Want to Feel Fulfilled and Healed?

As a Life Coach, Mentor, and as a leader of large organizations, I consistently encounter many of my fellow human beings in distress due to various events in their lives. Let’s face it, life is constantly throwing jabs and punches at us. We are dodging, ducking, weaving, more often than we would like. At times,…

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Is Curbing Alcohol Consumption a Pointless Exercise?

When you’ve been addicted to alcohol for a long time, it gets near impossible to stop abusing it. The brain gets used to certain patterns of abuse and rejects any attempt to alter them. So how beneficial is it for alcoholics to try to control their drinking? Beth Burgess from “Sort My Life Solutions” or…

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How Much Is Certain In The Field Of Addiction?

In the fields of addiction and recovery, how much is truly certain? Is it possible to quantify results conclusively? Does anything tangible exist to be quantified? In this article from The Fix, Lance Dode, MD gives his two cents about what’s indubitable about addiction. What Do We Really Know About Addiction? Is evidence-based treatment all it’s cracked…

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Approaches to Addictive Disorders: Does One Size Fit All?

In the world of psychiatry, as in the field of science, validity and acceptance of theories and ideas are evidence-based. However, evaluating results in mental health and substance abuse cases is an arduous and often inconclusive task. What, then, defines the right approach to treating patients suffering from addictive disorders? Is there really a single approach that can…

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Doctor-Patient Rapport: How Lenient Should It Be?

What happens when a doctor realizes that their patient is recovering for the wrong reasons? What happens when a doctor cannot identify symptoms of a patient’s relapse? Where do the responsibilities of the physician end? In this article, Dr. Anna Lembke provides insight into the machinations of an opioid addict’s mind and her own. Pro-Voices—Inside the Mind of…

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Treat People, Not Brains

The idea that addiction is a brain disease is not new and has been reaffirmed by multiple studies. However, commencing treatment with emphasis on the fact that it is the brain we are treating and not the person can unduly hamper the course of treatment and recovery. Andrew Tatarsky from The Fix writes about how important it…

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The Lines between Denial, Fear and Stalling

Oftentimes, we subject people who seem to avoid confronting their addictions to admonitions and criticisms. It gets easier and easier to brush their behavior off as a standard case of denial. However, the lines between denial, mortal fear and simple stalling can be too fine at times. Edward M Paul talks to The Fix about how cases…

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Hospitals and Opioid Overuse

One of the things that the Affordable Care Act has sought to ensure for patients is that they are well cared for during hospital visits. Medicare payments are allocated to hospitals based on patient satisfaction surveys. These surveys ask patients to measure how well their pain was taken care of during a hospital stay. Physicians…

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Addiction Recovery and Self-empowering Treatment

Where does the power in recovery come from? Does it come from a ‘higher power’, pharmaceuticals, group support or from within the patient? These are some of the questions addressed in this article from The Fix. Richard Jumantalks with Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery to discuss SEATA and “self-empowering” treatment. Where Should the Power…

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How to and How not to Counsel Young People

A lot of people today are dealing with substance abuse. Drug and alcohol addiction is rising at an alarming rate. When dealing with a loved one’s drug addiction, people often lose their forbearance and try to impose their sense of reality on them. It’s no surprise that parents are becoming paranoid and trying what they think is best…

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