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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage One
Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. T...
Parenting is Climate Control
Parenting is Climate Control Blog posted September 21, 2013 Summer is almost over and the school year has already begun. Mos...
Addiction is a Family Affair
Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of famil...
350 People Die Of Addiction Each Day- Is It Time To Rethink Rehab?
Every year in the U.S., 120,000 people die of addiction. That’s 350 a day. Desperate to save the life of an addict, a ...
Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. L...
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Therapy dogs typically work with their owners in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and rehabilitation centers. They play with abused children, give affection to the elderly, help the critically ill to laugh and forget their pain for a while, and sometimes provide a warm lick to wipe the tears away.
In many cases, the presence of dogs provides a sense of normalcy and reassurance to troubled individuals. One of the reasons therapy dogs can be so helpful is their ability to give unconditional love and comfort. Acceptance and non-judgment are perhaps the two most important gifts that these animals can offer. To these dogs we are “perfect” just the way we are. During more than 20 years of private practice working with alcoholics and their families, I have seen the toll that active addiction takes on an individual’s self-esteem and the family’s sense of safety and trust. Shame, guilt, secrecy and hopelessness create a fertile ground for self-loathing, despair and an ...
Long-time heroin addicts who get supervised doses of the drug seem to stay in addiction treatment longer and have less criminal activity than similar addicts who get conventional methadone treatment. That’s the finding of a randomized controlled trial published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal, gave diacetylmorphine (heroin’s active ingredient) to 115 addicts and methadone to 111. While two thirds of the heroin group showed a decrease in outside illicit drug use and criminal behavior, in the methadone group less than half did.
What’s the point of addiction treatment if the addicts don’t actually quit?Every user enrolled in the trial had to be at least 25 years old and a heroin user for at least five years. They also had to have failed to kick the habit in treatment programs at least twice before, including once in a methadone-treatment program. In short, these were people who had stru...
Patients with substance abuse issues can be treated for pain in a variety of ways that don’t involve opioids, says Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, Chief of the Pain Management Division at Stanford University and Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Management. “A multidisciplinary approach is needed to treat patients in pain who have substance abuse issues,” he says.
There are non-opioid drugs such as anti-epileptic drugs, antidepressants and anti-arrthythmic drugs, which can be effective in treating pain, Dr. Mackey says.
Patients can also be treated with psychological therapies, as well as physical and occupational therapy, he says. Many patients, however, do not receive a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain because it generally requires the resources of an academic medical center. “Doctors who are treating patients without these resources need to collaborate with others who have the knowledge they don’t, either in addiction medicine or pai...
As headlines about opioids focus on misuse of the drugs, physicians who treat patients with chronic pain are grappling with how to deal with opioid dependence. At the recent American Psychiatric Association meeting, pain specialists said that treating patients in pain who are dependent on opioids involves a delicate balance between managing pain relief and risk of drug abuse.
“One of the challenges is that we don’t have good estimates of how common it is for chronic pain patients to develop problematic opioid use” says Jennifer Potter, PhD, MPH, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. “The vast majority of people with chronic pain do not go on to develop an opioid addiction, so it’s important for patients to understand that if this medication benefits you, it’s not necessarily a concern. We can’t let our response to the rise in prescription drug abuse to be denying access to all people i...
You love the party lifestyle but now it is has gotten out of hand. It is affecting you professionally and personally. The paparazzi can be quite unforgiving by posting negative pictures, negative comments and stories about a bad night on the town or a botched performance. Your agent wants you to go to rehab for a month, but you don’t want to. Maybe you are in the middle of a tour or filming for a movie and can’t take the time away from your busy life to check into a treatment program. Maybe you simply don’t want to go. Maybe you went and didn’t like it or it didn’t work for you.
The one thing you do know is that you are tired of feeling like this. You feel helpless, hopeless and frustrated. You need a pill, a fix, a drink, anything to keep you going. Life has become unbearable and unmanageable. You can’t be ‘on’ all the time anymore without a drug or drink and your hectic lifestyle keeps you constantly going. Your personal life maybe in ...
May 9, 2013
It is a beautiful Spring day in Portland, Oregon. I turn in my chair to look out the big skylight in my office. A stately dark green Maple tree is perfectly framed. Honey bees are busy visiting the small cream-colored flowers. The sky is that color of blue that reminds me of the sea above a shallow coral reef. I check in with my heart. My heart checks in with me. The clear message is that I want to go for a walk. I have a lot of work to do in the office. My heart wins. I put on my coat. I open the door. I start walking.
Though it is still early morning, the sidewalks are quickly filling up with others who are similarly drawn to the cool air...to the lilac bushes...to small butterflies. They are walking.
One of the benefits and accompanying drawbacks of being a therapist, is that I find myself extending my emotional self to people I do not know. Simply put, I want to know how their day is going. I want to know what their stories might be. It is an interesting, genuine, an...
The act of getting everything that you've ever wanted is unbelievably simple. All you have to do is ask. That's right, just ask. You can ask God-Some people call this praying or the universe or the Cosmic Joker. Who you ask is not as important as (1) that you do indeed ask and (2) what you ask for. I like to keep it simple : I ask for good health for myself, friends and family and for quality time with my family (and friends); food on my plate and a roof overhead-okay I will come clean and say that my latest request is fuller, thicker hair-but don't tell anyone! What would you ask for if you could have anything you wanted and what is stopping you from doing it?
Access Consciousness is a powerful set of tools for clearing blocks and limitations to make room for more joyful possibilities. Access Bars and Body Processes are bodywork sessions that allow you to receive and create a life that fulfills and excites you. How does it get any better than that? Are you ready for more joy? Are you ready for more possibilities? Are you ready to allow yourself and your body to be in a place of receiving joy and possibilities? Dr. Lisa Cooney, licensed MFT and Access Consciousness Facilitator, is offering Access Consciousness bodywork taster packages for introductory clients! Life is full of possibilities! These sessions help you make room for them!
Access Consciousness classes offered too! Check the schedule page for a current calendar of classes: http://lifeempowermentinstitute.com/lei/schedule/
Saturday, May 11th in Santa Rosa! My team and I will be facilitating Whole Body Thermography, which is a whole-body procedure that is gentle, painless, non-toxic, non-invasive and gathers information about the functioning health and integrity of various tissues and organs. This is not just regular thermography. It is a very reliable and accurate tool that provides a mathematical representation of a body’s physiology in precise and objective reports.
I’ll also be giving Access Consciousness Bars and Access Energetic Facelift samplers for free to share this amazing work. The cost for the Thermogram session is $225. You will receive the report with your results that day, as well as have the opportunity to go over some of your results with me. Plus, consider coming early or staying after your session to receive the wonderful Access Consciousness samplers at no charge. Contact Judy for a reservation at 707-542-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org Payment: Contact Michaela at my...
At times the best action to take is no action. I had two separate events in the past few days where I refrained from saying something when I originally thought I would. Both situations have turned out just fine; perhaps even better than I had hoped. What has helped me is to learn to do something I call "letting it set." I have learned that I make better decisions if, instead of rushing into saying or doing something, I just back off a bit or "let it set." This gives me time to think out my decisions. It also allows outside events to unfold so that the direction I need to take becomes crystal clear. Sometimes taking no action (an action in and of itself) can be more productive than taking action.
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