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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It seems that lately you can’t turn on a television or pick up a newspaper without encountering some news item on the latest public figure entering treatment for sex addiction. It begs the question – is it really sex addiction, or just one (or several) random indiscretions? The following information is excerpted from an article …
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A Retreat for Possibilities

April 16th, 2010 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Addiction - (Comments Off)

A few years back, a now dead, philosopher (Mortimer Adler) had a wonderful idea. He brought together people from various fields to spend an idyllic weekend in the mountains outside Boulder CO. The point was to exchange ideas and debate, with civility, the issues of the day. They would spend hours talking and deliberating all …
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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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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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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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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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