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BEING READY, WILLING, AND ABLE FOR CHANGE

BEING READY, WILLING, AND ABLE FOR CHANGE
People change when they are ready, willing, and able. We know this because of exciting scientific data backing up this worn cliché. In the 1970s, Rhode Island University researchers James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente developed the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model. They were studying ways to help people quit smoking and discovered a technique that went beyond smoking...

The Fire Extinguisher Relapse Prevention Technique

The Fire Extinguisher Relapse Prevention Technique
In my 30 years of working with addiction in various levels of care and treatment modalities, I have seen clients who continually relapse even after numerous treatment attempts and continually fail to maintain their sobriety.  It just seemed that there was something missing, something that caused this to happen repeatedly. There was a perpetual pattern of relapse that occurred even...

MUSIC THERAPY IN ADDICTIONS TREATMENT

recovering woman singing
I sit in a small, unadorned room with ten other women—all residents of an addictions treatment facility in Dayton, Ohio. Samia’s hands rest casually on the tubano drum, positioned on the floor in front of her. “This is how I feel right here, right now,” she states assuredly. Then, making a fist, she forcefully pounds the drumhead once, twice,...

When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts
Let’s face it, not all adult children are dysfunctional, any more than all parents are enablers. Many adult children have been raised to have deep respect for their parents and themselves. For these children, the thought of taking advantage of anyone, let alone the parents who raised them, is abhorrent. Let’s call these children functioning adult children. However, for many...

ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS RISING, ESPECIALLY AMONG WOMEN

A recent study has found that the rate of alcohol use-related deaths in the U.S. has increased by more than 50% in the past 20 years. According to R. Kathryn McHugh, PhD, a psychologist in McLean Hospital’s Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, this troubling trend has gone largely unnoticed by the general public. “This is something that...

CODEPENDENCY: IT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK (PART II)

CODEPENDENCY: IT MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK (PART II)
Healing from codependency is a process that takes practicing new behaviors. In this month’s article, Part II of “Codependency: It May Not Be What You Think,” I’m sharing some of the ways you can begin to move down the scale of codependency. All healing starts with awareness and is accomplished by a change in behavior. Some suggestions of behavior...

TOO MANY MOMS MOURNING

Music Therapy in Addictions Treatment
In the middle of the dual crisis of COVID-19 and opioid overdose, the systemic racism of our criminal justice system raised its ugly head with the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, after a long line of violent and unjust law enforcement incidents. To remain silent was simply no longer an option, so people have taken to...

LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION

LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION
As a species, human beings are socially driven. Unlike the wolverine who has been described as the “ultimate loner,” we were not designed to be loners or isolated from other human beings. For this reason, the pandemic has created a whole new perspective on life. It is because of the pandemic that we are being forced to experience social...

Sno Babies – Better Noise Films first trailer to Bridget Smith’s feature film

Sno Babies - Better Noise Films first trailer to Bridget Smith’s feature film
Better Noise Films has released the first trailer to Bridget Smith’s feature film SNO BABIES. The film, produced by Allen Kovac, Mike Walsh and Michael Lombardi, stars Katie Kelly (Game of Silence), Paola Andino (Queen of the South), Michael Lombardi (Rescue Me) and Shannan Wilson ( A Place in Hell) SNO BABIES will be available on On-Demand & Digital...

A ROCKY ROAD TO JOY

I was filthy and smelled horrible. I caught wind of myself occasionally and was repulsed. I was destitute and ashamed. I was living on an apartment building roof top in Manhattan Beach, California. I only climbed down to obtain/steal some more vodka. I was drinking about a quart and a half a day. Although the days were warm that...