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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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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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Shame & Guilt: The Happiness Destroyer

  SHAME & GUILT:  THE HAPPINESS DESTROYER   Occasionally I ask the members in my group therapy sessions: “How many of you have some things in your past that you would not like anyone else to know?  Usually, the entire group will raise their hands.   Without probing into each group member’s past, I go on …

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Depression: The Absence of Feeling

  While listening to a recent interview between Dr. Peter Breggin and Dr. John Snyder on depression, Dr. Snyder quoted Dr. Antonio Damasio as saying, “Our feelings are the background music of our lives.”  Having been a professional musician for many years, this statement really struck a chord (pun intended).  I used to think how …

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