September is National Recovery Month

September 4th, 2019 // // Tags: , , ,

Every September for the past 30 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has sponsored Recovery Month. This important national observance is aimed at...

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The Hollower: Childhood Emotional Neglect and Its Effects

March 7th, 2019 // // Tags: , , , , ,

Here’s an irony for you: neglect is neglected. In discussions of childhood maltreatment, neglect hovers in the background, included categorically (“abuse and neglect”) but rarely the main focus...

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Growing Up in the Shadow of Addiction

February 11th, 2019 // // Tags: , , , ,

Children who grow up with addiction and the relational trauma that surrounds it can carry the imprint of that pain for the rest of their lives. And...

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‘Tis the season of celebration

December 19th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

‘Tis the season of celebration. The landscape of our everyday lives is transformed with the glow of candles, jingle of bells, fragrance of pine and spice, wrapping...

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9th Western Conference – Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders

October 4th, 2018 // // Tags: ,

Join us on November 8th - 10th at Newport Beach California for a conference on behavioral health and addictive behaviors.   (more…)

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The Use of Psychodrama in the Treatment of Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Children of Adverse Experiences

August 16th, 2018 // // Tags: ,

All or nothing tends to characterize the family that has contained trauma and/or addiction. The tendency to cycle back and forth between black-and-white in thinking, feeling and...

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The Trauma/Addiction Cycle

June 13th, 2018 // // Tags: , , ,

Addiction encourages trauma and trauma can encourage addiction. This process becomes a vicious circle or negative feedback loop, with trauma contributing to addiction, which in turn fuels...

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Growing Up With An Addicted Parent

April 12th, 2018 // // Tags: , ,

I remember as a twelve year old, sitting alone in our living room after one of our by then typical family meltdowns …….trying to make sense of the...

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Alcohol Awareness Month: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a rite of passage”

April 11th, 2018 // // Tags: , , ,

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) is promoting their 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness month this April.  The theme for this year encompasses the idea...

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Dr. Jerry Law appears on House Calls with Dr. Connie Mariano

March 19th, 2018 // // Tags: ,

Dr. Jerry Law, senior fellow at The Meadows, discusses the dangers of this addiction and how it can slowly take over your life on Dr. Connie Mariano’s...

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