‘An important aspect of my work is not to see any ailment in isolation, but rather consider the impact in a holistic manner,’ emphasises Dr Farrukh Alam – a renowned psychiatrist (with specialist expertise in the treatment of addictive, anxiety and depressive disorders), medical director of Addcounsel and clinical adviser to many professional bodies.
Alam has worked in the field of addiction recovery for 25 years, offering bespoke, evidence-based treatment, working collaboratively with a team of specialists. The approach is comprehensive assessment (to fully understand physical, psychological and social need), followed by a select team of specialists delivering a tailor-made treatment plan, with the aim of achieving long-term recovery. He has been published widely in the academic press, as well as making multiple presentations on developments in the effective treatment of addictive disorder.
When working with HNW patients, his emphasis is not on their material success, but rather their physical, psychological and spiritual health. ‘There has been great emphasis on the conversation regarding what is wealth,’ he explains. ‘We are discussing the increasing need to look at social, human and cultural capital – not just financial.’ Every wealthy individual, insists Alam, needs to have robust plans around managing crisis arising from mental health issues, especially when they have a disparate and global family background.
The most triumphant moment in 2019 for Alam was the revival of the pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) led by Hall Brown solicitors. The court, which was designed to help prevent the children of parents addicted to drugs or alcohol from being taken into care, had previously been closed due to lack of government funding. A new national private partnership, proudly backed by Addcounsel, was established to support and extend the FDAC model across the family justice system.
The firm’s USP is its ability to orchestrate ‘discreet one-to-one solutions’, from almost anywhere in the world. Dr Alam has expanded the firm’s services to include the physical, mental and spiritual health programme Behavioural Wealth and the launch of OneDetox a highly specialised withdrawal management programme for drugs and alcohol.
Work almost never stops for this dedicated adviser. He reveals that it is not unusual for him to spend his weekends ‘supporting another family through a crisis’. His heroes are those who work ‘tirelessly to discover/recover their zest for life’. ‘There are many of these people out there,’ he says, with calm optimism.