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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It’s been a very long road, but the addiction and mental health fields have cleared another hurdle with the recent release of federal rules that define how mental health and addiction parity must be implemented. Interim final rules jointly issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department …
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Groundbreaking scientific discoveries about the brain continue to revolutionize our understanding of alcohol and drug addiction, and improve our ability to prevent and treat addiction. Today, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Repeated drug …
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