Setting your agenda for the New Year

It’s that time of year when we all take an accounting of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go as we prepare for a New Year. This end-of-year inventory taking can be surprisingly useful if it identifies unfinished business, perhaps a fence that needs to be mended or a kindness [...]

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On December 2, 2014, posted in: addiction, goals, mental health, therapy by

It’s all a terrible blur

I was recently soaking up the early morning news while doing cardio in the gym when, on a TV screen several down the line from the one I was watching, I saw a picture of the bizarre, orange haired, bug-eyed guy who is on trial for shooting… what?  What and where did he do his [...]

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On June 1, 2014, posted in: mental health, psychotherapy, therapy by

Do alcoholics ever QUIT alcohol?

Many years ago I asked a group of therapists and counselors, all working in the addiction/recovery field, if they believed that at least some percentage of their clients, as a direct or indirect result of therapy, gave up alcohol or their drug of choice. Met, not for the first time that day with stares of [...]

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On February 1, 2014, posted in: 12 Steps, AA, addiction, alcoholic, alcoholism, counseling, psychotherapy, recovery by