USEFUL LINKS

Everyone makes their own path to recovery. Here are some resources I’ve found helpful for self-education and supporting your recovery. It’s a frequently updated evolving list. If there is something that you would like me to review, get in touch via luke@lukevuphd.com.au.

Crisis support

If you are feeling suicidal or in crisis, don’t delay, just call:

  • Mental Health Line (24 Hour) – 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Or go to your nearest hospital, and present to emergency.

Apps

I really like this app, it’s a safety plan for when you are feel unsafe during a suicidal crisis or having suicidal thoughts.

  • Beyondnow App (iTunes and Google Play Store)

For apps that might help manage a tech/life balance, I recommend:

  • Onward App (iTunes and Google Play Store)

Videos

Who doesn’t love TED Talks and films that provoke thinking about recovery

  • Don Juan (2013) – reflection about porn addiction
  • Her (2013) – reflection about technology and life
  • Screenagers (2016)- reflection about growing up as a digital native
  • The Spell of Digital Immersion by Dr Huu Kim Le (TED Talk, link)
  • The Demise of Guys by Dr Phillip Zimbardo (TED Talk, link)

If you are struggling with Drug and Alcohol Issues

Substance abuse affects so many of us. If you are thinking about being getting connected with a publicly-funded drug and alcohol service please call the following.

  • Family Drug Support -1300 368 186
  • Drug and Alcohol Intake – South Eastern Sydney (02) 9332 8777

Struggling with pornography addiction

Overusing pornography is an emerging problem that I treat. From those who aren’t quite ready to start therapy or would like to take a D.I.Y approach to recovery, here are some of the resources I like.

First, I’d browse these websites for a little self-education and preparation to start recovery. There is some great information about neurological, physiological and psychological effects of long-term excessive porn use. These can range from erectile dysfunction, performance anxiety and strained intimate relationships. If you think your problems are pornography induced, then reducing your use or abstaining can have some benefits.

If you want to like a self-help book that will guide you step-by-step to overcoming excessive pornography use, then I like this one

  • Internet Pornography: Do-it-yourself treatment guide for men (Amazon link)

For the really curious, there’s a recent research paper documenting erectile dysfunction with excessive porn use.

  • Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports (2016) (link)

If you are struggling with general internet/technology addiction

I’m currently reviewing this one: Home Screen Zero http://homescreenzero.com/.

If you are struggling with gambling

Gambling is on the rise especially with online sports wagering and pokies. It’s also something that you might find difficult to talk to your GP about (or it doesn’t come up in the course of assessment). Below is a useful blog if you want to orient yourself to gambling therapy. There are some public services that you might find helpful. A special mention goes to the Gambling Treatment Clinic at USYD.

If you are struggling with gaming

Still to come, I’m currently reviewing this one: Game Quitters (https://gamequitters.com/)

Recommended reading for self-education, self-development and entertainment(!)

  • Irresistible by Adam Alter (Amazon link)
  • Man (dis)connected by Phillip Zimbardo (Amazon link)
  • 12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos by Jordan Peterson (Amazon link)
  • War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Recommended activities to help figure out how to reconnect.

In general, most clients have their own physical and social activities that they would love to do if addiction wasn’t a problem. If they don’t have any, I’m biased to encourage activities that are physical, social and that develop a skill. If you have physical injury or illness concerns, check with your GP before you start.

  • Boxing / Kickboxing
  • Dance Classes
  • Walking or Hiking in Nature
  • Brazillian Jiu Jitsu (Wikipedia)
  • Judo (Wikipedia)
  • Krav Maga (Wikipedia)
  • Swimming (Maroubra Beach)
  • Surfing (Maroubra Beach)
  • Gardening
  • Paintball
  • Weight training

Trusted Associates/Psychologists:

If I’m not able to help, I’ll connect you to someone that can. Here are some of my trusted colleagues, each with their own areas of interest and approaches.

  • Justin Hendriks (Schema therapy, Maroubra)
  • Justin Leung (Self-discovery and psychodynamic approach, Redfern)
  • Macy Chan (Mandarin and Cantonese speaking, North Sydney)


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Maroubra, NSW Sydney

luke@lukevuphd.com.au
(02) 9030-0301

If you’re not quite ready, visit my blog and you’ll get some helpful tips for managing your addictive habits, maintaining abstinence or controlled use.

Luke Vu is a registered psychologist practising in Maroubra Junction, supporting those who struggle with substance and online addictions. Call me or send me a message today.