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Letter from the Editor

Josie Herndon

Letter From The Editor

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...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Josie Herndon Letters From The Editor
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Spotlight Article

Allen Berger, Ph.D.

Learning and Growing from Our Past

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Allen Berger, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Spotlight Article, Trauma & Family Systems
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Featured Articles

Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Impacted by ...

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Rev. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., DCC, DDVA, DLC, DD, NCIP, NCAMP, IMAC

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Rethinking Triple Threat

I recently received a flood of web inquiries and phone messages from folks seeking help. Here is ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF. CIP

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Sex Addiction

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Jasmin Rogg, M.A., M.F.T.

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Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II

Reefer Madness: Is Life Imitating Art?

Some of us remember the 1936 film, Reefer Madness. It was intentionally created to be dramatic to capture the audience’s attention as it ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Author: Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II
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Renee Popovits J.D.

Perceptions of Protection

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 ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Author: Renee Popovits J.D.
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Dr. Joan Hangarter, D.C., M.S.

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 ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Author: Dr. Joan Hangarter, D.C., M.S.
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West Jones

Changing Lives... With Marketing?

If you're reading this article in hopes of getting more calls, increasing your income, and growing your client list [with the whole ...

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Author: West Jones
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Author: Joan Borsten
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Herb Kaighan

How Does the Program Really Work?

My previous article was “When Did Meetings Become the Program?” This article addresses my understanding and experience of how the ...

Friday, February 24, 2017
Author: Herb Kaighan
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Book Review

Natural Rest for Addiction: A Revolutionary Way To Recover by Scott Kiloby, J.D. is truly a breath of fresh air.

Throughout this book, Kiloby emphasizes that the concept of “natural rest” is... just what it says it is. It is neither forced relaxation, nor a specialized method of relaxation. It is merely settling into a natural state of being. This book demonstrates how one can use this deceptively simple tactic not only to feel relief from cravings of all kinds, but also to generate feelings of self-compassion. And the best part is... there are no side effects to natural rest.

This book does not suggest that people opt into a new system for recovery, but inevitably will help readers to create a system that works for them. While Natural Rest for Addiction has been divided into chapters, it is best read paragraph by paragraph. As the author suggests, slowly digesting the wisdom contained within will allow one to experience the best results. Also, experiencing the book in small pieces will make it easier to apply natural rest and to more firmly establish a foundation for recovery.

Book Review

The Miracle Makers Club by Joan Hangarter, D.C., is replete with inspiration and wisdom. Through a story of great financial loss and severe physical injury stemming from a car collision, Hangarter weaves in a tale of restoration and healing as well as advice for readers.

While we’re all excited to jump into miracle-making action, Hangarter makes clear that miracles don't just happen through action. You have to change your thoughts and create a shift in the body as well. We learn from this text that getting into the miracle mindset requires that one think and do what's necessary to create stronger beliefs in what seem like far-fetched possibilities. The workbook pages in the book help to make that miracle mindset both a comfortable state of being and a process.

Lucky for those who aren’t used to thinking in terms of “miracles,” the author briefly explains what exactly a miracle is it how the word has been applied in history. She also helps to readers to realize how they are already in the process of miracle making. According to Hangarter, it also helps to clean up the “dark clouds” that prevent this ultra positive mindset from fully activating. Don't worry, there are workbook pages for that process!

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.