In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus was condemned to roll a huge boulder up a steep hill with only a moment of satisfaction before it rolled down the hill and he trudged back to repeat this endless cycle. Counselors who are committed to helping clients with addiction can understand Sisyphus’s struggle.
The very work of counseling and psychotherapy is relational. Those of us in the field use our very selves as a tool of intervention. We actively utilize our knowledge and insight, training and clinical intuition, and our natural talents and the personal history that has shaped us to become who we are in an efforts.
Detoxification, the medical management of substance withdrawal to prevent complications, does not serve as standalone care for substance dependence. Rather, detoxification should be an entry point to addiction treatment.
As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), I have a growing concern about stress in the field of addiction counseling. Stress not only affects clients, as my personal experience suggests, but also organizations.
She is a second generation Iranian-American and the daughter of a prominent Persian cardiologist. She is a global senior pharmaceutical executive with a passion for serving the underserved. She is an esteemed member of Female Opioid-addiction Research and Clinical Experts (FORCE), an organization of women dedicated to combatting opioid addiction and its stigma. She is compassionate. She is innovative. She is Behshad Sheldon.
The subject of self-care for counselors is one that receives plenty of attention in the literature, as well as during conversations in the classroom, staff rooms, supervision, and the dialogues inside our heads.
With multiple nominations and tight races for California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) board of directors positions, CCAPP started 2017 with a full board of motivated professionals.
Judy Crane, author, therapist, speaker, and founder of Florida’s The Refuge and The Guest House treatment centers, is no stranger to trauma and drug abuse.
A distinctive feature of recovery from addictive disorders is that while people entering recovery have reached a point where they are powerless over the addiction per se, they must assume central responsibility for holding the addiction at bay.
Dear Dr. Toni
The term “substance dependence” is very commonly used. In fact, it was one of the two listed substance use disorders (SUDs) in the DSM-IV (APA, 1994), which included “substance abuse” and “substance dependence.”
I realize that many people reading this article may be surprised that I have titled it “What is God?” rather than “Who is God?” Well, I have my reasons.
While Mississippi is ranked as one of the best states in having access to naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, it also just set a record for drug overdoses in 2016 (De la Cretaz, 2017; Mitchell, 2017).
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been looking into a “mystery pill” that has caused four deaths and a string of overdoses in middle Georgia last week. People believed they were purchasing Percocet when they received the pills (Fernandes, 2017).
Pacira Pharmaceuticals recently claimed that their drug Exparel, an anesthetic that has been on the market for five years, could change the way pain is treated, and potentially help control the opioid crisis (De la Cretaz, 2017).
St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction, a needle exchange center in the Bronx, began handing out urine test strips to heroin users so they can determine whether their drugs are laced with fentanyl.
A new opioid called “gray death” has been reported in the Gulf Coast region, and also in Georgia and Ohio. While gray death is not yet a national problem, it has the potential to be extremely dangerous to the already growing opioid epidemic in the US.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently reported that a new fentanyl analogue “is so strong that it could possibly be resistant to the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan” (Burch, 2017). Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, which has been proven to stop an overdose in its tracks.
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