Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 11: Often Drugs Work Too Well

Often Drugs Work Too Well You’ve told your doctor you are anxious or in pain. You got a prescription for Atavan, Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax, if it was anxiety; if it was pain, you might’ve gotten a script for a narcotic like Percoset, Vicodin, Oxicotin, or Morphine. These will certainly take away your anxiety orContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 11: Often Drugs Work Too Well”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 8: Positive reinforcement is not enough to motivate a person to stop using

Positive reinforcement is not enough to motivate a person to stop using drugs You’re a good parent, a loving spouse, a decent boss, a fair judge, a caring therapist. You took psychology in college. You learned that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative reinforcement. Honey catches more flies than vinegar. But, you don’t knowContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 8: Positive reinforcement is not enough to motivate a person to stop using”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 7: In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation

In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation Most people believe that internal or self motivation is the best kind of motivation and that people who are motivated for recovery to please others, whether they be the court, a spouse, a boss, orContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 7: In the beginning of recovery, it doesn’t matter if you are self motivated. It just matters that you have motivation”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 5: Addiction Takes Hostages

Addiction Takes Hostages The further people go into addiction, the more their lives center around it. They discard all forms of recreation in favor of activities that include substance use. All of their friends become using friends. Non-using friends drift away and the addict is drawn to those who don’t judge because they, themselves, areContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 5: Addiction Takes Hostages”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part III

There are as many problems caused by withdrawal as caused by use If we are familiar with a drug at all, we know, or, at least have been told, what the initial effect is like. Tobacco will make you calm, marijuana will make you mellow, heroin will give you a warm and cozy feeling all over,Continue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part III”

The Shrink’s Links: In the Rooms

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: In the Rooms Can’t get to an AA meeting, or NA or GA, or any of the other varieties of self help groups/ Experience strength and hope is right at your fingertips. Join In the RoomsContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: In the Rooms”

The Shrink’s Links: AA

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Alcoholics Annonymous I wouldn’t be much of a substance abuse counselor if I didn’t leave a link for the great grand daddy of all self help groups, now would I? Click here to go to theContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: AA”

Announcement: Impaired Driver Assessments

It’s official. I’m now recognized by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as an Impaired Driving Offender Clinical Screening and Assessment Provider. Please read that sentence carefully before jumping to any conclusions. No, I was not convicted of drunk driving. But, if you have been, or if you areContinue reading “Announcement: Impaired Driver Assessments”

Can’t Sleep? A Guide to the Land of Nod, Part II

So, you can’t sleep and, instead of tossing around some more in bed, you got up to do some surfing on the web. You found this site and clicked, hoping for some help, eager for a few zzz’s. Well, I might be able to help you by introducing you, one at a time, to aContinue reading “Can’t Sleep? A Guide to the Land of Nod, Part II”