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  • The Cost of Meds vs. The Cost of Rehab
    on Dec 30, 2008 in addiction therapy
    Recovery does not come cheap. Financially, emotionally, and even physically there is a huge cost that must be paid in order to complete the transition from addiction to recovery. The financial burden is often one that is very difficult for the fami...
  • To Hit Bottom or Not
    on Dec 29, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    As a family member of a loved one that has struggled with the disease of addiction I have spent twenty plus years researching treatment and program philosophies dealing with this issue of whether allowing your loved one to hit bottom or not. Many pe...
  • Whose Program is it Anyway?
    on Dec 29, 2008 in Family addiction
    WE see it all the time. Very often the addict shows up for his or hers 28 day treatment program not sure if they are ready for treatment. Not sure if they are committed to the process of moving toward recovery. the client is quiet and often withdr...
  • Trauma creates Drama, Drama inhibits Recovery
    on Dec 26, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    Trauma creates drama. It is unavoidable. In so many addicts when we peel back all the layers and finally get to the answer to the question "why" it is often related to trauma. The answer to the question "why" must always be found in or
  • “What Is The Difference between Enabling and Helping?’
    on Dec 25, 2008 in Family addiction
    First let me qualify myself as a gold medallist as an enabler. My personal life experiences in this area at least qualifies me to attempt to make the differentiation between these two behaviors. On first blush when discussing enabling as it relates...
  • Is One Lost Holiday really too Much to Pay?
    on Dec 24, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    What were you doing on Christmas Day in 1998? What was your favorite gift that day? Where did you spend Thanksgiving in 2001? In most instances an immediate response or a flashback memory does not come quickly to our minds. The warmth and joy that...
  • Cravings or Consequences : Who has more pull?
    on Dec 22, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    Unfortunately it is cravings. Hands down.Over the weekend we admitted a new patient to our program who will not be spending Christmas with his 3 children for the first time ever. This is not his first treatment program. Hopefully it will be his la...
  • Don't Pull the Trigger!
    on Dec 21, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    On several occasions in this blog I have made reference to the fact that in order to achieve long lasting and durable recovery an addict must answer the question "why do I use?". In most cases that answer is not so simple as to be only one item
  • “Is Addiction a Family Disease?”
    on Dec 20, 2008 in Family addiction
    For those families that have not been affected by the disease of addiction the understanding of how this disease affects the total family would be difficult to comprehend. But, for those families that have been affected by this disease it becomes qui...
  • "I just like to get high"
    on Dec 18, 2008 in addiction psychiatry
    I recently had a conversation with a family member of an addict and he related this story. His family member had been an addict for several years and over the course of that time had been in an out of several treatment programs at a cost of many tho...
  • Why are Substance Abuse Treatment programs 28 days.
    on Dec 17, 2008 in addiction therapy
    I often have families ask me, “How long is my loved one going to need to be in treatment”? Families always want to know how long it will take their loved one to “get better”. The interesting thing is that despite the fact that most programs a...
  • "A doctor told me I was bipolar once, but...."
    on Dec 16, 2008 in addiction psychiatry
    "I didn't believe him and I didn't want to be bipolar, so I ignored him"In the meantime this person continued to be an addict and many years later he is just starting his rehab. better late than never but imagine if he had just accept
  • Who can figure out procrastinators--Cont.
    on Dec 15, 2008 in random thoughts
    It was said by a therapist when commenting on last night's blog that the most common cause of procrastination is perfectionism.I don't believe that. I do not believe that someone does not even start a task, let alone finish that task simply beca
  • Who can figure out Procrastinators
    on Dec 14, 2008 in random thoughts
    Procrastinators. What is it about them? Why do they do--or should I say not do, what it is they do? Why do they put off what needs to be done rather than just doing it?I am not sure, but I am going to think about it and get back to you tomorrow.
  • "I am the best person I can be!"
    on Dec 13, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    But is that enough? In a recent episode of the Showtime series "Californication" the character "Cokey Smurf" is presented with her first temptation shortly after leaving rehab for cocaine addiction. At a party she is handed a cocktai
  • An Alcoholic's Story--In his own words
    on Dec 11, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    I wound up at Synergy in West Palm Beach after basically giving up on almost all aspects of life. Job, wife, kids, and even the family dog; all given away. Now this didn’t develop in a matter of days or weeks. It developed over years of bad choi...
  • “Have a Very Merry Holiday Relapse?”
    on Dec 10, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    What’s up with relapse during the very merry holiday season? Do we see more relapse because those vulnerable to addiction feel lonely and left out even downright depressed during this very merry holiday season? Do we see more relapse because many...
  • Those who can-- do; those who can do it better--Teach
    on Dec 8, 2008 in addiction therapy
    Remember the saying,"those who can, do...those who can't, teach...and those who can't teach, teach gym".It is not true. In fact it is rarely true. The truth is that those who teach are truly often the most intelligent and insightful.
  • A day of Rest
    on Dec 7, 2008 in addiction behavoir
    It's Sunday. A day of rest. Yeah right! Addiction does not take a day off. It is relentless and tireless. It never keeps moving. It never gives you a break. It wears you down and it becomes increasingly more difficult to stop the momentum. Be
  • the perfect place when you're in a bad "place"
    on Dec 6, 2008 in addiction therapy
    "Like a bridge over troubled water...". That's the way Simon and Garfunkel described it. It is the help that we can provide to those who are in need. When you are in the depths of addiction there is virtually no way to get out by yoursel