Alcoholism is escalating in every female age group. Perhaps the greatest reason for this is the fact that alcohol is legal and is viewed by many as a benign substance. To a large degree, alcohol, unlike illegal substances, enjoys across-the-board social approval. Indeed, when is wine, beer, or even hard liquor not an expected part of a celebration or special event?
Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she superv...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Addiction is actually the result of a confluence of causes operating on multiple levels. There are so many layers to the problem, with the common presentation of chemical dependence representing only five percent of cases. The other ninety-five percent are buried deep in our culture, our worldview, our lives and our subconscious. Most people only see the external effects of dependent behavior, and think that’s all there is to it.
Healing comes from looking in the mirror and facing the truth. Twenty-five years ago, when Ester Nicholson looked in the mirror, she saw a broken young woman—a teenaged mom hopelessly addicted to crack, food, abusive relationships, anything ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
When Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and 12 Step models were introduced for treatment for alcoholism in 1937, treatment was mainly limited to mutual self-help groups. Alcohol and drug treatment has now evolved from a non-medical approach to a very sophisticated and integrated system relying on several medical specialties and disciplines developing the new Standard of Care. New policies for alcohol treatment, developed through research, support the use of FDA medications combined with counseling.
Dr.Taca brings to INSynergy a wealth of experience in addiction medicine. Dr. Taca is a Diplomate and Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine as well as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Taca has been the...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Deciding to quit alcohol is a big decision and it shows that you’re ready to make a positive change in your life. But there can be a big gap between wanting to quit and knowing how to start. There are things you can do on your own to support your journey through recovery, both in the short term and well into the future.
Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, is the Clinical Director, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a nationally recognized substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With more than two decades of hands-on experience...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Holidays can be a mixed blessing for some people, especially if you’re early on in recovery. As a holiday gift, start thinking about Melodie Beattie’s idea, “Recovery is not solely about stopping the pain. Recovery is about learning to make ourselves feel better; then it’s about making ourselves feel good.”
How can you make it through the holidays not just maintaining your sobriety, but truly enjoying yourself, as well? Here is some expert advice to make that possible.
I have has always been committed to helping those in recovery and have worked in recovery services for over 20 years. I received my bachelors’ degree from University of California in Irvine and did my post-graduate work at Centaur University...View Full Profile
Addiction is a tough problem to recover from. Millions recover from it each year and enjoy happy and rewarding lives. In order to be successful at it, a few strategies will make your life easier. Try this simple advice to succeed in your recovery.
Jeffrey M. Brandler, EdS CAS SAP Jeffrey M. Brandler has worked with individuals, couples and families for the past 29 years. He has worked in hospitals and agencies, and for the past 22 years has maintained a successful private practice in ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Having a loved one that is ready to address the problem of alcohol dependence has its set of challenges for the family faced with a life threatening disease. This can range in problems with convincing them to go to treatment, to how to help them while they are in rehab. To help assist families of alcoholics that have made a commitment to enter a recovery program, follow this expert advice to make it less stressful and more successful.
Lisa Bahar is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, having received her graduate degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and her Ba...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Holistic treatment programs involve treating the mind, body, and spirit by implementing several different modalities to heal the whole person, not just the addiction. It is a common misconception that holistic treatment focuses entirely on alternative methods. It is also a misconception that a holistic approach cannot work with a 12 Step approach. A truly holistic program will allow an individual to incorporate 12 Step principles into their treatment plan. Follow this expert advice for help on getting holistic treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
Justin began his career owning and operating a disaster restoration business. His ServiceMaster franchises were located in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. His companies aided in the restoration of the Pentagon after 9/11 and the hurricanes i...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
There is never a line that is drawn that clearly defines someone as being a problem drinker or alcoholic. Each person is unique in their own way as is each drinking problem is unique in it’s own way. For individuals contemplating a decision to stop, this decision could be a struggle. There is always going to be some subjectivity involved in evaluating the problem. The process could include some back and forth on whether to stop or not. Once a decision is made to stop, that journey as well is filled with struggles.
Mark Myers received his Master of Social Work Degree from Loyola University. He has been practicing in the helping profession for over 20 years. He is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles