Son and father on couch trying to have a civil disagreement

Civil Disagreement

Anyone coming out of substance abuse has extensive experience with disagreement. You disagreed with friends who told you you were overdoing it. You disagreed with authorities who said recreational drugs were bad for everyone. You disagreed with your own conscience when you “borrowed” to finance your habit. You disagreed with your better judgment and insisted…

Contented woman dealing with stress management and pain prevention after addiction

Pain Prevention and Stress Management

A substantial portion of drug abuse now starts as legitimate painkiller prescriptions.Time Magazine even gave the problem front-cover status. In light of that, addiction treatment and non-chemical pain relief are practically conjoined twins when it comes to pain prevention. We’ve talked before about painkiller addiction, about mindfulness-based pain prevention, and about Dr. Flowers’s expertise on…

Distressed man with hand to head knows abstinence isn't enough to stay sober

Abstinence Isn’t Enough

When it comes to abstinence, “Just Say No” has been a battle cry against recreational drug use for more than a generation. Yet, teenagers are still saying “yes” to peer pressure. Not to mention the youth and adults who say “yes” to the substance siren call that promises instant pleasure and confidence; easy relief from…

Two people during therapy trying to understand clinical acronyms

Spell It Out: Understanding Clinical Acronyms

When you’re first considering professional treatment for substance abuse (or any other mental/behavioral health issue), reviewing the various clinical acronyms can be overwhelming. What the heck is an LCSW? What’s the difference between a CAC and a CAS? And what exactly can you expect from someone calling herself an SAP? No doubt, already struggling with…