Tag Archives: Substance Abuse

Luxury Problems? Compared to What?

People who have been exposed to the world of AA & other 12-step programs will be familiar with these phrases. Let’s focus on the first one first. Frequently, someone who is relatively new to recovery will start talking about how … Continue reading

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Inhaling Alcohol

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/inhaling-alcohol-dangerous-trend-expert-says I’ve had this notification sitting in my inbox until I could get a moment to look at it. My first reaction is, “why bother?” People have been consuming alcohol for thousands of years, and for better or for worse, … Continue reading

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co-occurring disorders

Not so long ago, (and still today in some places) if you sought help for life problems and had both a mental illness and a substance addiction, you might be caught up in what one of my colleagues called “dueling disorders,” … Continue reading

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Psychedelics

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/19/213550995/study-finds-no-link-between-hallucinogens-and-mental-problems   I’m still getting caught up from being gone so much in August.   I thought it was interesting that a study didn’t find any links between hallucinogens– more properly called psychedelics because they mostly don’t cause hallucinations– and … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Therapy Tale

I recently attended a conference where one of the speakers was Dr. Daniel Amen. He is best known for his SPECT scan brain images.  For some info, check the following link: http://www.amenclinics.com/the-science/spect-gallery Some of you may be familiar with the … Continue reading

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Recovery Choices

In the last post, I gave my burning building scenario of choice, which applies to lots of situations in life. All choices basically boil down to one of three kinds: 1) choices among possible good outcomes– do I want my … Continue reading

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“I have no choice!”

How many times have I heard someone say that!  I used to work at a place where many came in saying they had no choice. They were court mandated to do a six month alcohol/drug treatment program. I used to … Continue reading

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