Kim Dennis's picture

Advice for women on responsible alcohol consumption

Kim Dennis MD, CEDS
Medical Director and CEO
Ester Nicholson's picture

Tips for staying sober and drug-free over the holidays

Ester Nicholson
Addiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery
Ester Nicholson's picture

Understanding the problem behind addiction as a mental obsession

Ester Nicholson
Addiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery
Margaux Machat's picture

How to choose the right sober coach for alcohol treatment

Margaux Machat
Sober Coach/ Organic Chemist in a fellowship with the NIH for Md/PhD
Arturo C. Taca's picture

How medicine and therapy can help alcohol cravings and withdrawal

Arturo C. Taca, Jr. MD
Medical Director at INSynergy Treatment Program
Ben Brafman's picture

Learn how to be around alcohol without relapsing

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP
CEO/Founder and Clinical Director
Ben Brafman's picture

How to quit alcohol on your own and stay sober

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP
CEO/Founder and Clinical Director
Ben Brafman's picture

After a relapse get back to recovery and staying sober

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP
CEO/Founder and Clinical Director
DeAnna Jordan's picture

How to stay sober during the holidays

DeAnna Jordan
Clinical Director
Adi Jaffe's picture

Stay sober even after having a drug or alcohol relapse

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a serious disease that affects the addict themselves, their family, friends, job, and anything and everything around them. Getting and staying sober means recognizing that you are an alcoholic first, and then working towards cutting out drinking and unhealthy habits surrounding your drinking. If your loved one has an alcohol addition, it may mean that you need to help convince them of their problem through an intervention, and then help them find a treatment center that is able to individualize a treatment program to fit their needs. Look to the expert advice in our Alcohol section written by qualified therapists, addiction counselors, psychologists, and substance abuse and treatment center specialists that have years of experience treating alcohol abuse whether for teens or adults.

Advice for women on responsible alcohol consumption

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?

Kim Dennis MD, CEDSMedical Director and CEO

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

Understanding the problem behind addiction as a mental obsession

Ester Nicholson Addiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery Soul Recovery

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.

Ester NicholsonAddiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery

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

How medicine and therapy can help alcohol cravings and withdrawal

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.

Arturo C. Taca, Jr. MDMedical Director at INSynergy Treatment Program

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

How to quit alcohol on your own and stay sober

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP CEO/Founder and Clinical Director The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program

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, LMC, CAPCEO/Founder and Clinical Director

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

How to stay sober during the holidays

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.

DeAnna JordanClinical Director

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

Stay sober and beat your addiction with a few simple lifestyle changes

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. BrandlerEdS CAS SAP

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

Help a loved one through alcohol treatment for a chance at recovery

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, M.A., CCJP, LMFT, LPCCLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

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 can help you beat drug and alcohol addiction

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 DanielsPresident/CEO

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

How to stop your drinking problem

Mark Myers LCSW, CADC Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Myers Counseling Group

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 LCSW, CADCLicensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

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

Tips for staying sober and drug-free over the holidays

Ester Nicholson Addiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery Soul Recovery

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the cost and consequences of substance, gambling, sex, food and other addiction places an enormous burden on American society. Due to its scale and prevalence, it is often referred to as the nation’s number one health problem. Addiction strains the economy, the health care system and the criminal justice system while threatening job security, public safety, social, marital and family life.

Ester NicholsonAddiction and Dependence Specialist / 28 years of Recovery

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

How to choose the right sober coach for alcohol treatment

Margaux Machat Sober Coach/ Organic Chemist in a fellowship with the NIH for Md/PhD Bleach Treatment

Taking the first step to getting sober can often be a difficult thing to do. Fortunately, with the help of a sober coach you can find the support you need to get through this stressful time. Whether you have a history of alcoholism, problems with family and friends, or just don’t want to be an alcoholic anymore, a sober coach is there to help guide you through the process of choosing a treatment center, finding an individualized treatment program, going to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, and be your advocate for staying sober when you feel like having a drink.

Margaux MachatSober Coach/ Organic Chemist in a fellowship with the NIH for Md/PhD

Margaux Machat is a phi theta kappa honors student, biochemistry and psychology major in Bridges to the Future, which is a MD/Ph.D. program that is funded by the National Institute of Health. She currently is in a fellowship with Dr. Carlos Guti...

View Full Profile

Learn how to be around alcohol without relapsing

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP CEO/Founder and Clinical Director The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program

The best option for recovering alcoholics is to completely remove yourself from any environment that includes alcohol. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to do so, especially over the long term. So, it’s important for those in recovery to know how to be around high risk situations without relapsing. Although it may be challenging, it is certainly possible.

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAPCEO/Founder and Clinical Director

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

After a relapse get back to recovery and staying sober

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAP CEO/Founder and Clinical Director The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, Destination Hope: The Women’s Program

Relapse is a part of recovery that many addicts and alcoholics may face at some point. Although it’s best to avoid relapse by implementing sound relapse prevention strategies, it’s also critical to know how to pick yourself up if it happens. Relapse shouldn’t be viewed as a failure, but rather a stumbling block on your long-term path to sobriety.

Ben Brafman, LMC, CAPCEO/Founder and Clinical Director

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

Stay sober even after having a drug or alcohol relapse

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Executive Director Alternatives Addiction Treatment

A relapse is not the end of the road. In fact, it may be just what you needed. If you find yourself having a relapse, don’t feel like you are a failure. Get back on track to being sober. If you need a little help, here is some expert advice.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.Co-Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010. Even before he graduated Dr. Jaffe’s name had become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic ...

View Full Profile

Provide support to a spouse entering an alcohol treatment program

Having a loved one that is struggling with alcoholism can be one of the most difficult and challenging times in the relationship. Giving your spouse the support and remaining strong yourself is integral when wanting to help your spouse get the treatment and care that they may or may not be ready to seek. The reality is, you may be successful in helping your spouse go into treatment, however it is really their journey and work to apply and maintain recovery as part of their lifestyle change.

Lisa Bahar, M.A., CCJP, LMFT, LPCCLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

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

Help strengthen your chances of staying sober through recovery

Super Star Motivational speaker, recording artist, author, life coach for teens and columnist

The disease of addiction can be debilitating if left untreated. And it doesn’t just affect the person with the disorder, it can also affect those around them. Friends and family are especially prone to being negatively impacted by the roll-off effects of the behaviors that surface from this ‘thinking’ disease. For example, it’s common to make empty promises or to not be emotionally or physically present with others when in active addiction. While in that moment, the person may want to sincerely follow through with their words.

Super Star Motivational speaker, recording artist, author, life coach for teens and columnist

Super Star, yes that’s his legal name, was once a former owner/president of a successful, cutting-edge computer consulting firm who lost it all to a 15 year drug addiction. Today, he is a sought after motivational speaker, recording artist, an a...

View Full ProfileRecent Articles

Parenting advice to help your teen stay sober

It is important for parents to understand that alcohol abuse at all ages is the #1 drug problem in the U.S. The most important step to keeping your teen sober is how a parent responds to the discovery that your teen has drank. Clear and strong consequences must be given at the first sign of teen drinking. The control and atmosphere about drinking you set in your home is crucial to keeping your teen sober.

Dr. John E. MayerClinical Psychologist

Dr. Mayer is a national expert on teens and families. He has written over 20 books and over 60 scientific articles, most on helping teens and families. His latest non-fiction book, Family Fit- 2nd Edition will be available soon from Healthy Lear...

View Full Profile