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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The following experiential exercises for helping groups, both inpatient and outpatient, to process issues of trauma and grief are taken from  both The Living Stage and RTR Relationship Trauma Repair  by Tian Dayton, both available at HCIBOOKS.com  The Trauma Time Line: Working with Context and Narrative Goals: 1. To provide a visual context through which to …
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Who doesn’t self-medicate, at least a little? Sinking into a plate of pasta and a glass of wine or chowing down on French fries after a stressful day really does work to smooth out the rough edges and give us that “ahhhh” feeling. But when does this sort of behavior cross that invisible line between …
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Could You Be A Sex Addict? Most people have times in their life when they are very sexual in their behavior. This is often at the beginning of a relationship and, despite good intentions; this behavior tends to decrease as the relationship matures. Being intimate more than usual or thinking more frequently about sex is …
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In the busy world in which we live every day it is so important for parents of teens and even the tweens to really keep an eye out for changes in their child’s behaviour. Often simple yet easily identified changes are the first hints that you son or daughter may be using and abusing alcohol …
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When Healthy Becomes Deadly

November 8th, 2011 | Posted by Sherry Gaba in Addiction | Addiction Discussions - (Comments Off on When Healthy Becomes Deadly)

When Healthy Becomes Deadly Eating disorders, specifically bulimia and anorexia, are fairly well understood by most people, at least at a surface level. For the general population the understanding of these addictions includes strict control of food intake including the use of laxatives and purging. However, this is another side of these drastic weight control …
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First passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2008, the Second Chance Act was designed to help people successfully return to their communities from prisons, jails and juvenile retention centers, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment. This first-of-its-kind legislation provided funding through federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Since the law’s passage, 250 …
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