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Book Review: Parenting the Addicted Teen Book Review: Parenting the Addicted TeenWhile parents play a critical role in a teen’s recovery from addiction, the cycle of addiction itself often disempowers the entire family in such a way that recovery and reconnection become almost impossible. In her new book, Parenting the Addicted Teen: A 5-Step Foundational Program, Barbara ...

Book Review: A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction Book Review: A Parent's Guide to Teen AddictionIt’s true in this country that we do have a war on drugs. But for many parents, that war is waging in their own home with their own teenagers. According to Laurence Westreich, MD, who is an addiction expert, father, and author of A Parent’s Guide ...

Book Review: Being Ana Book Review: Being Ana“What if I let go of it? What part of me will die?  Why can I not let go of it for anything? What part of me does this disorder define?  Who will I be without it? What will I be?  Where will I be?” These ...

Book Review: Mastering the Addicted Brain Book Review: Mastering the Addicted BrainI have worked in the substance use disorder field for about forty years. It can be a contentious field at times, with varying factions proclaiming that their way for recovery is the only way. Some go the denial-busting, “you must admit you are an addict” route. ...

Book Review: Blinded by Hope Book Review: Blinded by HopeThe words, “You’ve suffered no hardship,” ring in Meg McGuire’s ears as she watches her forty-three year old son receive a sentence to four years in prison. It is then that she realizes there are some things a mother’s love simply cannot overcome, and mental illness is ...

Book Review: Addiction Treatment Book Review: Addiction TreatmentSpanning across all socioeconomic statuses, races, cultures and ages, addiction is one of the largest and most insidious problems our society faces today. And yet, for the medical doctors who are often tasked with treating addiction, identifying and treating it is not always a straight forward ...

Book Review: The Affliction of Addiction Book Review: The Affliction of AddictionAddiction is arguably one of the largest problems we face today, and one that does not discriminate based on class, gender, or socio-economic status. In his new book, The Affliction Of Addiction: It’s Not That Complicated (Science Answers All Questions), clinical therapist Adam McArnold argues ...

Book Review: Holistic Healing for Addiction Book Review: Holistic Healing for AddictionAs someone who has finally emerged from years of self-hatred and depression fueled by personal trauma, the cover and title of the book, Holistic Healing for Drug & Alcohol Addiction: Enlivening Body, Mind and Spirit to Remedy Depression, Anxiety and Self Hate, struck me as ...

Book Review: Changing to Thrive Book Review: Changing to ThriveChange is hard. If it wasn’t, the diet pill industry alone would go out of business overnight. People who are desperate to make a change look for that quick fix solution because their past efforts have failed multiple times. In Changing to Thrive: Using the Stages ...

Book Review: 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise Book Review: 8 Keys to Mental Health Through ExerciseAccording to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. More than 80% of adults do ...

Book Review: The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin Book Review: The Big Fix: Hope After HeroinIt’s hard to watch the documentary Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street and imagine any of its five young subjects surviving past the age of thirty. Indeed, as heroin addiction has ballooned into a national epidemic, it’s hard to imagine anyone overcoming ...

Book Review: Why Can't I Stop? Book Review: Why Can't I Stop?What if you had a pint of ice cream for dinner last night and spent three hours on social media? You probably wouldn’t hear any judgment at work the next day. In fact, your colleagues might nod and smile because they’ve been there. But what ...

Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen AddictionI once read that the national cost of addiction and all of its related effects is second only to the money we spend on national defense. With this in mind, Christian Thurstone and Christine Tatum’s new book, Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction, ...

Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood AbuseBefore I became a therapist, I had a very hard time seeing how one could forgive the abuser of an innocent child. I found it almost excruciating to try to understand the mindset of the person who had harmed an innocent kid, often their own. But once I became ...

Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from Abandonment Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage & Healing from AbandonmentPicture the following scenarios: It’s late at night, and you’ve got a looming deadline for work — yet, instead of getting your work done, you’re scrolling through social media, or mindlessly watching TV. You’ve promised yourself you’d start eating more healthfully, but can’t resist that morning stop for fast ...

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