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dual diagnosis treatment for mental health and addiction

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to work in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. In those days (the early ’90s) the residents of the area were divided between need “mental health services” or those needing “addiction services.”  This distinction was usually the result of some odd government funding rules or just the general ignorance of the time. It must have been extremely frustrating for clients to walk back and forth between...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] What to expect in this episode:   People suffering from addiction often feel very rebellious inside The most radical thing about AA is that it's completely detached from the market Alcoholics Anonymous is rebellious, it rejects traditional hierarchy & is free [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px" image_repeat="no-repeat"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_id="feel-rebellious-inside"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Alcoholics Anonymous is for Rebels    The other thing about Alcoholics Anonymous; addicts and alcoholics often feel rebellious inside.   There’s a rebel piece that grows inside...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" use_row_as_full_screen_section_slide="no" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text] What to expect in this episode:   Where, specifically, is your resistance coming from? CBT & DBT are nice , but they are cost prohibitive The most radical thing about AA is that it's FREE [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="50px" image_repeat="no-repeat"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" use_row_as_full_screen_section_slide="no" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no" el_id="resistance-12-step"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text] The Controversial Nature of Alcoholics Anonymous   The resistance that people have to the 12 steps can be overcome.   What it takes is a person understanding specifically...

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What to expect in this episode:   Is recovery (just) abstinence? You won't be protected from relapse unless you learn to change and grow through the underlying issues The fastest way to learn, grow, and change is to be in an immersive environment. That's why the recovery community is so important.   Is Recovery Abstinence?   The fundamental question is: What is Recovery?   People don’t ask it because they think they know the answer, but answering that question wrong leads to...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] What to expect in this episode: Understanding areas of identity, emotion regulation, emotional awareness, cognitive ability Jean Piaget was interested in was how human beings transform, that’s what growth is: growth is transformation. There are developmental disturbances in every single person coming into treatment.   Developmental Disturbances in Addiction Populations   We have got these areas of identity, emotion regulation, emotional awareness, cognitive ability (my ability to think in more complex ways) that’s actually...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] What to expect in this episode: A major developmental split we see is the split between self and other. Really Good Boundaries equate to really good mental health. Psychosis is an extreme example of this imbalance If you ever stumble upon a person on the street of LA experiencing psychosis, you notice they might cuss   Developmental Splits in the Psyche   One of the things that we work with in recovery are called...

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