Setting Boundaries In The Addictive Family System boundaries codependency family parents Jan 19, 2023

Last week I shared a video that pointed to what in my estimation is one of the biggest reasons for poor outcomes in substance use treatment. And that's the fact that clients are often...

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Emerging Trends In Addiction Treatment (And Why They Don't Want Me On TV) Jan 13, 2023

I got a call the other day from the producer of a TV news show that's going to air a segment on emerging trends in addiction treatment. He said he was given my name as a “leader” in the...

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The Family's Role In Treatment: What Do We Say, When They Say "___________"? Jan 02, 2023

 

If you have a loved one being treated for a drug or alcohol problem, there's a good chance you've heard—or will hear—one or more of the statements listed below at some point...

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5 Things Parents Need To Know For Addressing Teen Substance Use family parents Aug 05, 2022

"We're aware that our daughter's been using alcohol and marijuana—definitely more than we're comfortable with. But we're just not sure what to do about it." 

That's what the mother of a...

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Bridging The Gap: Improving Treatment Outcomes Through Effective Family Engagement addiction boundaries chemical dependency codependency family parents stages of change substance abuse May 08, 2022

The other day I listened to a client talk about her experience of checking her husband into rehab:

"They said they would call. And I went home and waited. A week went by, nothing. I had no idea...

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Stages Of Change, Successful Addiction Treatment, and...Monty Python??? addiction professional training stages of change Jan 05, 2022

Happy New Year!

I thought I'd start the New Year out with something sort of fun...

Now, I know some of you aren't even old enough to remember Monty Python. But for those of you who do, you'll...

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Recovery: The Journey Of Transformation addiction codependency family spirituality Nov 27, 2021

 

I've worked in the addiction treatment industry for a long time—like over 30 years. 

But I've actually been AROUND the treatment industry longer than I've been a professional in...

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Connection: The Solution To Addiction addiction spirituality Nov 09, 2021

 

"What's this got to do with drug use?"

I get a lot of mileage out of the short video above in my work with substance use disorder clients. 

I simply ask them to watch it, and then tell...

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Effective Addiction Treatment Planning: Cart before The Horse? addiction chemical dependency stages of change substance abuse Oct 26, 2021

There's no denying that substance abuse treatment “success rates” can be alarmingly poor. It is an all-too-common scenario to see a client go through residential treatment for a month...

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Family Support In Addiction Treatment: What's The Problem? Aug 19, 2021

 

The past ten years for me has been a steady process of identifying and becoming increasingly focused on addressing an issue that I am quite passionate about. And that would be (drum roll...

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Does Rehab Really Work??? May 02, 2021

The short video above addresses what I consider to be somewhat of an elephant in the room when it comes to the public perception of "drug rehab." And that's the question of whether rehab really...

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