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Addiction Centers San Diego

Musings on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

As an avid watcher of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (I’ve been a fan since his segments on The Daily Show), it was an interesting experience to have him do one of his epic takedowns on MY industry. I’ve …

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Alternative Therapies in Recovery

Cross Addiction, Other Substances or Behaviors

Often people will seek treatment with a desire to stop the most problematic substance, not wanting to address other substances or problematic behaviors. This often becomes an issue due to relapse of the original substance or the potential for more …

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Willingness and Holistic Recovery

Willingness

“Willingness” is an integral part of recovery. “Willingness” means that you are willing to open up, let go and try something you’ve never tried before. “Willingness” means going to meetings when you don’t feel like it. It means putting yourself …

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Neurogenesis and Addiction Treatment

Neurogenesis and Addiction Treatment

Many perspectives try to explain addiction. One such perspective views addiction as fundamentally an impulse control disorder. While a bit of an oversimplification, the view argues that there comes a moment, usually as a craving climaxes, that someone decides whether …

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Gaining Back Trust

Gaining Back Trust

In active addiction, people tend to severely damage the trust in relationships with friends and family. Lying, manipulating, and stealing are common behaviors of someone misusing substances. These behaviors can destroy the foundation upon which a healthy relationship is built. …

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Relapse Prevention and Abstinence Self–Efficacy

Some researchers in the field of addictive behaviors have focused on the concept of “Abstinence self–efficacy”, which is defined as the confidence to abstain from using alcohol or drugs in different situations. Multiple research studies have identified increased abstinence self–efficacy …

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Congress Overwhelmingly Passed the Cures Act

Congress Overwhelmingly Passed the Cures Act

Congress overwhelmingly passed the Cures Act this week, a bill allotting additional funding for mental health issues and specifically for addiction treatment. Highlighted on NPR, this is the biggest mental health care act to be passed since Parity legislation in …

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Keep on Trying in Recovery

This Again….

In my work with residents at AToN Center they are often faced with the frustration of having their addiction appear and reappear and re-reappear. This ongoing struggle often leads to a sense of entitlement with the belief that “I should …

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Cross Addiction Treatment

Cross Addictions

Cross addiction means exchanging, substituting, or transferring one harmful dependency for another. Addiction is a learned behavior. Individuals learn that they can avoid negative states or achieve positive states by taking a substance or engaging in a certain behavior. Once …

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