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Join Dr. Lisa Cooney, MFT and retired NFL MVP Ricky Williams on Blog Talk Radio as they talk about getting free from abuse in...
The Boy and the Dragons...
(Author’s note: This story will be blogged in two separate postings, one now and the other within the next few weeks). ...
Access Bodywork to create the life you want!
Access Consciousness is a set of tools and techniques to change whatever isn’t working in an individual’s life, o...
Establishing Healthy LGBT Relationships
There is a stereotype that LGBT persons don't desire long-term, meaningful relationships‑that we would rather experience an...
The Molecular Weight of Secrets...
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. ...
Adoption defined in freedictionary.com is a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relationship between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit). For the purposes of this article, the underlying assumption includes no biological relationship with the adoptee. This author recognizes kinship adoptions but this article is specific to adoptee living in non biological families.
The sound of this definition is appropriate, legal, and simple. A child born to another family becomes legally bound through the adoption agreement to a family with whom there is no DNA or shared blood type. What you may find interesting is how adoption began.
The practice of adoption can be traced to ancient laws and the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi. Adoption functioned as a means to continue the family line. Even historically, the interest of the adoptive family superseded that of the a...
Having words for what is being experienced in an emotionally abusive relationship is inherently empowering and validating. Many people in emotionally abusive relationships have the experience of trying to explain what is happening to them and not feeling understood because they do not have words that encompass the concepts that adequately describe what is happening. In addition, the degree to which they are being emotionally abused is so far above what is normal that they may appear as if they are exaggerating when they are not.
To assist others in identifying Emotional abuse and communicating what they are experiencing, I have compiled a list of Types of Verbal and Emotional Abuse. Notice that the word cloud of Emotionally Abusive Terms looks like a bruise. Verbal Abuse Hurts.
Discovering words for what has happened to you infers that someone else has experienced the same thing and that alone brings relief. You are not making this up. Having a name for your experience of e...
I see all to often in my private practive that individuals feel they might have a problem with drugs and or alcohol but minimize the problem and tend to blame everyone else but themselves for their pattern of use. It is vital for individuals to seek a therapist that is knowledgable in the area of addiction therapy so that they can educate the clients in the difference between the stages as it relates to the progression (use, misuse, abuse and addiction). Without understanding these stages, a client may be lost and unaware that they are in full blown addiction or close to it by being a heavy user. It's all about bring awareness to the use and allowing the client while working in a collaborative method with their therapist, to come to the realization on their own. You cannot convince an addict or full blown alchoholic that they have a problem unless you as the therapist are careful in guiding them to see the patterns and increased use over a period of time and they are rea...
Have you ever been involved in arguments where you must win for everything to be okay? What if you looked at this concept differently? What if you saw these situations as win-win and realized that if you lost the argument that, although you may need to adapt a bit, everything will still be okay. What a great way to feel. In this way no one really loses. Instead you just learn to change a bit and most importantly, you see the situation as win-win for everyone.
Littlest addicts have a rough start in life
What are the dangers to the infant when the mother is drug dependent during pregnancy? What happens to these babies after they are born? We spoke to experts who deal with drug dependent mothers and their babies, to find out what the future holds for them.
Danger in the womb
From the moment of conception, the developing baby is susceptible to harm from being exposed to the drugs and/or alcohol in the mother’s system. As the baby develops, he can be affected by the substances his mother abuses, and the baby may suffer withdrawal symptoms. A study by Stephen Patrick, M.D., MPH, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (reported online in the Journal of the American Medical Association) found that the number of mothers using opiates at the time of delivery rose five-fold during the period between 2000 and 2009. This is a problem that is affecting more and more babies each year.
Addiction in pregnancy
Fighting addiction is difficult, a...
The Addictions Coach expands mobile rehab to include Sober Companions and Sober Coaches.
Miami, Florida September 25, 2012
The Addictions Coach announced that they are expanding their services to include not only therapy and mobile drug and alcohol rehabilitation services but also Sober Coaches and Sober Companions. At The Addictions Coach they offer traditional one hour talk therapy sessions, 7 day intensive rehab ‘tune ups’ , where they bring the idea of drug treatment direct to the client at the client’s home or location and most recently they are offering Sober Coaches and Sober Companions to stay with the client 24/7 and assist the client in remaining sober and learning new life skills.
Traditional rehab centers offer a 28 day stay followed by therapy, if the client will attend the sessions. What about the other 23 hours in the day? The Addictions Coach has found a solution for that and has sober companions and sober coaches on hand to assist the client in rema...
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 3.2million Canadian youth between the ages of 12-19 are at the risk of developing Depression. Shocking? Right.
Children and adolescents can develop depression if they are/ have experiencing/ experienced:
- Huge pressure from school, society, or family
- Stressful transitions, such as changing school, neighborhood, city, or country
- A major loss, such as a death in family
- Being bullied
To read more, please visit http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/?p=116
By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist
Executive Sober Coaching
As a Business Executive, CEO, Attorney, Pilot, Business Owner, Philanthropist, or other high profile individual, you know the value of publicity and marketing. You understand how bad publicity can ruin you, your brand or your company. You know how important it is to keep personal secrets and demons at bay and not allow the world to view them. Sometimes it can get tiring struggling with an addiction and trying to hide it from the public eye. Cleaning up DUI‘s or other negative behaviors takes time, energy, and if not handled properly, can land you in jail or worse yet ruin your company, your brand or your career. Tired of running from your demons? We can help.
At The Addictions Coach, we understand how important it is for you to have 100% CONFIDENTIALITY and work on your demons behind closed doors. We clearly understand that going to meetings where you may see a client, an employee or customer is not in the cards for you. We understand that a 28 day stay...
There is a stereotype that LGBT persons don't desire long-term, meaningful relationships‑that we would rather experience an endless series of hookups and friends-with-benefits with nothing more. This couldn’t be further from the truth. However, finding someone who is compatible and who is willing to work together through the bad times as well as the good isn't easy.
When you first meet someone there can be a real mutual attraction. You might share interests, enjoy each other’s company and believe the relationship has real potential. They may ask to see you again. All signs seem positive, you feel hopeful, and you might even let yourself fanaticize about a future together.
Over the next few days or weeks, you keep in touch frequently: texting, calling, Skyping or emailing. Then suddenly you hit the brick wall. No callbacks, no texts, no emails, they “unfriend” you on Facebook, and you never hear from them again. There is no way to find out why they disappeare...
If you aren't happy, but know what makes you happy, you’re already halfway there. Your challenge is to figure out why you aren't doing the things that make you happy and start doing them. This could include an activity, spending time with others or having “me time.” If you can't figure out what makes you happy, you face a difficult, but not insurmountable, challenge.
Why Am I Unhappy?
Even when people don't know what makes them happy, they tend to know what is making them unhappy. There are usually one or two major life stressors to blame, but there are usually many sub-stressors that they might not even be aware of. It might be helpful to list all your stressors and spend the day being mindful of them. Which items on the list can you do something about? Focus on those.
Do I Deserve to Be Happy?
Why would anyone not want to be happy? They may be afraid of change, the unknown, or the possibility of failure. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is an underlying belief that on...
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