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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Yesterday at my media coaching class we were practicing how to do a panel interview.  These are the interviews you see when all the expert guests are talking over each other and at times actually interrupting the others.  Of course, a lot of that is for dramatic purposes and the subject matter tends to be …
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While writing a recent Research to Practice column, I reviewed a meta-analysis of positive addiction treatment outcome indicators that was related to a client’s self-efficacy and motivation. The analysis found that if either of those variables improved then the client would do better in treatment, regardless of the treatment model used. Once counselors understand the …
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Psychotherapy/Life Coaching areas served: Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Calabasas, Malibu, Camarillo. In the last few months as most of my readers know, I have been finishing up my book, “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery.” After you write a book, many of you …
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Life Coaching by phone. Psychotherapy/Life Coaching areas served: Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Calabasas, Malibu, Camarillo. Welcome back to my Counselor Magazine Blog Readers. I haven’t had a moment to write in it for the last few weeks and felt inspired this morning to blog. I was trying to …
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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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Since the passage of federal health care reform earlier this year – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PL  111-148) and the companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (PL  111-143) – many in the addiction treatment field have been wondering what kind of impact this will have on the delivery of substance abuse …
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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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