George interview

George Patriki has over 7 years lived experience as an ex-addict himself and spent over 10 years accessing various treatment and recovery programs to work through the underlying issues. Soon after exiting the drug culture in 1983, George began reaching out to people with substance abuse issues and has 27 years of clinical experience as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor.

Since 1992, he has developed this commitment into a full time vocation and career as a Dual Diagnosis Consultant on the Gold Coast and throughout Australia. George has spent countless hours helping thousands of people affected by drug & alcohol issues as well as concurrent mental health concerns.

George is committed to reaching out to people struggling with addictive behaviours, particularly those with severe life controlling problems due to significant trauma. He works in areas of court advocacy, counselling, outreach, running community forums, seminars and recovery groups for drug users (including dual & multiple diagnosis) and their loved ones.

George has been delivering training in Dual Diagnosis since 2002. Since then, he has 18 years of experience as an educator to Government and Non-Government organisations in Australia and in 94 countries worldwide through his online Dual Diagnosis Training ( This training equips workers to be able to deliver brief and early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as advanced psychotherapeutic skills. He has also developed an Anger Management Program ( that is delivered live and online.

George’s areas of specialty include:

  • Psycho-Dynamic & Trauma Model Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Brief and Early Intervention

Qualifications include:

  • Diploma in AOD (Alcohol & Other Drugs)
  • Diploma in Mental Health
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Comorbidity (AOD & Mental Health)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health: Addiction Studies
  • Certificate IV T.A.A. (Training And Assessment)
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Community Welfare
  • Certificate IV in Community Development
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

George has Accreditation with Victorian Department of Human Services as a Clinical Drug Assessor. He also conducts basic & advanced training in drug & alcohol and mental health issues and delivers RPL assessment, training & upskilling in Certificate IV and Diploma in Community Services. He also offers clinical supervision for individuals & organisations and lectures in tertiary institutions, government and non-government organisations. George is also accredited with VicRoads in Victoria, Australia as a Clinical Supervisor for agencies that deliver Drink and Drunk Driver Behaviour Change Programs.

This website outlines training and resources.

Private Recovery & Healing Retreat 

for substance abuse is available at;

Gold Coast Addiction & Treatment Rehab 


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Corner of Monaco St & Gold Coast Hwy Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Gold Coast.
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    Please note that from 1 January 2021, all prices below now include GST.

    Dual Diagnosis Training is reduced from $390 (ex GST) to $195 (ex GST) = 50% off.

    Total cost Dual Diagnosis Training is $195 (+ 10% GST) = $214.50

    Discounts available to online group bookings of 10 or more.

    This Advanced Drug & Alcohol Training in Substance Abuse and Mental Health is also tax deductible as a work related expense and enables people to maintain professional development and upskilling.

    Cost of Clinical Supervision is $90 (+ 10% GST) = $99

    Clinical supervision is also tax deductible as a work related expense and enables people to maintain professional development and upskilling.

    Cost of Drug Diversions is $135 (+ 10% GST) = $148.50

    Cost of Chemically Speaking Two is $45 (+ 10% GST) = $49.50

    Cost of Clinical Drug Assessments is $185 (+ 10% GST) = $203.50

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