Using Emotions vs Talk Therapy to Heal Addiction

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Have you received counseling or therapy to address addiction and still struggle? If so, you are not alone. When I consult with clients who have done lots of treatment, one of the first questions I always ask is: How much was talk therapy? This often leads to the deer-in-the-headlights look, because many believe there is… [Continue Reading]

Why You Should Care About Addiction Treatment Outcomes

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Outcomes are important because they ultimately provide accountability for those who deliver treatment, and for your own actions. There is a wide continuum of addiction treatment services available depending on severity of symptoms, ranging from outpatient options to residential or hospital stays. As you might imagine, there is a huge range in cost for these services as… [Continue Reading]

Unlocking the Mystery of Vivian Maier

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If you have seen the acclaimed documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, than you know she was somewhat of an enigma. For those who have not seen it, it’s the story of a mysterious nanny who spent much of her life taking pictures, but never showed them to anyone. Only when a young historian and collector, John… [Continue Reading]

Improving Effectiveness of DUII Treatment

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This past Friday I had the honor of speaking to the Oregon house and senate committees on Judiciary about the effectiveness of Oregon’s DUII reduction approach. My friend and colleague, Heidi Brockman-Astrue, joined me to also share her experience as someone working in the trenches daily treating DUII offenders. One reason for our testimony, is that… [Continue Reading]

Prison Treatment and Education

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As a society we should be embarrassed by how many of our citizens are in prison due to problems associated with untreated addiction. We have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world with approximately 2.3 million people behind bars. If we add those on probation and parole the number jumps to almost… [Continue Reading]