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Learning and Growing from Our Past

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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So many of are plagued by painful past experiences. Regardless of what happened, we can find ourselves stuck in the past. This creates much sober suffering (a wonderful term coined by Fred Holmquist). We end up reacting the present though it were our past. When we are stuck in the past we can’t deal well with what is going on now. This is what creates our sober suffering.

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Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Impacted by SPECT Imagery

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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If your son or daughter has a substance abuse disorder and is given a dual diagnosis for a mental health issue, how do you know if the psychiatrist has made the correct diagnosis? Most often the doctor will listen to the patient, look for symptom clusters, make a diagnosis, and prescribe a medication or medications for the patient. The problem here is that psychiatrists don’t look at the problem; they guess! All other doctors look inside of the patient, to see what the problem is; they test and see what is actually happening to the patient in function and structure. Psychiatrists take out their crystal ball and they guess what the problem could be, without actually looking inside the brain. They are treating patients the same way that they were in 1818 when German physician Johann Christian Reil coined the term “psychiatry.”

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Rethinking Triple Threat

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Categories: Dual Diagnosis
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I recently received a flood of web inquiries and phone messages from folks seeking help. Here is a sample: 

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Letter From The Editor

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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We’re in the middle of winter in the desert and it’s been cold… 47 degrees cold. But, on the bright side, we have had some wonderful rain and California is no longer in a drought. What a blessing! The desert floor has gone from dry brown to lush green. Icing on the cake is that the desert flowers that usually bloom a bit later are already beginning to rise up from the ground...

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Sex Addiction

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Categories: Other Addictions
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He never laughed and he barely smiled, a grin perhaps, for cover. He went through the motions, where activities in this impoverished little world of his were repetitive and ritualized, and he would employ people (often for money) to forget the misery for a moment’s relief. It was not about relating, loving, caring, or sharing fun, but rather performing a function, where bodies were revealed, while the souls remained hidden, an interchange of physical signs of aliveness without any indication of emotion in spite of some hopelessness, expressed by shamelessness and irresistible motions.

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Reefer Madness: Is Life Imitating Art?

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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Some of us remember the 1936 film, Reefer Madness. It was intentionally created to be dramatic to capture the audience’s attention as it states in the opening. That’s right. There was a new drug that was slated to destroy the youth.  When the drug ”Marijuana” was used, people experienced laughter, an inability to direct thoughts, errors in time and space and emotional disturbances ending in violence and incurable insanity. Most marijuana users have made reference to the movie as the laughable benchmark of propaganda. Pete Nielsen, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Chief Executive Officer, and I were talking about how times have changed, and that maybe now, life is imitating art as he put it.

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Perceptions of Protection

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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The first movie scene that pops into my head when I think of Truth is that emotional scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in a Few Good Men.  Cruise, the Navy JAG lawyer says “I Want the Truth.”  The Commander replies “You Can’t Handle the Truth.”  Well, I disagree with the Commander.  We are not just a few good men, we are several hundred thousand clinicians, CEOs and advocates within the substance use disorder (“SUD”) field who are committed to helping the people who need hope and healing who can handle the truth, and who search for truth and higher purpose.

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Does It Make Your Heart Sing?

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Categories: Words of Wisdom
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Does It Make Your Heart Sing?

Does it make my heart sing, has been my guiding mantra for most of my life. It’s been that call to remember that what my heart wants is more important than what my head might say.

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Changing Lives... With Marketing?

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Author: West Jones
Categories: Marketing
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If you're reading this article in hopes of getting more calls, increasing your income, and growing your client list [with the whole ‘changing lives’ thing just as a bonus] in order to make your admissions quota-- stop right here. This article isn’t for you.

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The Miracle Makers Club

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
Author: Deepak
Categories: Book Store
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The Miracle Makers Club
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