Introducing Our New Contributing Blogger John Lee!

May 20th, 2014 | Posted by Andrea Grant in Addiction | Addiction & Recovery | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Adolescents | Men's Issues | Parenting | Relationships - (Comments Off on Introducing Our New Contributing Blogger John Lee!)

U.S. Journal Training, along with Counselor, is pleased to welcome John Lee, M.A., as our newest contributing blogger! John Lee is the best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, and has written over twenty books, including his upcoming book, The Mother-Son Dynamic. John’s highly innovative work in the fields of emotional intelligence, anger management …
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The Black Hole: Trauma and Addiction

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Adolescents | PTSD | Relationships | Trauma - (Comments Off on The Black Hole: Trauma and Addiction)

It has long been understood in the vernacular of the addictions field that those whose “lives become unmanageable” through excessive use of drugs and alcohol may be trying to “drown their pain.” While initially, addicts may feel they have found a way to manage a pain-filled inner world, this synthetic form of mood management can …
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Counseling Experience or Counseling Academics: What Is the Mark of a Good Addiction Counselor?

January 21st, 2014 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Addiction Education | Counselor Education - (Comments Off on Counseling Experience or Counseling Academics: What Is the Mark of a Good Addiction Counselor?)

I just started another college semester this week, and in that very first class the discussion centered on what is really important in making a first-class addiction counselor. As discussion progressed, a student came to a conclusion, “ that experience seems to be the only way to really know counseling.” That’s not quite true. I …
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Using Drugs to Belong, Drinking to Manage Depression: Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story of Substance Abuse

January 20th, 2014 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Alcohol Addiction | Drug Addiction | Marijuana Addiction - (Comments Off on Using Drugs to Belong, Drinking to Manage Depression: Chiara de Blasio Tells Her Story of Substance Abuse)

Nearly a million people have watched Chiara de Blasio describe her journey of recovery on YouTube since the video was released over the holidays last month. Chiara wanted to speak out to help all those who are suffering in silence. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 3.1 million Americans need …
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Broken Rituals: Restoring Our Connection to Hope and Happiness Around the Holidays

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in ACoA | Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Relationships | Trauma - (Comments Off on Broken Rituals: Restoring Our Connection to Hope and Happiness Around the Holidays)

Who wants to be dark and dreary around the holidays? Everything around us suggests that this is a season of merriment, that holidays are meant to be a time of touching togetherness and affirming bonds of family and friends. But for those whose lives have been affected by living with addiction, this season can also …
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“Seems Wrong to Treat Drug Addiction With Drugs”

October 7th, 2013 | Posted by Michael Taleff in Addiction | Addiction Discussions - (Comments Off on “Seems Wrong to Treat Drug Addiction With Drugs”)

One of my students stated this very opinion in a recent class. We had been discussing the use of addiction medications to treat addiction. She was initially opposed to the idea, and voiced that resistance in a demonstrative manner. But, at the same time, she seemed intrigued with the possibility of treating drug problems with …
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September is Recovery Month. It is time to be thankful for those who have overcome addiction and a time to remember those who are still lost. To me, however, recovery month is not just about the addicted, but rather about those who have survived the addiction of another. As we know addiction is not a …
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Denial: Is it Always Pathological?

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by Tian Dayton in Addiction | Addiction Discussions | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Denial: Is it Always Pathological?)

Denial is a word that people in recovery use often. It  refers to an addict denying their own increasing use and abuse and it’s affect on their life and the lives of those around them, or an enabler denying the progression and impact of  an addict’s escalating addiction. But is denial always pathological? Are there …
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Women And Porn Addictions: The New Relationship Crisis?

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction Discussions | Sex Addiction | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Women And Porn Addictions: The New Relationship Crisis?)

In the last 20 years or more a lot of information has come to the surface about the somewhat hidden issue of porn addiction for men. Although there had been options for guys to get their hands on porn long before the internet age, easy access to both free and paid website offering every type …
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