Author Archives: Sherry Gaba

On Friday evening, “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas reported on mothers who are struggling to stay alive from their addictions in a documentary entitled, “Mothers Little Helper”. She profiles stories of four courageous women from across the country who shares their painful but honest struggles with their addictions. Viewers take a rare look inside the homes …
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How the Prism Awards Became a Lesson in Faith

April 27th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction - (2 Comments)

About a month ago I had heard all about the Prism Awards. The Prism Awards recognizes Hollywood for its actors, television shows, and films in the media that depict mental health issues and addiction, plus tobacco, drug and alcohol use. This blog is not about all the winners, although there are plenty of blogs out …
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When Resentment Turns To Anger

April 13th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction | Alcohol Addiction - (1 Comments)

As addicts and alcoholics, you all understand you have no room for un-resolved anger in your recovery program. On the other side of anger is resentment or a feeling that some injustice has been done to you. Something or someone is irritating you or it is “just not fair.” Don’t you wish you could just …
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The Many Gifts of Sobriety

April 8th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction - (22 Comments)

We all have been told that when we become clean and sober our lives will drastically get better. For the addict and alcoholic who has been left with nothing, these gains in recovery can become overwhelming. Let’s face it, in early recovery sometimes just staying sober is all you can handle. However, when the miracles …
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With the recent deaths of Corey Haim, Brittany Murphy, and Michael Jackson, most psychotherapists and physicians, who may not necessarily work in addictions, are becoming more mindful of this growing epidemic of pain medication addiction. As a psychotherapist who specializes in addictions, I have been aware of this pervasive problem for years. In addition, in …
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Does Malibu Rehab Work?

March 20th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction - (10 Comments)

Although I am not necessarily an expert in this area, I have worked at several Malibu Rehabs for the last four years and my answer is a resounding yes, if you are ready and want to get sober. With that being said, so do other rehabs that don’t have lavish chefs, $50,000 price tags and …
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My goal this week was to get away from the topic of Celebrity addiction, but, of course, you couldn’t turn on the television without some newscaster broadcasting about the tragic and sudden death of teenage heartthrob and childhood star Corey Haim. Most likely the cause is related to drug addiction although the reports are unclear. …
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Is watching the Academy Awards an Addiction?

March 8th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction - (4 Comments)

As I watched the Academy Awards last night, I couldn’t help but wonder is this an addiction?  Every year we have an Academy Awards party. Every year all the guests bring the same food: crab dip, meatballs, chili, hot-dogs, chicken wings and the list goes on.  When the show begins, my mom shouts, “Everyone be …
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Pot Smoking Baby Boomers on the Rise

February 28th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction | Marijuana Addiction - (39 Comments)

So why is it baby boomers can’t just say NO to pot smoking?  Maybe it is because they are part of the me generation.  Perhaps it is because they have the largest disposable income available to them to purchase drugs.  Maybe they are in a time warp and still believe it is the 1960’s.  No matter what the …
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