Present Perfect

September 17th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction | Alcohol Addiction | Drug Addiction - (Comments Off)

Are you living in the present? You might be tempted to ask, “When else would I be living?” But the truth is, we spend most of our time living in the past or the future. We’re either stewing about something that happened or worring about something that might happen. We’re anywhere but right here, right …
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Lately I have noticed a theme amongst teenagers as to one of the reasons they are using and abusing drugs and/or alcohol.  They tell me they are “bored.”   As someone growing up in the seventies,  there were no video games, cell phones, texting, emailing, or computers and the internet.  In other words, there wasn’t the instant gratification that …
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Recently, I read an impressive summation of the past 40 years of alcohol treatment research in Alcohol Research & Health. It notes a raft of advances made in alcoholism treatment as well as new and fresh paradigms to understand alcohol dependence. The article is well worth the time to read.* I was, however, stuck by …
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Many people in our field will try to convince you that you need the most modern research data, more experience, or the latest greatest treatment to help your clients. While they certainly help, all have limits. Limits? Yes, for example, research as it is most often conducted gives you good information on groups. The results …
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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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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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Really Big Questions

April 1st, 2010 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Addiction | Alcohol Addiction - (Comments Off)

A fellow named Mike Gazzaniga recently remarked that he and other cognitive neuro-scientists have pressed themselves to ask really big questions of their field. For example, they asked themselves about the very nature of consciousness. How it works? How does the brain produce such a phenomena? Where is it located exactly in our brain? The …
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I spent the last four days at a workshop centered around getting in touch with the sensations of the body to work through past traumas.  The trauma could be an automobile accident, sexual abuse, physical abuse, an earthquake, and anything that has caused you deep emotional and sometimes physical pain.  I started to wonder could …
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