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First Person



Interview with Clinic Manager Geraldine Darby and Lead Therapist Matthew Idle

What is Villa Paradiso? Villa Paradiso is a residential treatment centre specialising in providing treatment for addictions and trauma. Our experienced team offers effective addiction treatment in a very private, discreet and rejuvenating environment. We don’t publicly reveal the full address for confidentiality reasons, but we can say it is nestled in the stunning Andalucian mountains between Málaga and Marbella, overlooking the southern Spain coastline. What services/treatments does Villa Paradiso offer? At the heart of what we offer is understanding – an understanding of your needs, problems and how to help you overcome addiction, whether that be from drugs, alcohol or any other type of addiction. Villa Paradiso is not a clinic with set medical procedures but a place of peace and rejuvenation that is run by a highly experienced, skilled and dedicated team of people who know their stuff. We are the most experienced drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Spain. Many years of experience and exceptional results confirm that our addiction treatment works. Is it only about treatment and support? Not at all... In addition to the highest standards of professional treatment and personal support, we include a range of optional activities to help re-focus mind, body and soul. All of these elements come together with highly effec-

tive psychotherapy to break the shackles and allow people to live free of addiction. Activities during a client’s stay are not only fun, but they also help to strengthen and heal, along with healthy meals that we guarantee will satisfy even the more demanding taste buds. How can you tell if someone has an addiction? Matthew Idle: It’s all about behaviour changes and how someone acts. You can watch the changes in personality and at times physical appearance... lots of denial around being addicted and defending their behaviours as normal or everyone else’s thoughts. I always say they are so sick they don’t even know they are sick. People with addictions and behavioural conditions are no different to anyone else. The only difference is that they have come to believe that they can’t overcome their problems or issues, and this can lead them to become dependent upon substances that can cause depression and/or lead to severe anxiety issues. How do you deal with this dependency? The staff help with the physical aspect of a person’s addiction or problem. They will support you with what is really at the heart of taking control of your life again and help you work towards reversing the “sense of defeat”. They will assist you on your journey, helping you to reclaim the confidence and belief that “you can face your demons and overcome them”.


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Home & Lifestyle Magazine 60  

Home & Lifestyle Magazine, issue 60, November & December 2018

Home & Lifestyle Magazine 60  

Home & Lifestyle Magazine, issue 60, November & December 2018