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GUIDE TO SOBRIETY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

If you think you are at risk for substance misuse, be realistic about how the holidays can increase your anxiety and stress and lead to dangerous behavior 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 addiction. Most...

THE ELDERLY SUFFER IN SILENCE FROM SUBSTANCE ABUSE

At a recent conference on substance abuse among the elderly, Brenda Iliff, Director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Older Adult Program, reported a precipitous increase in substance abuse among older folks, indicating: “Nationally, there are 17% of older adults at high risk.” Think about that! One in five people in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, are at...

SUGAR HIGHS: IS MARIJUANA THE REAL GATE-WAY DRUG?

Our children are dying en masse of opioid overdoses and the federal government is going back in a time machine arguing that marijuana is a gate-way drug. As they would say on Saturday Night Live: What’s up with that? As the mother of a son who has been battling with heroin addiction for many years, I find...

6 PARENTING TIPS FOR WHEN ADDICTION RUNS IN THE FAMILY

You may have heard it said that “addiction is a family disease.” That’s true in more ways than one, but in its most fundamental sense, it means that addiction often runs in families— and, that like other diseases, such as breast cancer and diabetes, alcoholism and drug addiction can be genetically inherited. In fact,...

LIVING BEYOND – THE EFFECTS OF BODY SHAMING

Have you ever stopped to question, ‘why I am entertaining other people’s messages’? What is it about the human psyche that causes us to feel a need to appease others? Are we conditioned to be a passive society? Do we listen to the words of others because it makes us feel accepted?

DETACHING FROM OUR FALSE SELF

Humans are a troubled lot. Inundated by waves of fear and uncertainty, we welcome pain into our lives and needlessly suffer. Like psychotic shape shifters, we revisit the ugly past and daunting future, gradually driven insane by our own dark thoughts. The cause of this insanity resides in our egoic monkey mind, a toxic...

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: A GRIEVING MOMS POINT OF VIEW.

The holidays. Those two words used to bring such joy to my heart and plans to my head. I would head to the store with my list and always ended up with more than I bargained for. I would envision the day. The table, the turkey, family and friends, all together celebrating our blessings. We started in...

RELAPSE PREVENTION PLANNING – PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES

Understanding the framework and basic principles that underlie the relapse prevention planning process is essential for successful outcomes and lifelong recovery. Accompanying each principle is a brief procedure or clinical technique that can be used to operationalize that principle with patients and clients. The first principle of self-regulation states that the risk of relapse will decrease as the...

No-Win Situations

Sometimes we are powerless because of our situations in life. We may be in a situation where other people have power over us. We may feel that we are trapped by the demands of others and that there’s no way to please everyone. This can be a double bind: To please one person is to disappoint another. And sometimes when we...

LIVING BEYOND – THE BRAIN, ADDICTION AND DISCRIMINATION

When we think of addicts, we seldom associate the word discrimination. Yet, there is clearly an undeniable association between discrimination and addiction. Although scientific research has proven that addiction is a chronic medical condition and not an issue of moral integrity; there remains a global perspective that an addict is morally weak or compromised.