Private Independent Recovery: A Viable Option

More and more therapists are approaching substance use problems with creative, alternative strategies. Strategies for safer use, reduced or managed use and abstinence are being reexamined in the light of growing research on the process of changing harmful behaviors. Therapists frequently see clients that have a desire to change substance use behavior along with a […]

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Buprenorphine: The New Treatment for Opiate Dependence

The treatment of opiate dependence has been particularly unsuccessful over the years. There are more and more people abusing opiate-based pain medications. Oxycontin and Vicodin are the most abused prescription medications on the market these days. It has become clear that once dependence is established, opiate addicts are often not the easiest to manage. Thus […]

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Importance of Parental Involvement in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Parental involvement is critical to successful treatment of adolescents with alcohol and other chemical dependency issues.  Research shows that family-based interventions can be very effective in reducing current alcohol and other drug problem behavior and future risk.  The quality of the adolescents’ environment in regards to family, school and peers is critical for success when […]

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The Reality of Teen Substance Abuse in Santa Barbara

By:  Galen Garbarino, MFT It’s hard to believe that in our idyllic community, there is a rampant substance abuse problem among our young people.  Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and countless other harmful substances have made their way into the lives of our adolescents.  With increasing tolerance toward alcohol and marijuana and the attitude that “it’s no […]

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Alcohol and the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here: a time when many individuals find themselves at home or vacationing. It is also a time, very likely, to drink more alcoholic beverages than one normally would. The holiday season can therefore mark the beginning of alcohol addiction for some, or worsen the addiction process for others. For those who […]

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