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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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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I was so pleased to see Stephanie Muller’s article in February’s Counselor on what is happening beyond our North American shores. The C4 Recovery interviewees were quite correct in ascerting that we can learn a lot from what is happpening around the globe. Different approaches perhaps but of value. As Past President of IC & RC, …
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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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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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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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I have noticed, as it is getting closer to my appearance on Celebrity Rehab 3’s VH1 Vlog, I am feeling excited and ambivalent at the same time.  I am asking myself what does that mean?  Am I feeling this way because I wonder how my appearance will rate with my colleagues (other professionals in the …
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