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Letter from the Editor

Josie Herndon

Winter 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!


Winter is always such a joy here in Palm Springs, but we hope that our friends in colder parts of the country are keeping cozy.

Monday, December 19, 2016 Josie Herndon Letters From The Editor
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Spotlight Article

Jessica Rodriguez, PhD, MAC, CATC-V, CTRTC, CAI, CIP, CSC, FSS

Christmas Holiday, Forgiveness and Resiliency

I neared the last day of November. The dark sky loomed at 7:00am and the rain pounded on my window, yet, in my Spirit, I heard the voice of God so clearly saying, “Share your own story of the Christmas Holiday, they want real life information.”

Saturday, December 10, 2016 Jessica Rodriguez, PhD, MAC, CATC-V, CTRTC, CAI, CIP, CSC, FSS Spotlight Article, Words of Wisdom
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Featured Articles

A New Covenant – Children of the Sun

We are born into this world as inheritors of the legacies of man. We are born of the Light of ...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Lee McCormick

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Government Helps Those Who Help Themselves

The California substance use treatment industry is under attack. An unsustainable California ...

Monday, December 12, 2016
Stampp Corbin, MBA

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Pathological Gambling: A Growing Problem

Friday-night poker games, the stock market, horse races, casinos, bingo, lottery tickets, ...

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC

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Cali Estes, MS, ICADC, CAP, CPT, CYT, IMAC

Staying Sober Through the Holidays

The Holidays are always a tough time of year for anyone who suffers from any addiction: process addictions, substance abuse, and alcoholism. ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Author: Cali Estes, MS, ICADC, CAP, CPT, CYT, IMAC
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Ray Montella, Ph.D., MFT

Three Short Stories: A Day in the Life

All year long it’s business as usual. Mom works really hard to keep the balance and peace around the house. Dad is usually in some kind of ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Author: Ray Montella, Ph.D., MFT
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Ricardo Whyte, M.D.

Can Addiction Rehabilitation Be Holistic, Comprehensive and Practical?

As an Addictionologist, I noticed that the core issues that my patients were struggling with were occurring in these 7 vital areas.  Once I ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Author: Ricardo Whyte, M.D.
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker

Fairness in the Criminal Justice System

If someone had pulled aside the signers of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago and told them that, one day, the country they founded ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Author: U.S. Senator Cory Booker
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Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADC-V, CADC III

If Cannabis is Legal Does That Mean it is Safe?

Just because cannabis is legal on the West Coast and in Colorado, that doesn't mean it is safe.  Marijuana stimulates the nucleus accumbens ...

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Author: Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADC-V, CADC III
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Harry Nelson, Esq.

The New Normal? Avoiding Risk and Preparing for Growing Scrutiny of Addiction Treatment

Recent weeks have brought headlines of law enforcement crackdowns on addiction treatment: federal, state, and local raids on sober living and ...

Monday, December 5, 2016
Author: Harry Nelson, Esq.
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It’s Still There (My Hidden Bottle)

Here is a story, Mark’s story-- his second. Struggling with addiction is not an easy thing ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
John Herdman, Ph.D., LADC, ICADC

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The GRATITUDE Challenge

Springtime is always remnant of a fresh bud, ready to bloom. It is traditionally a time of ...

Monday, September 12, 2016
Dr. Louise Stanger, E.D.D., LCSW, BRI II

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Joy Hacking and the Future of Happiness

I popped the pink pill into my mouth and waited for the expected feelings of ecstasy.  No, ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Jonathan Robinson, MA, MFT

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Book Review

In Unbinding the Heart, Agapi Stassinopoulos takes us through a personal and spiritual journey that leaves readers with a heartfelt knowing that everything will be okay. Stassinopoulos’ gift with words is apparent in this book which reads like a memoir of the spirit. A few of the featuring characters like her mother, father and sister are portrayed in the many dimensions that they deserve. But at the same time, each one furthers the narrative toward one inevitable message: with a positive and grateful spirit, anyone can live their fullest life.

An exciting personal adventure, Unbinding the Heart also takes us through Agapi’s earlier years - the acting years. Agapi’s life as an actress, before she became a well-known speaker and writer, could be book of its own.

The drama that unfolds between Stassinopoulos’s parents is disheartening given that readers might fall in love with this family right at the outset. Also, some less kind characters make an appearance only to irk us. But with a wise and loving Stassinopoulos as the narrator absorbing and reflecting upon each adventure, readers are able to meet every disappointment and conflict with optimism.