Therapist Office“I know many very well-qualified therapists, people whom I would trust to treat my friends and family, who forget everything they know about human beings once a person with an addiction walks into their offices.”                                                -Lance Dodes, MD

I sure found this to be true too many times. What’s also unfortunate is how even friends and family throw common courtesy, respect of another human being, confidentiality, boundaries. . . so many elements of a caring, supportive relationship to the wind as soon as they decide that “we have an addiction problem”.

More- Do’s and Don’ts in Psychotherapy for People Who Have Addictions

I’m so glad to have found this program! The training is great, too!


Thought provoking interview with a neuroscientist about whether addiction is a disease or a compulsive behavior that has been over-learned.

“Behaviors can become compulsive and hard to control but that doesn’t make it a disease.” Rather, it makes it a kind of automatic response tendency that’s been over-learned.

Why Addiction is not a Disease

If you are not ready to totally abstain, you can at least minimize the risk to your health, career and relationships by utilizing at least some of the elements of Harm Reduction. Here is a brief introduction, then additional short videos explain each element. 

coffee_maker_donutsIn 2006, one of the most prestigious scientific research organizations in the world, the Cochrane Collaboration, conducted a review of the many studies conducted between 1966 and 2005 and reached a stunning conclusion:

No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA” in treating alcoholism.

This group reached the same conclusion about professional AA-oriented treatment (12-step facilitation therapy, or TSF), which is the core of virtually every alcoholism-rehabilitation program in the country. (More at The Pseudo-science of AA)

Thank goodness, as more studies show the ineffectiveness of the old 12-Step model, new ways to support recovery are demonstrating high success rates, like SMART Recovery USA. We need many more meetings to be available all over the country, so I encourage you to take advantage of the facilitator training. It’s very informative.

Have you found this to be true, that it’s the 3rd drink that does you in? I have. After the second drink, sometimes I wonder why I ordered the third drink, but by the time it’s gone, I want another and another.3 glasses of wine

These are 33 reasons that third drink literally ruins your life:

33. Because three drinks turn into twelve.

It’s that one little drink that opens the floodgates to hell.

32. Because the third drink releases “Drunk You.”

Sober You has left the building and your evil twin has arrived.

31. Because it’s the moment you stop caring.

After three drinks, nothing else matters besides more drinks.

Need to read the rest??

Mother Drinking

A terrifying new “legal high” has hit our streets. Methyl-carbonol, known by the street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancers, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next fix – even letting their kids go hungry or beating up their partners to obtain money. Casual users can go into blind rages when they’re high, and police have reported a huge increase in crime where the drug is being used. Worst of all, drinks companies are adding “wiz” to fizzy drinks and advertising them to kids like they’re plain Coca-Cola. Two or three teenagers die from it every week overdosing on a binge, and another 10 from having accidents caused by reckless driving. “Wiz” is a public menace – when will the Home Secretary think of the children and make this dangerous substance Class A?

This is a realistic look at the health and societal effects of alcohol-If Alcohol Were Discovered Today, Would it be Legal?


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