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Letter from the Editors

Josie Herndon

Letter from the Editor

Fall 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues:


Can you believe it's the end of September? Where has the year gone? I trust everybody had a blessed summer. Jim and I went on a spiritual journey in June and vacationed in August.
Sunday, August 14, 2016 Josie Herndon Letters From The Editor
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Spotlight Article

Rosemary Ellsworth Brown

A New Look at the Origins of Addiction

By Rosemary Ellsworth Brown, PhD, with Laura MacKay

Where does addiction come from? The answer has deep implications for treatment, obviously. It's my belief that addiction is learned, which means it can be unlearned.
Monday, September 12, 2016 Rosemary Ellsworth Brown Family System, Recovery, Spotlight Article
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Featured Articles

The GRATITUDE Challenge

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

Tuesday, September 13, 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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What's Wrong with Rehab?

The rehab industry is currently under a microscope. It’s not a super high tech ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Reef Karim, D.O.

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John Herdman, Ph.D., LADC, ICADC

It’s Still There (My Hidden Bottle)

Here is a story, Mark’s story-- his second. Struggling with addiction is not an easy thing to do. From a cognitive-behavioral therapy point ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: John Herdman, Ph.D., LADC, ICADC
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Herb Kaighan

Open Letter to AA GSO Leadership and AA Board of Trustees

Atlanta was my first International AA Conference; we celebrated AA’s 80th birthday. At the same time, my family and I celebrated my 75th ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: Herb Kaighan
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Stampp Corbin

Strength in Numbers

The substance use treatment industry has developed very quickly since the advent of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: Stampp Corbin
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Michelle Castillo

Soul Vitamins, A Poem

This poem is about the human experience. The feelings we all feel after we have separated from another soul. I wrote this on the day I finally ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: Michelle Castillo
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Samira Noorali, J.D.

Poetry in Performance: Shadow

The spoken word piece, “Shadow” is a journey, a revelation, and an introduction to the many characters that make up a single person. ...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Author: Samira Noorali, J.D.
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Susan Jackson, MFT, MS

The Family Scrimmage: The Daily Reality of the Addictive Family

Working with addictive family’s for many years I have found that there are seven major realities that impact the family’s recovery. ...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Author: Susan Jackson, MFT, MS
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I believe a common denominator underlying addiction is either the loss of or lack of ever ...

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Stephen Sideroff

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Malibu Beach Recovery Center®, Joan Borsten

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Pills, Policy and Rehab: The Business of Addiction

Pills, Policy, and Rehab: The Business of Addiction features academy award winning actor Eric Roberts, politician Paul Chabot and advocate Bob Bowerman in a heated debate on the harsh realities of rehab. They cover everything from the prescription pill epidemic, to living in an altered society, escapism, the challenges of leaving rehab, support systems, and the question of whether rehab even works.

Book Review

The memoir, Falling Up, is full of scrumptious moments even though “trauma and trouble always bubbled near the surface” in Louise Stanger’s life. Stanger asserts she is a “nonlinear” thinker at the outset of the book and demonstrates exactly that in form and content. Vivid vignettes of the author’s life as a therapist, a mother, a daughter, a resilient survivor of an addictive family, and a teacher seem to appear out of thin air. But Stanger’s intimate and sudden portraits of daughters, mentors, friends, exes and addiction-ridden parents weave to form an intricate tapestry that is all too familiar.

Throughout the memoir, Stanger hopscotches through time, touching upon various phases of her life and relationships. She starts with her father’s death, which we quickly learn is a suicide. A nanny helps a seven year-old Stanger make sense of the tragedy, while a particular playground stinker brings up some religious complications with her father’s flight to heaven. Stanger eventually learns that her family history of hopelessness and suicide spans at least two generations.

Falling Up uncovers how Stanger untethered herself from a tragic past and discovered her resiliency. While the style is rich and the story is full of dysfunction, this book contains compassionate portrayals of characters and events. It also offers a courageous and insightful take on addictions and codependency, nudging readers to take control of their own life story.

Book Review

Dr. Brown, illustrates the key elements of the “Brown Method” in this book through storytelling and personal revelations. Reaching the heart of the reader through this “divinely inspired” text, she confirms what was learned in her years of research: That single addiction is a symptom of Emotional Dependency, a much greater iceberg.

This text, as Brown puts it, is perhaps the “missing chapter” of the recovery bible. With the 12-steps serving as the keystone, Brown has evolved the popular program to meet the needs of today’s individual - the individual who wants to be free from all addictions not just the one that they started treatment with.

Addiction is the Symptom clearly lays out Brown’s approach, which makes a few simple but essential language modifications to the Big Book’s twelve steps. It also brings a new sense of reverence to Step Four by expanding it and making it the central piece of the program.