Understanding Drug Use and Addiction

Understanding drug use and addiction is essential to understanding recovery. Many people don’t understand why or how others become addicted. They may mistakenly think addicts and alcoholics lack moral principles. Or, that recovery from addiction was simply a matter of willpower. In reality, chemical dependency is a complex disease. Quitting usually takes more than good […]

Healthy Intimacy and Addiction

Healthy Intimacy Healthy intimacy and addiction are terms that can be incongruous.  If people are abusing alcohol and drugs, it can be almost impossible for them to maintain healthy intimate relationships. As drugs or alcohol become the objects of obsession, there is no room for anyone else. As the individual falls further into addiction they […]

Cognitive Distortions

What are Cognitive Distortions? Cognitive distortions are biased or exaggerated thought patterns or beliefs. They are usually irrational, or misrepresent reality in some fashion.   The concept was first proposed by Aaron Beck, the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It was during his treatment of patients with depression that Beck realized his patients often expressed thoughts and beliefs […]

What to Expect from Counseling

Counseling 101: What Happens During a Session? One in five American adults has a mental health condition. Research has shown that these mental health conditions can be treated effectively. Scientists continue to disprove the stigmas surrounding mental health.  As a result, more people have acknowledged the value of modern therapy.  But many people have no […]

Sexual Health and Recovery

Why Are We Talking About Sex? Sexual health and recovery as well as healthy intimacy are frequent topics of discussion in my group therapy sessions.  In active addiction, the dependency on drugs and alcohol interferes with the ability to experience healthy intimacy.  Emotions are numbed and the ability to form meaningful attachments is impaired.  Often, […]