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Archives for January, 2014

Recovery

Intervention and Addiction Case Management: An interview with Cindy Feinberg

Cindy Feinberg is a recovery coach and addiction case manager in New York City. She and her staff are committed to helping addicts and their families move toward recovery and a better life. She coordinates on an ongoing basis referrals to treatment specialists (treatment centers, therapists, interventionists, sober companions, MDs, and the like), at the same time managing all other...
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Recovery

A Call to Action: One Way to Make Treatment Feel Safer

Dealing with Shame and Vulnerability

Few places call upon people to be more vulnerable, more often, than addiction and behavioral/mental health treatment settings. Complicating matters is the fact that people who enter treatment for addiction or any other highly destructive psychiatric disorder are nearly always filled with shame - feeling as if they are inherently flawed, defective, less than, and unworthy. Sharing about these feelings and...
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Addictions

Spotting Active Addiction in Friends, Family, and Clients

Addiction: The Myth

Addicts are very easy to spot. They are those dirty, smelly, unkempt men hanging out under bridges, in front of convenience stores, in back alleys, and in all the other unsavory places that “healthy” people never go. Addicts sleep in the gutter. Addicts get arrested a lot. Addicts are completely estranged from their families. Addicts definitely do not have jobs. Nor do they have friends.

Addiction: The...
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Addictions

Behavioral Addictions: A Basic Understanding

Who is the Addict?


Devon is 22 years old. He started drinking alcohol and smoking pot in his early teens. At first this was a way to socialize, but soon he was isolating in his bedroom with the door locked - getting high, listening to music, and playing video games. His grades dropped, he fell away from his friends, and he lost interest in sports, girls, and other activities. Now he...
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