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We’re excited to bring on Dr. Otis to do our EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  He’s starting next Monday and we know he’s going to fit in nicely with our program and it’s philosophy.  Very often clients come in with serious PTSD and need this service…we proud to offer it to those clients and have seen amazing results because of the process!

I’ve had a lot of conversations lately about if a family member who is “forced” into drug and alcohol treatment will do anything.  Clients often ask if they should wait until he/she “wants” treatment.  One of my staff gave me some information located on NIDA’s site that goes along with what I believe and have always felt!  YES…interventions work and those clients do just as well as the “voluntary” clients.  If the families understood that very often the client won’t and can’t make the decision to go to treatment until something (as if addiction isn’t bad enough) “BAD” happens (loss of job, arrest, loss of family etc.) they  would all do interventions to help their loved one get in.  So this is what the statement was from www.drugabuse.gov.  It says “Effective treatment need not be voluntary and that treatment outcomes are similar for those who enter treatment under pressure vs. voluntary.”  My advice to anyone reading this is don’t wait until it’s too late!

In the new revised 5th Edition of A Headache in the Pelvis (pgs. 326 – 330) which came out in May 2008, Stanford Psychologist David Wise, Pd.D. and Neurologist Rodney Anderson, M.D. refer to Alber Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Therapy and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and write:  “The best form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, in our opinion, is offered in The Work of Byron Katie, who provides an approach to disarming catastrophic thinking by means of a process that one can do oneself.  This is one approach that we recommend.”  Wise and Anderson are practical, in the trenches, therapists who work daily with sever pelvic pain and other chronic syndromes.  They recommended Byron Katie’s method in their 4th edition of the book.  THANKS LORALEE FOR FINDING THIS INFORMATION!

A lot of people understand Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (once explained) but most potential clients ask “how do you do it in treatment?”  Here’s a little on some of the efforts made in treatment;  Cognitive Therapy talks about triggers; clients talk about feelings and thinking that leads to involvement in destructive behaviors like drug and alcohol addiction.  It also goes beyond talking.  Any good center that utilizes it will give strong educational homework like assignments that are given with expectations on how to relax and just be with your feelings.  “Lots of people with addiction hate being with feelings and they use these behaviors to escape uncomfortable feelings.  So Cognitive therapy will sort of focus on groups, individual sessions and bio feedback to help one regulate and stay with just uncomfortable feels and be able to manage without escaping them.” Dr. Marc Kern, Director of Addiction Alternatives.

Cocaine and meth use declined (finally) in 2007!  However, prescription drug abuse increased dramatically, according to a new U.S. survey.  From 2006 to 2007 cocaine use among young adults decreased 23% and meth use fell 30%…however, the big hit is prescription drug abuse which rose 12%!!!  This information is according to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Another scary not is the fact that since the 1980’s prescription drug abuse has increased five-fold amongst young adults.  The reason the number is so high is because people think if it’s prescribed it’s safe.

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