• Jeff-Jay
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    1. How did you become a Clinical Interventionist? I’m an intervention story myself. A family intervention got me into treatment back in 1981, so intervention literally saved my life. Then, in the early 90’s, when I was sober 11 years and working as a certified addictions counselor for 7 years, I started specializing in intervention. ...
  • Mothers Addiction Saved My Life
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    By Jacqueline Cooper “I keep having these moments where I feel like I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I just want to grab as many of those moments as I possibly can.” I believe most people are linked to addiction in one way or another. However, my story starts at age 8 with ...
  • Assessing Teens
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    Elizabeth Escobar Highlights Key Treatment Considerations for Those Working with Adolescent Clients Assessing teens for an appropriate level of care, as well as addressing treatment issues once admitted, is both a science and an art.  In this article we will look at the science behind diagnosis and level of care assessment as well as interaction ...
  • True cost of Taking Drugs
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    Marked increase in young people who have developed depressive and anxiety disorders as a result of drug use 25% of chronic paranoid psychoses is marijuana-induced Young people focus on the short-term physical effects of drugs This is at the expense of understanding the long-term effects of drug use on mental health With the recent spike ...
  • Setting up Treatment in Thailand
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    From Granite Buildings to Tropical Climes – Martin Peters reflects on the challenges for the sector and the very real benefits of working in Thailand in a treatment environment unfettered by ‘tradition’. I am often asked how I ended up working in Thailand… My journey has been somewhat different from many clinicians in the field ...
  • Can You Pass The Ketamine
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    Can You Pass The Ketamine? Michael Hebb charts the development of his ‘dinner’ initiative and outlines the thinking behind the idea and the simplicity of its goals…. On August 24th, 2013 a little project called Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death launched a website: www.deathoverdinner.org. There were no press releases, no staff, and a ...
  • Bereavement in Recovery
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    Facing Bereavement in Recovery Chula Goonewardene writes about the unparalleled pain of losing his father within the context of his own recovery In early February 2015, my Father passed away, quite unexpectedly, and the emotional pain I have felt is like nothing else I have ever felt before. I spent many years of active addiction ...
  • Assessing Teens
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    Assessing Teenagers (part 1): how do you get to know them when they don’t know themselves? By Elizabeth Escobar & Kathryn Staron “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, famously written by the actor and former rapper Will Smith, captures the mentality of our youth today. When assessing teenagers we want them to feel heard and understood. Working ...
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    How The Family Can Hurt or Help: Teen Substance Abuse-Prevention & Treatment Options. Part 1 By Elisabeth Escobar & Kathryn Staron A family component to substance abuse treatment is imperative. While certain aspects of the disease of addiction are still unexplained, there are multiple treatment options (12 steps, abstinence based vs. harm reduction and faith-based ...
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    To coincide with the 5th  REEL Recovery Film festival and symposia, we publish an excerpt from the new  book by  William G. Borchert  – Writer of My Name is Bill W Bill will be in New York City this weekend at the 5th Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium as a featured speaker where ...