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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Learning to Let Go of Resistance and Attachments

August 29th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery\” You TubeThis morning I had to re-read the chapter in my book “Learning to Let Go of Resistance and Attachments.”  My book, “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery” comes out this Wednesday, September 1, 2010.  I have bitten every …
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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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The Law of Sobriety takes the principles of the Law of Attraction and puts them to work for the specific purpose – to help individual’s recover from their addictions,  whatever that addiction might be  including alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, food, co-dependency, love, and or shopping.   However, in order to understand the Law of Sobriety, you …
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Getting to Our Goals

July 25th, 2010 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction - (11 Comments)

In a recent post, I talked about cognitive distortions—ways of thinking that are all about what’s inside your head rather than what’s actually going on in your life. Addicts and alcoholics sometimes engage in all-or-nothing thinking: “If it isn’t perfect, it’s a total failure.” After just one mistake, they may become judgmental and critical of …
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Squabbling

July 18th, 2010 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Addiction | Addiction Discussions - (2 Comments)

Conflicts have always existed in our field. That’s not a bad thing. If handed well, the conflicts are resolved and growth results. But, what does it mean to “handle well?” It means asking good questions, that generate good theories, followed by good research, plus clear solid arguments that support the theories. From all that research …
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I had the opportunity yesterday to participate in the panel of the television news show Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell to talk about the Lindsay Lohan case.  I found out about the opportunity about two hours before I appeared.  I was waiting for a client to arrive and I got the call.  I knew I couldn’t …
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After realizing it marks the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, I felt it important to put out this blog once again to remind parents about the dangers of pain medication addiction and adolescents.  Although it is not necessarily the case that Michael Jackson died from prescription pain medication, it is quite clear it was …
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Our field is full with ideas on how one should best conduct the process of recovering, or how best to understand the very essence of addiction. Humans have a talent to create ideas, but are cursed with an inability to shed them when their prime has passed. One such addiction treatment idea that needs abandoning …
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