Tag Archives: Substance Abuse

Addiction and Recovery (Part 4) – Co-Dependence

For a family member or friend of an alcoholic or addict, life can feel like a non-stop roller coaster ride. When we are emotionally attached to someone whose life has been rendered unmanageable by addiction, our own life can become … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery Part 3: “By Any Means Necessary”

First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous (the book from which the Twelve Step fellowship got its name) says that alcoholism and other addictions are “cunning, baffling, powerful.” Because of the Hydra-headed nature of addiction, treatment for it and recovery from … Continue reading

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Addiction and Recovery Part 2: The Healing Power of Community

In addiction one’s life becomes narrowed, controlled and eventually (if not treated) destroyed by the compulsive pursuit of a sensation, behavior or relationship. It is characterized by: Tolerance (always needing more) Withdrawal symptoms Self-deception Loss of willpower Distortion of attention … Continue reading

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Why Therapy Now?

One of the first questions I ask new clients is, “What prompted you to begin the process of therapy now?”  Here are some common reasons why you may feel motivated to begin the process of therapy: You are in a … Continue reading

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