Oct 01, 2018 by Dennis C. Daley
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After years of continuous recovery from heroin addiction, Daryll had dental surgery and received prescription opioids for postsurgery pain. His addiction was reignited after several days of using the drug. Beth, addicted to methamphetamine, developed “meth mouth,” in which several of her teeth blackened, decayed, or broke off. She also developed gum disease. By the time Mike was in his early forties, he had lost all of his teeth. Several were knocked out during a fight while drunk, and the...

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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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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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Intimacy in Counseling

Submitted by D. John Dyben on fri, 10/01/2018

Open your favorite academic search engine and query “intimacy in counseling” or some variation on that theme. The vast majority of articles, chapters, and books you will find referenced address how counselors help patients deal with intimacy in their relationships. This is certainly how it should be, given the importance of the topic in our field. However, there is another aspect of intimacy in counseling that is also highly relevant yet less frequently discussed: intimacy in counseling and...

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Intimacy in Counseling

Submitted by D. John Dyben on fri, 10/01/2018

Open your favorite academic search engine and query “intimacy in counseling” or some variation on that theme. The vast majority of articles, chapters, and books you will find referenced address how counselors help patients deal with intimacy in their relationships. This is certainly how it should be, given the importance of the topic in our field. However, there is another aspect of intimacy in counseling that is also highly relevant yet less frequently discussed: intimacy in counseling and...

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The Personal Journey of a Nonalcoholic through the AA Twelve Steps

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 10/01/2018

If you will indulge me, I would like to depart from my usual practice of writing about clinical issues and instead share the journey—mine—of a nonalcoholic within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I began my career as a therapist in February of 1962, at a facility previously called Chit-Chat Farms and now called Caron Foundation, founded in 1958. Like other programs at that time, it would not be considered treatment by today’s standards—it provided no assessment, no treatment planning, and no...

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Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 10/01/2018

We are all familiar with the horrific stats: “Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control” (Sanger-Katz, 2018). “The death toll [from opioids] is higher than the peak yearly death totals from HIV, car crashes, or gun deaths” (Sanger-Katz, 2018). Clearly, it is going to take a monumental effort by the medical community, public health agencies, and...

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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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Submitted by John Newport on fri, 10/01/2018

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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...

Intimacy in Counseling

Submitted by D. John Dyben on fri, 10/01/2018

Open your favorite academic search engine and query “intimacy in counseling” or some variation on that theme. The vast majority of articles, chapters, and books you will find referenced address how counselors help patients deal with intimacy in their relationships. This is certainly how it should be, given the importance of the topic in our field. However, there is another aspect of intimacy in counseling that is also highly relevant yet less frequently discussed: intimacy in counseling and...

Read More...

The Personal Journey of a Nonalcoholic through the AA Twelve Steps

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 10/01/2018

If you will indulge me, I would like to depart from my usual practice of writing about clinical issues and instead share the journey—mine—of a nonalcoholic within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). I began my career as a therapist in February of 1962, at a facility previously called Chit-Chat Farms and now called Caron Foundation, founded in 1958. Like other programs at that time, it would not be considered treatment by today’s standards—it provided no assessment, no treatment planning, and no...

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