Category Archives: Substance Abuse

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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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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Compulsion, Obsession, Addiction or All the Above?

Are repeated behaviors an addiction?   It would appear that it all depends upon what society and the experts consider addiction to be.  If the behavior is seen as one who repeatedly flips light switches, or washing hands several times, hoarding, or unlocking and locking a door several times, avoiding cracks in sidewalks as in the …

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Give Drugs To Your Child: You’ll Sleep Better

       I recently came across a Facebook posting made by a woman who had an obvious problem getting her todler to sleep unassisted. She proudly announced that he finally was able to get himself to sleep on his own. She remarked that it was such an accomplishment that she would reward herself with a …

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Repairing Relationships In Recovery

  Repairing Relationships In Recovery    The previous blog that I posted stressed the importance of relationships in the recovery of addictions.  Looking back on it, I discovered that I overlooked a very important aspect of relationships in that blog in regard to addicted populations.  Yes, relationships are paramount in the management of recovery and especially …

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An Overview of Choice Theory for Addicted Populations

  A Broad Overview of Choice Theory for Addicted Populations.      The Quality World of the addict or alcoholic contains a very vivid image of their drug of choice.  (Alcohol is a drug only in liquid form).  So whatever drug they prefer or whatever brand of beer or liquor they prefer will be vividly pictured in …

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What IS an Alcoholic?

  Just What Is an Alcoholic?   I am often asked, “What is an alcoholic?”  There are more myths, lies, and half-truths when it comes to chemical dependency than anything else I can think of.  The simple answer is: “An alcoholic is someone whose drinking is causing problems but they continue to drink anyway.”  Then …

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness . . . Only Pleasure

  Money can buy happiness if one needs funding to provide our basic genetic need for survival.  Survival needs are:  Food, shelter, clothing, transportation, health, and adequate finances to sustain these needs.  But Survival is not the only basic and genetic requirement to attain happiness.  There are also the needs for Love and Belonging, Power, …

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Sorry Charlie

Last month, March 29, Charlie Sheen appeared on the Today Show and was interviewed by Matt Lauer.  Speaking from the position of one who has worked with chemically dependent individuals for the last 18 years, had Charlie been sitting in my office, as he presented himself on the show, I would have required him to …

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