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THE CAUSE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION

WHAT CAUSES ADDICTION? Michael Rice, LISAC For those who do not work in the field of addictions (and for some who do), there have been numerous articles attributed to the “Cause of Addiction.”  The authors of these articles start out with the best of intentions believing that they have discovered the cause of addiction.  It …

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MEDICATION MADNESS by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC

Columbine High School, Aurora CenturyTheater, Tucson AZ, Ft. Hood TX, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Washington Navy Yard, Virginia Tech, Isla Vista CA, 3 airline suicide plane crashes, several teenage suicides – the 2nd largest cause of death of youths between the ages of 10 and 24. A major factor in the majority of all of …

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Is Addiction A Choice?

IS ADDICTION A CHOICE? – By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC I’m often asked, “If we choose all that we do, then why do people choose to be alcoholics?” I am asked this question often by those wishing to  challenge the concept that we choose our behaviors. Is alcoholism a choice? Before I respond to that …

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The Show Has to Go On

 By:  Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC Those who are involved in the arts are known to be emotional and often moody individuals. Whether it is music, drama, comedy, painting/sculpting, or writing the arts require the ability to reach deep into one’s soul to emote in their work to evoke the emotions of the reader, viewer, or …

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Go Sell “Crazy” Somewhere Else

Go Sell “Crazy” Somewhere Else by Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC One of the major road blocks facing the improvement of “Mental Health” is the medical/psychiatric community, the media, and the general public’s misunderstanding of just what IS mental health.  When I ask my group members or non-Choice Theory based audiences to come up with words …

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MADMAN vs HAPPYMAN

MADMAN VS HAPPYMAN By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC What would you say is the opposite of the word, “Madman?”  Happyman?  The word Madman was used in the reporting in yet another mass shooting spree . . . this one by 22 year old Elliot Rodger.  Ironically, the use of the word “Madman” is as close …

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Another Shooting At Ft. Hood

By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC “What we have been doing in psychiatry for the last hundred years has been half-baked.” William Glasser, MD Dr. G.L. Harrington, a mentor of Dr. Glasser, has stated, “If all the professionals in our field suddenly disappeared, the world would hardly note their absence.”  His reference being that if there …

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What’s a Guy Like You Doin’ In a Place Like This?

WHAT’S A GUY LIKE YOU DOIN’ IN A PLACE LIKE THIS? By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC  Much of what is being called “Mental Illness” is really no more than unhappy people whose genetic and basic needs are not being met as a result of unsatisfying relationships with the important people in their lives.  Having tried, …

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It’s Not as Bad as Alcohol

NOT AS BAD AS ALCOHOL By Michael Rice, LISAC, CTRTC  When I continually hear others say, “Marijuana is no worse than alcohol” or “not as bad as alcohol,” what I am hearing is, “Marijuana is bad but no more than alcohol is bad so it must be okay.”  Based upon this rationale, one might also …

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Merry or Not So Merry Christmas

Holidays are often celebrated with the consumption of alcohol.  Even those who don’t regularly imbibe do so on holidays and special occasions.  Others don’t need a holiday to justify their use.  They drink because they have acquired a taste for it and like the effects it causes.  Alcohol, like coffee, is an acquired taste.  At …

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