Detachment… With Love

I wanted to share this article that the Parents Support Group in New Jersey was kind enough to allow us to print in The Sober World. Detachment means separating the personality you love from the disease you despise. It means accepting the afflicted one unconditionally as an individual of worth and dignity, while steadfastly rejecting the destructive influences of alcoholism...

The Window Of Opportunity

I had the pleasure of meeting Wally P. a few years ago. I was so impressed by the work he did with people seeking recovery that I wanted to share his experience and knowledge with my readers. I called Wally and asked if he would like to submit an article. He was more than happy to share what he...

An Inside Look at Drug Court

Drug Court
As a Clinical Treatment Consultant and Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, my job is to assess clients in the Criminal Justice system and to determine the best treatment option for that individual. A good deal of my time is spent in the Circuit Drug Court. A defendant is diverted into the Circuit Drug Court when they have been charged with a...

Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Among Youth: Is Your Child Safe?

In the fight against teen drug use, it has been a classic case of two steps forward, one big step back. Young people are getting the message about illegal street drugs, but more teens and young adults are using prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to get high, often with deadly consequences. Next to marijuana, prescription drugs are now the most...

Resolving Sexual abuse Through Solution Based Brief Therapy And Rapid Trauma Resolution

Sexual abuse is a pervasive problem with alcoholics and substance abusers. Although studies have varied widely in the last decade, it is thought that as many as 64% of substance abusers have sexual abuse in their background. Furthermore, sexual abuse is the single strongest predictor of alcohol dependence in young girls and women, even stronger than family history. In...

Involuntary Commitment Under Florida Law

In Florida, the law allows for two different types of involuntary commitment. Involuntary commitment of a loved one who is suffering from ‘mental illness’ or ‘substance abuse’ is always a difficult decision to make. Many times, loved ones will turn to substance abuse in an attempt to “self-medicate” as a result of underlying mental illness. These types of patients are...

Spirit, Mind, And Body (SMB)

It is time to do something radically different in the area of substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, mental health treatment and holistic wellness. The question I continually ask myself is, “are we human beings having a spiritual experience or are we spiritual beings having a human experience?” I am referring to Spirit, Mind and Body or SMB. When I say...

What Treatment Options Are Available With The Florida Marchman Act?

Florida Marchman Act
When a person is court ordered to treatment via the Florida Marchman Act, the treatment is either paid for privately or through personal health insur- ance plans. If the Respondent or their family cannot afford to pay for private treatment, options are limited to state or county funded programs. There are definitely advantages to private treatment if one can...

The Florida Marchman Act:

How to go about obtaining court-ordered treatment for addiciton or alcoholism. In Florida we have the Marchman Act: There are many people out there who are affected by the disease of Addiction, but they do not even know it. “Denial” is a common factor when dealing with addicts. Unfortunately, the family often times will suffer the whirlwind created by the...

My First Day In Treatment

Having recently celebrated nine years of sobriety, I’ve been reflecting on my early days in this journey. Although I went to treatment for alcoholism three times in a seven month period it was only the third time that I went by choice. The first time I went was at the behest of my family along with a Baker Act....