A Growing Day

I’ve been working in behavioral health for about 30 years.  I’ve worked in all kinds of settings—inpatient, outpatient, prisons, university counseling centers, and as a professor of counseling and psychology.  I’ve seen thousands of people over the years but there are always those that I remember. She came into my office hesitantly.  She held on to the door frame, then shuffled towards the chair and grabbed it for support before sitting heavily.  She looked worn-out, exhausted even,...
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Alcoholism: The Debate Between Medical Condition and Choice

Did you know that the question of chronic excessive drinking being a choice or disease is hotly debated? Both sides of the debate make valid points, but ultimately each person will need to decide his or her stance on the subject. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) states that alcoholism is a disease that effects 17.6 million Americans. Each year, 88,000 deaths are related to excessive alcohol use making alcoholism the third most common cause of death from...
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Why networking is important

As healthcare providers we all want what is best for our clients. They come to us sometimes at their worst of times looking for support and answers. Many times we can help that person ourselves, sometimes it isn’t a good fit. However when it comes to addiction, help is needed not only for the addicted individual but also for the family. As busy as we are as clinicians or treatment centers, we need to devote time to good networking. When someone comes through that door and we aren’t a good fi...
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