mission to alleviate poverty and promote human development and social justice, witnessing to the Christian faith and Gospel values. Fondazzjoni Caritas Malta offers a variety of services to help those people who are in need from young people to the elderly. Caritas, as the Foundation for the rehabilitation of drug abusers offers services such as: social work, therapy & counselling, community-based services, residential services, and support groups. This umbrella organisation focuses on issues of poverty, loneliness, mental health, depression, separation and Huntington’s amongst other services.


  • TED Talk: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Johann Hari (2015)
    • What really causes addiction? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail first hand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.


  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts | Gabor Maté (2008)
    • Based on Gabor Maté’s decades of experience as a doctor and his groundbreaking work with addiction, he presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviours) of addiction. Dr Maté presents a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness.
  • Integral Recovery | John Dupuy (2013)
    • This book is for everyone who is suffering from the disease of addiction or who cares about someone who is: for addicts, their families and friends, and their health care providers. It is for those who are currently in recovery and looking for a way to shift their recovery- becoming the absolute best version of themselves, from mere recovery to Integral Recovery. It brings latest knowledge, techniques and neurotechnologies in addiction treatment modalities in order to ensure a more holistic and lasting recovery. Integral Recovery teaches life-changing practices that initiate the addict on a journey of healing, transformation, and awakening, offering the possibility of a lifetime of health, joy, and sobriety.


  • Addiction | Society for the Study of Addiction
    • Addiction publishes peer-reviewed research reports on pharmalogical and behavioural addictions, bringing together research conducted within many different disciplines. The publication is an official journal of the Society for the Study of Addiction, and has been in publication since 1884.

Therapists specialising in Addiction

Zvetlana Cassar


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Michael Said


Trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist
Mel McElhatton


Gestalt Psychotherapist & Social Worker
Maria Mifsud


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Katie Mintoff


Gestalt Psychotherapist
Jessica Grech Parnis


Forensic Psychology Practitioner
Esther Zammit


Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Dario Debono


Trainee Psychotherapist & Youth Worker
Daniel Abela


Claire Camilleri


Forensic Psychologist & Gestalt Psychotherapist

Resources about Addiction

Kicking the habit

Written by Giulia Bertone
Every habit and capability is confirmed and grows in its corresponding actions; walking by walking, running by running… therefore, if you want to do something, make a habit of it. If you don’t want to do something, don’t, but make a habit of something else instead. Epictetus Habits have been the subject of discussion since the age of ancient Greek philosophers, as most of us have vice…

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Developing a healthy relationship with alcohol

Written by Danjela Falzon
For many of us, drinking alcohol is a central part of meet-ups with friends, co-workers and family. Not only does it act as a gesture when we offer someone a drink, but the effect of alcohol can help us ease us into social situations, create bonds and let go of the stresses of the day. Many companies nowadays have ‘Beer Fridays’ or similar get-togethers to reward staff for a week of work, boos…

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Written by Danjela Falzon
When I first met Janet, it was to support her through what she described to me on the phone as burnout. I soon discovered that Janet was a stay-at-home mother to a 21 year old and married to an emotionally abusive man who was addicted to gambling. As her story unravelled, I learned that Janet’s daughter and husband were so dependent on her for support that they called her from work multiple time…

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Children breaking free from the chains of crime and addiction

Written by Maria Mifsud
I don’t want to become an addict or a criminal As long as people have told stories to one another, there have always been tales of people who have managed to survive difficulties and succeed in life. Fairytales, biblical stories and traditional folktales all depict themes of struggle, transformation, persistence and success in the face of adversity. So, what I would recommend is to ima…

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Binge-watching: how your brain functions during a TV-series marathon

Written by Giulia Bertone
Binge-watching is defined as the act of watching multiple episodes of a TV series in succession, usually spending at least 2 hours engaged in a show. This is a very common activity, especially in the case of, though not reserved to, younger populations. Following a TV series of our liking is seen as being a pretty harmless recreational activity due to the fact that it is cost-free, can be done …

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