Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering

On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge.Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong. Read more

Phillip Seymour Hoffman did not have choice or free will and neither do you.

In the wake of the tragic loss of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, a great artist, partner, father, brother, and son, I offer the following facts about the neurological disease of addiction.

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Russell Brand: my life without drugs

Russell Brand has not used drugs for 10 years. He has a job, a house, a cat, good friends. But temptation is never far away. He wants to help other addicts, but first he wants us to feel compassion for those affected.

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Hope is what excites me

“I came into this course with a rudimentary knowledge of Coaching from an 8-month Eating Psychology Coaching online course around nourishment, and little practical experience. I was not sure what to expect, particularly given my own recovery experience through AA. What drew me to Coaching was the inherent premise that , in the wellness universe, we are all whole and unbroken and that we have the ability to solve our issues if we only dared to explore our own thoughts. I was also attracted by my own belief that there must other be ways to help people in the different stages of addiction than those centered on the debate of “are you and addict or not”? Recovery Coaching seemed to offer that possibility.

The Recovery Coach training has given me a firm grounding in Coaching: the theory and practice and provides an excellent springboard into the world of the Integral Coach which is where I would like to go. I love the idea of the Co-Active coaching model, the power of open questions and limiting assumptions, and the fact that our greatest skills as a coach lie in our ability to listen. I come from a profession that likes to shout first and shout again later: coaching has introduced me to the power of silence. It is so easy feel the need to interrupt, put words in the mouths of others and try and look smart by projecting one’s will at all opportunities.  The Co-Active Model of Intervention suggests that our role as Recovery Coaches operates both in the culture of addiction and through the other side into a culture of recovery. This hope is what excites me: that we don’t have to hit rock bottom, and that there is help on the other side. I suspect it was this philosophy that challenged my thinking most after the very first session.”

 – Thoby Solheim 

Excited and thrilled to be on this journey

“I am intrigued and inspired by the concept of coaching, as an addition to counseling and therapy, especially in the recovery world. I am excited and thrilled to be on this journey, and thankful that I have found this path to a new way of helping people, and to help this world become a better place, one client at a time. ”

– Tako Seelemann

A profound learning experience

“Doing this coaching course has been a profound learning experience for me. Certainly the course material and modules were inspiring but also the learning on a personal level has been rewarding.

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South Africa’s craze for heroin-marijuana cocktail

U-ACT is featured in a BBC Special Report highlighting the issue of Nyaope, a low-grade heroin mixed with other ingredients, and devasting effects it is having on South Africa’s youth. Read more

Student Testimonials


“The whole experience has been incredibly transformative on so many levels of my life. My own interpretation of my addiction and past traumatic experiences has undergone a huge shift in awareness, especially regarding my own belief systems. The best way of describing it would be a rebirth of my reality and consciousness.

I am now able to go into my immediate community and offer a new way of dealing with differences in society. I am able to help facilitate awareness within the gay and especially the gay HIV positive community, as coaching is incredible goal and action orientated, thus creating a vision of the future. Through coaching the client moves past the social discrimination and stigma and into a healthy belief system which supports themselves and the community at large.

The process I have undergone through this course has enabled me to dream for a better future and believe that it is possible! I believe that coaching is the future of treatment for addiction and various other problems facing society.”

Johan Potgieter

“I absolutely love the course! The best part of the course for me was not only the practical experience that supports the theory and the real life examples, but the environment that is conducive to learning without fear – its that supportive, encouraging and life changing!

A few weeks later and I am a witness to beautiful changes in my own life that also has an impact towards people around me. When I experience those moments, I know with absolute certainty – that’s what I learnt as a result of attending that course! It has opened a whole new world for me, even as a vocation!”

Michael Reid


“From my own personal experience I came into the course with the belief that recovery coaching works. Having completed the 3 modules I now understand the theory behind how and why it works. I learned a lot about coaching, the brain, people, behavior, addiction and recovery. I have learned some fantastic tools that I am practicing in coaching and in my life. I learned a lot about myself and feel expanded.

The course is fascinating. The learning experience is intimate and authentic. David and Lila are enigmatic & wise teachers with great knowledge and expertise to impart.”

Katherine Farrell, Discovery Health


“I warmly commend the SHARP course in coaching to anyone interested in helping people with personal problems whatever the nature of their interest. I attended the course for reasons of both personal development and in order to form a view on whether this kind of coaching might have an important role to play in helping people with problems related to excessive gambling. I got a great deal out of it personally and came away fully persuaded that this approach to helping people has a major role to play in all forms of therapy and counselling as well as constituting a stand-alone strategy for directly and dramatically helping people with many different types of problem. This may range from those related to recovering from an addiction or other behavioural disorder to those encountered in ordinary personal relationships and working life. Particularly impressive aspects of the course are: its emphasis on encouraging clients to themselves identify the solutions to their problems in the course of conversational relationships amongst equals; its highly imaginative use of metaphors of many different kinds in order to generate insight into characterological dispositions; its selective but non-dogmatic use of multiple theories; and – perhaps most important of all – its emphasis on utterly honest commitment to, and care for the real well-being of clients.”

Prof Peter Collins, Executive Director South African

National Responsible Gambling Foundation.