How To Manage Stress

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April is National Stress Awareness Month.  Boy, as children get older, they face stress because of academics, family dynamics, extra -curricular pressures and social media influences, sometimes simultaneously. In a Centers and Disease Control and Prevention’s study that was published on March 31, 2022  these alarming findings pointed to “youth in crisis:” More than a…

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Founder of “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together” Shares Tips During Nat’l Recovery Month

Pamela Evans, started a Facebook group called “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together.”  This group, formed in 2019, now has 11.4 K members.  There is obviously a need for sharing stories, gaining insights, giving tips to members who are “new” to addiction within a family, and empathizing with those who are “wits end” trying…

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“Honey works Better than Vinegar”: Contingency Management Programs in Recovery

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If you’ve never heard of a contingency management program in out or in-patient treatment centers, it’s because it’s under utilized.  It’s a behavior modification system in which rewards are contingent on staying abstinent.  It’s also called “carrot-and-stick” method where you are rewarded for positive behavior – much like motivating a child to clean up his…

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What’s so Smart About Smart Recovery?

    Founded in 1994 by Dr. Joe Gerstein, an internist and pain management doctor as well as a Harvard Professor of Medicine, SMART RECOVERY is NOT a Twelve-Step Program.  It integrates scientific and experiential knowledge to help overcome ANY addictive behaviors. The program is based upon Albert Ellis’s Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) which concentrates…

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Addiction Stigma Keeping Away Those Who Need Treatment

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 The Surgeon General Jerome Adams states that “stigma keeps people from coming forward and asking for help.”  Stigma is defined as a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a topic or group of people.  It can affect a person’s self-esteem based on assumptions, preconceptions and generalizations, wrote Lauren Villa, MPH,…

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How To Evaluate An Addiction Treatment Program

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), approximation in 2017,  at least 20 to 23 million Americans age 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction. There are about 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the U.S. alone from which to choose. It’s a daunting task to pick one, and…

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Read Between The Lines Of These “Emotional Growth Schools”

Eager for their child’s rehabilitation, many parents are hoodwinked by glossy brochures and the advice of educational consultants.  I know I was.  Therapeutic boarding schools spell R-E-L-I-E-F to a parent who feels she cannot control her child.  In loco parentis sounds pretty good when your child no longer honors your requests. Why were we drawn…

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Mental Health Awareness Week: October 4-10, 2020

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Just as substance abuse disorder affects millions of Americans and their families, so does mental illness, and the two are connected.  Mental Health Awareness Week will help educate, support, so those with co-occurring or dual diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and addiction will seek treatment. Many affected by both mental illness and substance…

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