1. He Used the Word ADDICT

    When we hear big news – big BAD negative news – we are shocked, overwhelmed, and sometimes crippled.  Almost always, we just wish the news would go away. I will never forget being called in for a meeting in 2009.  It was a Wednesday, half way through the week our son was spending at the Caroli…Read More

  2. Why People With ADHD Are More Prone To Addiction

    Addiction and ADD seem to be like best friends.  A very large number of adults and adolescents we treat for addiction also have ADHD.  Sometimes this has already been diagnosed before they come to us and sometimes we diagnose it after the fact. I often get asked about medicating children for ADHD …Read More

  3. Beating Addiction Requires Strategy!

    Cowboys don’t beat addiction, chess players do. Translation…. It is not about being tough; it’s about being strategic! You have to be smart to survive this cancer. YES, I MEANT TO CALL IT A CANCER!!! Have you ever heard that addiction/alcoholism is “cunning, baffling, and powerful”? There …Read More

  4. Addiction or Normal Teen Experimentation?

    Here are 3 ways to differentiate between normal teenage drug/alcohol experimentation and the beginning stages of an addiction: 1. Normal parenting interventions are not working (at least not for long). Addicted teens will continue to use drugs/alcohol even after you have done all the normal parent…Read More

  5. What It’s Really Gonna Take to Stop A Compulsive Behavior

    When it comes to compulsive behaviors (addiction, alcoholism, self harm, gambling, etc...), regular talk therapy isn't going to cut it!  When you're dealing with compulsivity, you can talk about it all day long, you can analyze why its happening, you can have insight into the behavior, you can expr…Read More

  6. How Do Drugs Affect the Brain?

    This is a huge question to answer in a blog post but I’ll give it my best try. Let’s start with the brain as a whole and move into the more minute details of the subject. The base of the brain (brain stem) is often referred to as the “reptile brain.”  I like to call it the “croc brain,”…Read More