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Archives for March, 2012


Hiring Employees In Recovery: A Business Advantage?

It may seem counterintuitive that people whose lives were once dominated by drugs or alcohol could turn around and become a company’s most valuable asset. Yet many corporate executives have discovered that giving recovering addicts a second chance at success is more than charitable outreach to a disadvantaged group; it's good business.

Because a career in the field of addiction treatment is a logical choice for many recovering addicts, I’ve had the opportunity...
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Emotional Trauma: An Often Overlooked Root of Addiction

Although often overlooked, emotional trauma lies at the heart of many types of addictions. Our recognition of trauma as a root cause of addiction isn’t new. Since the 1970s, treatment professionals have understood the role of trauma in the development of substance abuse disorders and relapse.

But in recent years, there has been a welcomed resurgence in awareness and treatment of trauma as a co-occurring disorder.

Research Links Addiction and Trauma

Last week, a...
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A Message That Can’t Be Repeated Enough: People Do Recover From Addiction

There are so many tragic stories in the field of addiction, and no shortage of onlookers who are drawn to the shock and awe of addicts’ war stories. It’s easy to lose sight of the brighter side of the story: Treatment works and people do recover.

This was the message of a survey released last week by The Partnership at and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS),...
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The Challenges Of Treating High-Functioning Addicts (And How To Overcome Them)

High-functioning alcoholics and addicts are hard to get into treatment, and pose unique treatment challenges once they arrive. What makes the high-functioning addict so difficult to reach?

Challenge #1: Denial

Denial is perhaps the greatest obstacle to getting a high-functioning addict into treatment. High-functioning addicts are often intelligent and persuasive, characteristics that are used by the disease to justify maintaining their addiction. Because they do not fit the stereotype of a drug addict, feel...
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How To Help The Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

In an ideal world, every addict that arrives in drug rehab would be cognizant of their disease and determined to get well. But when dealing with addiction, ideal situations are rare.

There is ongoing debate about whether an addict who doesn’t want help can be helped. Many believe that only the addict can help themselves. They have to want to quit. But in...
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