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The War On Drugs: A Cultural Mistake

Our culture has suffered greatly from a misguided and puritanical focus on eliminating substance use. There is a general uprising of protest against draconian laws that harshly punish those who choose to use substances. Recent research on the benefits of psychedelic medicine has also experienced a renaissance and the treatment industry at large is undergoing […]

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Loved One Has An Addiction? What Helps and What Doesn’t

After providing intervention services for years, I began to see how useful the CRAFT approach can be, especially for parents who are so concerned about helping their kids in a constructive way. My training and certification as a CRAFT therapist has helped me to deliver research proven strategies and tools that work. ~ Len Van […]

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Thinking About A Change In Behavior? Think About A Change In Attitude

Change becomes a little easier when we have an attitude that supports taking a chance. Are you willing? ~ Len Van Nostrand, M.A., CCP If you are thinking about changing a behavior pattern (like overeating, smoking, spending too much money, drinking too much etc), it can be helpful to take stock of your attitude as […]

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Anxiety: Managing Your Inner State

Underlying much of what we do is an uncertainty, an anxiety, a fear, doubts, dissatisfaction … and we react to these anxieties, dissatisfaction and uncertainty in so many unhelpful ways: we seek distraction, we eat unhealthy food, we procrastinate, we get caught in a cycle of anxiety and unhappiness, we lash out at others, we […]

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Are You Really An Addict?

Are you really an addict? The words we use to describe ourselves are crucial to determining the way we feel and define ourselves. Modern science acknowledges the spectrum of severity of substance use disorders and the various effective approaches based on the severity of the problem. Not everyone who has a problem is addicted or […]

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Science Says Drink To Your Health (In Moderation)

Alcohol use problems take place on a spectrum. It is paramount for the user to make choices based on their values. It is most sensible to approach any use of substances from a Harm Reduction perspective. For most, personal responsibility and self -management of choices is the preferred lifestyle which can involve a cost-benefit analysis. […]

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The Biggest Lies in Recovery, pt. II: Recovery Failure

I strongly believe that there are numerous myths and false perceptions in the recovery community and am in alignment with a more positive, self empowering approach. Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling is committed to a 21st century perspective that acknowledges the capacity of the individual to make healthy choices to enhance their well being and […]

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