When Unknown Traumatic Events Fuel Addiction

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In Bessel van der Kolk’s latest masterpiece, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma he writes about a study specific to traumatic memory that I believe has significant implications for those who struggle with addiction. The study takes us into the science of repressed memory, and helps prove that often… [Continue Reading]

Is There an Easy Way to Stop Smoking?

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Have you heard of Allen Carr’s book an Easy Way to Stop Smoking? The approach developed by an accountant turned addiction guru may be the single most profitable addiction treatment intervention ever developed. His stop smoking books have sold over 10 million copies in 57 countries, and his organization now offers treatment seminars in 150 cities… [Continue Reading]

Addiction and the Experience of Feeling Alive

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People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually… [Continue Reading]

Healing Through the Arts

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I am big believer in balancing our efforts to intervene on the pathological side of the equation of life issues, with efforts to enhance individual strengths, talents, and creative life energy. When we solely focus on problems, like addiction, depression, and trauma, we often – quite surprisingly and opposite to what you may think –… [Continue Reading]

Focusing to Move Beyond Addiction

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Not long after my wife and I were married, we decided to proactively increase our chances of staying together by enrolling in one of Dr. John Gottman’s weekend couples workshops in Seattle. At the time I was deeply immersed in my graduate studies in counseling and was excited to spend some time with the world-famous marriage guru. What I had… [Continue Reading]