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Principles of Recovery: A Broader Application

For decades, professionals and lay sponsors alike have utilized the “Serenity Prayer” as foundational to recovery from addiction. The prayer reads as follows: “God grant unto me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference” (The Serenity Prayer  – utilized by…

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Main office of New Haven Residential Treatment Center. New Haven is a Dual Diagnosis treatment program for teenage girls.

What is a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center?

  A dual diagnosis treatment center is one that provides treatment for individuals who have coexisting difficulties with mental health and drugs and/or alcohol.  The treatment of individuals who have both mental health difficulties and substance use difficulties is generally considered to be more complex than treating either one alone.  It is a dilemma commonly…

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Mobile Therapy Apps

Regardless of the fact that great progress is being made in the area of tech-based therapies, my own policy regarding psycho-therapeutic technology is to proceed with curiosity…and caution.

For now, the only therapist I’ll stick in my own pocket or recommend to others is one who promises little things. Like a little help going to sleep, or some organizational assistance to help manage ADHD.

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Improving Family Relationships

Many of the families I’ve worked with feel that they have lost everything. They are financially tapped out. Their basic assumptions about family, love, success, and life have been turned upside down. They feel betrayed and embarrassed and sad and angry. How does a family rebuild in the wake of trauma, or addiction, or mental illness, or betrayal, or loss? A little bit every day. If you can do that, you can find your way forward a step at a time. You can heal. You can hope.

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Humor in Therapy

Humor during individual and group therapy—whether from the therapist or the client—can lighten a mood, break a pattern, improve sharing, create a sense of perspective, generate a feeling of well-bring and hope, and provide an effective delivery system for difficult feedback. Family systems therapists will sometimes encourage family members to consciously employ a form of humor to interrupt entrenched relational patterns.

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Screen Addiction: Teens

It’s easy to mistake normal behaviors for healthy behaviors. Just because everyone is doing something does not mean that it’s without serious consequences. Problems arising from overuse of screen-based technologies typically stem from excessive use leading to isolation, unhealthy relationships, and social and emotional delays, i.e. immaturity.

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Troubled Teen to Troubled Adult

Our culture equips young people with instantaneous access to most of the rights and burdens of adulthood exactly at midnight on the 364th day of their 17th year. As a result many young adults enter adulthood unprepared, hence the “failure to launch” epidemic we’re all too familiar with.

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Doing Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

Unlike a visit to the dentist—“open, rinse, say ahhh, spit”—the rules for a psychotherapy session are not so simple or clear. Most therapists are unlikely to give you step by step instructions for engaging the session—“talk about your mother, cry, tell me a story from your childhood.”

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