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Harm Reduction Made Me a Much Better Family Therapist

The treatment world still remains stuck in the 20th century, punishing and stigmatizing those who will not choose to quit immediately or who continue to use. The failure of the zero tolerance “clean and sober ” model has led to numerous abuses in treating centers and counseling offices and plays a primary role in a […]

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How Useful Is Alcoholic Anonymous If You Don’t Fit The Mold?

The world of recovery has undergone massive changes in the last decade. the 21st century has opened up our understanding of the multidimensional nature of the addictive experience. However, there are some things that have not changed. The disease concept still has fervent advocates. The concept of a lifelong progressive illness remains a fixed given […]

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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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