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CREATING POSITIVE CHANGE

Many people live their lives in a state of predictable boredom. There is little spontaneity, little excitement, and little reward. Nothing changes. Everything remains the same. The common complaint of the ‘same old, same old’ reflects a mantra espousing the drudgery and ennui of daily existence. Choosing to live a lifetime of boredom is a seriously flawed and non-productive option....

FEEDING THE RECOVERING BRAIN FOR HOLIDAY SERENITY

It is our brain’s job to allow us to cope with stress gracefully, but to do that, it needs to be fed optimally! How can we optimally feed our brains this holiday season so that we can fi nd and maintain joy, serenity, and sobriety success? The holidays can trigger us in many ways. The co-dependent people-pleaser in all of...

THE MARCHMAN ACT HELPS SAVE LIVES OF SUBSTANCE IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS

“Neither the individual nor the family need be residents of Florida to use the Marchman Act. Many clients are out of state families who suggest a visit to Florida to their loved one. Once in Florida, the family or friend can file the Marchman Act papers and the Court can enter an order.” In Florida, the Marchman Act is a...

LIVING BEYOND – HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ADDICTION: THE EGREGIOUS EXPLOITATION OF OTHERS

There is a reason fairy tales most commonly end with happy endings. It is because nobody wants to face the realization of human depravity. The story would no longer be a “fairy tale” but rather a “nightmare”. It would no longer be a tale of children, rather a tale that haunts our dreams and our imaginations. Human trafficking is such...

8 TIPS TO BE YOUR LOVED ONE’S BEST CHANCE AT RECOVERY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Research has shown the family plays a critical role in a loved one’s potential recovery. In fact, in any given situation, family members are either contributing to their loved one’s recovery or contributing to their use disorder. This article will show you how to contribute to your loved one’s recovery all year long and especially during the holiday season. If...

THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDERS IN RESIDENTIAL DUAL DIAGNOSIS PROGRAMS AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT.

Several decades ago, a young woman had been referred to me for treatment for complex trauma and dissociation. I was curious about how she had been diagnosed with a Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). At the time, DID was referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). When I asked her the question, she smiled slightly, then cocked her head a little...

THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY – MAKE MORE OPIOIDS AVAILABLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORST DRUG EPIDEMIC IN HISTORY

Someone once defined insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.’ For whatever reason, the phrase stuck with me over the years. It just seems so simplistic, yet the accuracy of the concept is spot on. When you view people and/or groups and their actions through this prism, a different and unique...

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AND SOBER DURING THE HOLIDAYS

It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential for anxiety or conflict during the holiday season— especially individuals who have issues with alcohol or drug abuse. Most of us go into the holiday period hoping for a harmonious time with family, friends, and co-workers, but there may be hidden conflicts based on past experiences or expectations...

THE TEMPLE OF THE NINE

In the 1990’s, a unique cluster of musicians helped push grunge into loftier, and more commercial heights. Among them were Chester Bennington, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Shannon Hoon, Michael Hutchence, Bradley Noell, Layne Staley, Scott Weiland, and Andrew Wood. These individuals embodied unbounded potential that ended in tragedy. All died of either suicide or drug overdose. Wood, founder of...

Recover At Home – A New solution To An Old Problem

In today’s world, we are all too familiar with the drug crisis running rampant in the US. The CDC reported 63,632 overdose deaths from all substances in 2016, and multiple states have declared this a public health emergency. The bottom line is, people need help and unfortunately, many of them are turned away because they don’t have sufficient medical...