Post-addiction Buddhist blues (and how to soothe them) in the era of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic reminds us not only of the proximity of death (and other fun stuff) but of the unsolvable (irresolvable? insoluble? — I can’t even resolve that) contradictions we face throughout our lives. Here’s one that’s had me chasing my tail for awhile: How should we address ourselves with compassion and love when in […] (Read the rest.)

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ACT for addiction

Here’s a guest post by a therapist who has been using ACT for clients with addictions for many years. Jaime highlights core principles using examples from his practice. I follow with a longish comment on aspects of ACT that I find especially important.   …by Jaime Booth Jenkins BSW MAPP… “Between stimulus and response there […] (Read the rest.)

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Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Too much talk or a clear lens on addiction?

Last post I said I’d review schools of psychotherapy that promise to target addiction, and ACT and IFS were at the top of my list. I’ll get to these, but I thought I’d spread the net a bit wider. So I’m starting this series with a look at “psychodynamic” or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. I think the […] (Read the rest.)

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Steering out of addiction: Practices that work

In my psychotherapy (and chats, consultations, etc) with people in addiction, I combine skills I’ve picked up over 35 years studying clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. But it’s not enough. I need retooling. I’ve developed some good intuitions about how to do psychotherapy…mostly by doing it, putting theory into practice. And I can […] (Read the rest.)

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From Recovery Supergirl to Harm Reduction Warrior: My journey from 12 Steps to HAMS

…by April Smith… What’s HAMS? If you don’t know about it yet, this guest post says it all: HAMS stands for Harm Reduction, Abstinence and Moderation Support. I’ve recognized and admired this organization for years, and I’m delighted to have April tell you more about it. ………………………… I went to rehab at age 40 after […] (Read the rest.)

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