Addiction Counselors Should Become Familiar with “Recovery”

What are some things an addiction professional can do to become familiar with “Recovery”?  Suggestions include: Attend open meetings (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, etc.)Read the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book” and the Narcotics Anonymous Basic TextListen to recovery Speakers on online media Read recovery memoirsSit in on a whole program length of a particular … Continue reading Addiction Counselors Should Become Familiar with “Recovery”

Reflections on “The Universal Mind of Bill Evans”

My intent in this writing is to provide a fresh (if not unusual) perspective and provoke thought experiments for the reader.  My hope is that the reader will look for hints of relevance to our work, opportunities for improvement, and perhaps some more direct challenges. First, I will provide a quotation from Bill Evans that … Continue reading Reflections on “The Universal Mind of Bill Evans”

Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 11: “BUT THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN”

After I developed the ideas presented in this series, I began to talk about them with people in our field, and started to deliver this as a continuing education presentation.  The general response would be validation accompanied with some version of, “But that could never happen.”   The three efforts listed below are my reply to … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 11: “BUT THAT COULD NEVER HAPPEN”

Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 10: IMAGINE THE DAY; WHAT CAN WE DO RIGHT NOW?

IMAGINE THE DAY It would be wonderful – imagine the day – when those clinicians working in addiction treatment or recovery support could clearly identify the patient’s normative position in progress related to measures in: neurological/brain structure and functionspecific aspects of initial cognitive clearing and later cognitive flexibility as they move alongemotional self-regulation and later … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 10: IMAGINE THE DAY; WHAT CAN WE DO RIGHT NOW?

Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 9: STAGE THEORIES RELATED TO ADDICTION

We do have previous stage theories in the addiction literature. Substance use disorder-specific stage theories have been presented. Abraham Wikler13 and Shepard Siegel are two that have presented stage theories concerning addiction etiology and progression.Many of you might be familiar with the work of Terrence Gorski14 and of Alan Marlatt15. They are coming from separate … Continue reading Addiction and the Stages of Healing, Part 9: STAGE THEORIES RELATED TO ADDICTION