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.
Plato, perhaps the most famous of ancient philosophers, laid the groundwork for our modern social mores. He believed that ethics were the pillars of good human behavior.
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.
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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.”
Senator Mark Miloscia (R-WA) recently introduced a bill that would ban safe injection sites in his state. Safe injection facilities allow drug users to inject safely to minimize the risk of infection and also provide information about treatment.
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