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Back in the 1990s, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) published a monograph intended for use by therapists dealing with alcohol dependent individuals. Essentially, the NIAAA recommended that clinicians steer their alcoholic clients into Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) while simultaneously incorporating the principles of AA’s twelve steps into therapy sessions. The NIAAA’s monograph …
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Detaching With Love

January 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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We all have people we are attached to.  Some attachments are different than others – for instance, the attachment to our parents will be different than the attachment to our friends or partners.  As love addicts and codependents, however, we often find ourselves too attached to someone.  We can’t get over our last relationship, and …
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Creating Boundaries

December 21st, 2016 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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Many of us have heard of boundaries, but have no idea what they are, or we don’t put them to use.  Think about what a boundary is to you. For me, I think of a fence along a property line.  Setting boundaries for ourselves is the same idea. We create a road block that we …
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The holiday season is supposed to be overflowing with joy. Most people, however, find themselves dealing with stress and anxiety more than any of the happier emotions. For recovering addicts in particular, the holidays can be a difficult time of year, as all of the extra emotional discomfort can and often does trigger a desire …
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Which Client is Sexually Addicted?

December 6th, 2016 | Posted by Rob Weiss in Addiction | Sex Addiction - (Comments Off)
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In today’s world, all sorts of people are misdiagnosed, by self or others, as sexually addicted. This occurs for any number of reasons. Recognizing this, it is imperative that addiction therapists and other clinicians learn to differentiate between those who are and those who are not sexually addicted. Otherwise, we risk over-treating and/or mistreating clients—either …
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Acting Instead of Reacting

December 1st, 2016 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
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As codependents, many of us grew up in households that were dysfunctional and traumatic. In order to cope, we developed survival skills that would carry us into adulthood. We continued to use those survival skills, even when it was plain for anyone to see they weren’t working. It’s not just something we can stop doing …
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Tips For Handling Family Drama, Drinking And Holiday Stress

November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The holidays are a very challenging time for many people. There are extremely high expectations that everything is going to be perfect, people are going to get along and there will be overwhelming good will towards others. Some people hold the Martha Stewart or Pinterest impression of the season. Everything has to match, have a …
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I spend a lot of time and effort in this space describing sexual addiction—what it is, how it can be identified, and how it can best be treated. However, sex is not the only behavioral addiction. In fact, just as it is with pleasure-inducing substances, almost any pleasure-inducing behavior can be used in an addictive …
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4th Annual Recovery Today Online Conference

November 11th, 2016 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)
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Hi everyone! Today I want to tell you about a project that I’ve been working on that I hope you’ll join us for! November 14-18, we will be holding the 4th Annual Recovery Today Online Conference!  All you have to do is visit www.recoverytodayseries.com – and the best part is it’s free! Anyone can join, …
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