I find myself coming full circle in my career and am working with young adult men in early recovery. This has been a fascinating lesson for me in the dynamics of working with an all-male population.
"Principles over popularity" is a good rule of thumb for any addiction counselor.
Addiction harms all members of a family, even those who claim to understand the insanity of trying to rescue the addict.
The death of Robin Williams, whose portrayal of a therapist serves as a powerful model, reminds professionals of how tenuous the promise of recovery from behavioral illness can be.
Musician Travis Meadows' story serves as a reminder that every client can benefit from one recovery tool to which he/she can personally relate.
Traditional talk therapy just isn't enough when working with an addict and his/her family.
After working with chronic drug addicts and alcoholics for the last 13 years, I have learned a few things. Mostly, I’ve learned that I don’t know much.
A look into some of the main parts of Obama’s gun policy as it relates to mental health and Obamacare. Questions examined about what this means to mental health and those who work in the field.
An ABC News article brings up once again a well-documented discussion as to deciding if addiction is merely a choice or a disease. Whatever your belief is, there are several individuals, with loads and loads of evidence proving their assertion is correct. Yet while discussions continue, lives are being lost to addiction. The parents of a drug addicted child doesn’t want to hear your belief, they just want to know what they need to do to get their child back.
I am coming to realize more and more the importance of managing over-alignment of staff with clients. There are many other terms for this issue, including counter-transference, losing objectivity, co-dependency and favoritism. Let me be clear – I am not coming from a place of judgment, because I too have over-aligned with clients more times than I wish to admit.