Should We Include a Moral Dimension? The Aesthetics and Anesthetics of Addiction

The True, The Good, and the Beautiful In his lecture titled, “The True, The Good, and The Beautiful” Roger Scruton asks what these three things embrace and what they have to do with each other. Overall, the subject matter of that lecture is aesthetics:  the philosophy of art and beauty.  Scruton states that pleasure says, … Continue reading Should We Include a Moral Dimension? The Aesthetics and Anesthetics of Addiction

Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Chrissy Smith

Who are you? I’m Chrissy Smith.  I’m a licensed clinical social worker, and I’m a mom, and a wife, and that about sums it up.  I have a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bradley University with a minor in Psychology.  I have a Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Community Behavioral Health from … Continue reading Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – Chrissy Smith

Coaching Tips for System Change and Recovery Orientation

We often expect those we serve to: be willing to make significant changes,sustain effort while making difficult changes that take time,and be willing to endure and benefit from practical lessons while making change. But what about changes our organizations can make?  Could some peer support of the organizational change process be helpful?  Could some coaching … Continue reading Coaching Tips for System Change and Recovery Orientation

Research Describes Everyone and Applies to No One

Two experiences I had that took place roughly 25 years into my clinical work combined to effectively dismantle my strict allegiance to the primacy of “empiricism” as it was taught to me, and rigorous use of “evidence-based practices” as I had been trained. I'll discuss those two experiences down below.  But a few years before … Continue reading Research Describes Everyone and Applies to No One

The Change Process

Why consider the change process, and what is the application of the ideas I will present? Clinical addiction professionals are trained in sequential change (Stages of Change, 12 Steps, etc.) rather than continuously wholistic, organic and dynamic change processes.Should we always assume and work within a staged approach?Clinical addiction professionals are trained in symptom reduction … Continue reading The Change Process