My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me: How to Stop Addictive Thinking Patterns

In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant gratification, victim mentality…it was like they were still operating on the same wavelength they did…

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Fixing the Addiction Counselor Crunch: One University’s Plan to Help

Seventy-seven percent of counties across the country are currently suffering from severe shortages of behavioral health professionals. By 2025, the expected demand for treatment will create a shortage of over 15,000 workers. The lack of experts in therapeutic professions is hurting those who desperately need the support. A recent Harvard University study found just 17…

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    In prison, many of the women I met struggled with substance abuse issues. Although alcohol and drugs were no longer in endless supply in there, many of them carried on with the same addictive thoughts and behaviors. Manipulation, isolation, instant gratification, victim mentality…it was like they were still operating on the same wavelength they did…

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    Years ago, one of my bosses had a substance abuse problem – one that was well-known around the office. She didn’t just party a little too hard at work functions; she’d also miss meetings entirely, lash out unnecessarily at her subordinates, and pour vodka into her coffee every morning. Unfortunately she wasn’t the only person…

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