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November 22, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Charlie Sheen Admits to Having HIV: Self-medicating, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

November 22, 2015 05:41 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D  [About the Author]

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On November 17, 2015, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show, viewers were shocked to hear actor Charlie Sheen disclose that he is HIV positive. After numerous reports of Mr. Sheen having over 700 women, many of his ex-lovers were livid about the confession leading some to panic. [More]

October 31, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Lamar Odom Fights For His Life Against Depression and Substance Abuse

October 31, 2015 09:45 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D  [About the Author]

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Lamar Odom entered the NBA with high hopes. Despite his short college career that was clouded by an arrest in Las Vegas, Lamar had talent that was much desired and was picked 4th in the 1999 NBA draft by the Clippers. Lamar’s story is similar to many athletes that rose above the crime ridden streets of their childhoods to fame. [More]

April 2, 2015
by Joan Childs,LCSW

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Codependency: The Disease of the Disease

April 2, 2015 07:55 by Joan Childs,LCSW  [About the Author]

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We now know that one of the chief causes of addiction is lack of connection. It has been documented by Johann Hari in his recent publication, The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think (Hari, 2015) that after many studies and research, the primary cause of addiction is a lack of bonding. When this occurs, human beings go into crisis. (Buber, 1958). When this happens before the developmental stages reach adulthood, the chronicity of loneliness becomes a set up for addiction. Hence, the drama begins. [More]

March 23, 2015
by Chris Shreve, PhD (Candidate), LPC, NCC

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Keeping patients connected using app technology

March 23, 2015 07:55 by Chris Shreve, PhD (Candidate), LPC, NCC   [About the Author]

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Clinicians have long known that a client’s failure to practice skills learned in therapy can be associated with higher relapse rates. As a result of this, many techniques and models have been created in order to assist patients in maintaining the clinical progress that they have achieved in their typical once a week session. Many providers have often wondered, “What are better ways to keep patients engaged between sessions or the ‘off time?” [More]

February 16, 2015
by Joan Childs,LCSW

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The Catastrophic Cost of Codependency

February 16, 2015 11:58 by Joan Childs,LCSW  [About the Author]

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Codependency syndrome was originally coined and named when Melodie Beattie worked at Hanley Hazelton with recovering addicts and alcoholics. She identified the significant others to the addicts as co-dependent, implying that the addict was addicted to a substance, but the significant other was addicted to the addict. Current research sheds new light on how codependency negatively affects people from all walks of life. [More]

December 26, 2014
by David Porter, MA

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Update on New Drugs of Abuse for 2014

December 26, 2014 04:55 by David Porter, MA  [About the Author]

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The use, popularity, and availability of illicit drugs changes from one geographical region and time period to another. Certain illicit psychoactive drugs will fade from common use and then re-emerge. Substances which may have been discovered decades ago will experience a sudden surge in popularity. Familiar substances may be administered in new ways, or chemically altered or combined for a different effect. In other instances, something truly new may emerge on the illicit drug market. [More]