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Why Your Child Isn’t Going To Be “Fixed” By a Residential Program

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“Fix” is a funny word, with all kinds of appropriate uses and meanings: You can fix (fasten) the ladder to the side of the house before you climb upto clean the gutters. Maybe you’re still lamenting your own post-adolescent realization that WWF matches were fixed (predetermined) fights… […]

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Why Trying Harder Isn’t Helping Your Struggling Teen

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Many years ago I saw a therapist point to his desk and ask a student to “try to pick up that pencil.” Of course, the student picked up the pencil without any struggle at all, holding up the pencil triumphantly, only to be faced with “No, that’s actually ‘pick up the pencil’ […]

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The Controversy Around Pharmacology as an Adjunct in Addiction Programs

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In performing a literature review regarding the history of addiction treatment and recent medical advances, Adam McLean of New Roads stated a fascinating conundrum regarding the undeniable accomplishments of abstinence through 12 Steps and other group-support recovery programs… […]

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ARISE Intervention: A Process, not an Event

Many times a friend or family of an addicted individual waits for the person to “hit rock bottom” so that the person will finally ask for help. This can often be a long and drawn out process. It also increases the chance for the addicted person to have legal problems … […]

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“Sorry I could not travel both”: the final decision of which treatment program

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When a family uses a consulting professional to assist them to make their agonizing decision, the selection process eventually contracts to an easily-misinterpreted juncture – at the moment families need clarity, consultants (and web directories) want to provide multiple options… […]

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The Pace of Nature: the intentional slowness of a wilderness therapy intervention works profoundly well

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On the first few phone calls with wilderness therapists, parents evolve from extremely grateful and relieved and hopeful to being consumed with the existential conflict of past behaviors and therefore future distrust, culminating in the query “but is it sincere? How do you know they aren’t faking… […]

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