Dec 01, 2018 by Tian Dayton
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What happens when a parent is discharged from addiction treatment and comes home? Who prepares the children for understanding that sobriety brings a new set of challenges?

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Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 12/01/2018

Dear Dr. Galardi, I’m a forty-seven-year-old recovering alcoholic. I’ve been in sustained recovery for five years. I go to AA meetings regularly, but lately I’ve been feeling that something’s missing. I know there is such a thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but is that the same thing as a “thought addiction”? I notice that I sometimes have negative thoughts about people when I’m feeling bad about my life or myself, so I’m wondering: Is negative thinking about others is a form of...

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We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

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Lessons Learned from Clients in Co-Occurring Recovery Groups

Submitted by Dennis C. Daley on fri, 12/01/2018

For many years I conducted early recovery groups as a guest presenter in multiple inpatient, residential, and/or ambulatory treatment programs for clients with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders (CODs). I also conducted recovery and/or focus groups at a therapeutic community program in the inner city, and for incarcerated adolescents or adults with CODs. I met regularly with clients to find out what their concerns were related to recovery from CODs, what they found helpful in...

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When Words Are Not Enough: Why Experiential Forms of Healing Are Desirable in Treating Relational Trauma

Submitted by Tian Dayton on fri, 10/01/2018

We need to feel the stories of our lives in order to heal them, but trauma is all about not feeling. Even asking the question, “Can you tell me about your trauma?” can be befuddling, if not disturbing, for ACoAs who have learned to rationalize and deny our pain and confusion in order to stay connected to the families we love and need. When we reduce therapy to only words—for example, when we ask first responders to tell us about the horror of watching groups of people lock arms on the top of a...

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Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 12/01/2018

Dear Dr. Galardi, I’m a forty-seven-year-old recovering alcoholic. I’ve been in sustained recovery for five years. I go to AA meetings regularly, but lately I’ve been feeling that something’s missing. I know there is such a thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but is that the same thing as a “thought addiction”? I notice that I sometimes have negative thoughts about people when I’m feeling bad about my life or myself, so I’m wondering: Is negative thinking about others is a form of...

Read More...

Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 10/01/2018

Dear Dr. Toni, I’m not an addict, so this may not be your typical letter asking for advice. My wife, however, is a newly licensed psychotherapist who carries this magazine in her office. To give you a little backstory: she went back to school when our kids got into high school, then was an intern for two years, and now is a full-fledged therapist in her first office. Our kids are away at college and I’m a businessman. There is a ten-year age difference between us. She’s not only in private...

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When Words Are Not Enough: Why Experiential Forms of Healing Are Desirable in Treating Relational Trauma

Submitted by Tian Dayton on fri, 10/01/2018

We need to feel the stories of our lives in order to heal them, but trauma is all about not feeling. Even asking the question, “Can you tell me about your trauma?” can be befuddling, if not disturbing, for ACoAs who have learned to rationalize and deny our pain and confusion in order to stay connected to the families we love and need. When we reduce therapy to only words—for example, when we ask first responders to tell us about the horror of watching groups of people lock arms on the top of a...

Read More...

When Words Are Not Enough: Why Experiential Forms of Healing Are Desirable in Treating Relational Trauma

Submitted by Tian Dayton on fri, 10/01/2018

We need to feel the stories of our lives in order to heal them, but trauma is all about not feeling. Even asking the question, “Can you tell me about your trauma?” can be befuddling, if not disturbing, for ACoAs who have learned to rationalize and deny our pain and confusion in order to stay connected to the families we love and need. When we reduce therapy to only words—for example, when we ask first responders to tell us about the horror of watching groups of people lock arms on the top of a...

Read More...

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Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 12/01/2018

Dear Dr. Galardi, I’m a forty-seven-year-old recovering alcoholic. I’ve been in sustained recovery for five years. I go to AA meetings regularly, but lately I’ve been feeling that something’s missing. I know there is such a thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but is that the same thing as a “thought addiction”? I notice that I sometimes have negative thoughts about people when I’m feeling bad about my life or myself, so I’m wondering: Is negative thinking about others is a form of...

Read More...

We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

Read More...

Simple Solutions or Real Results

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 12/01/2018

In a previous column (April 2018), I wrote about the genesis of the opioid crisis. While possibly informative, it provided little information about potential solutions currently being offered and identifying those whose major effect is more to make people feel good about doing something, whether effective or not. One of the points I made in the column was that the genesis of the current opioid crisis and its solutions are multifactorial. However, we continue to look for simple solutions while...

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