When you graduated with a degree in Psychology or Social Work or became certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselor back in the day, the general consensus was there were basically two options for employment after you graduated: either work for an agency or go into private practice. Within those two options, private practice was considered a dirty word and “politically incorrect. Becoming a media expert on national television was rarely recognized unless you wrote a book, and there certainly was no Dr. Drew or Dr. Phil. It was understood you were going to graduate and provide therapy for emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and that was “good enough.” What is so exciting for today’s clinician or chemical dependency counselor, is that there are many more options running the gambit from working in traditional settings such as a non-profit institution or agency to taking the road less traveled and becoming a media psychologist, media consultant, marketing director or even a radio or TV host. Today, being a clinician in America means many things, and for many clinicians like myself, they have been able to brand themselves. For example, I am known as a Celebrity Psychotherapist who has worked in addictions from my work on the VH1 reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab.” That is just one example of how the face of the mental health practioner has changed with the influx of reality TV, blog radio, blogging, YouTube, and all the other opportunities that go beyond the agency setting.
Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and multiple other sites all
provide options to stay connected, stay informed and meet others with
similar likes and interests. However, there is also a darker side to
social media that is becoming more and more recognized in its role in
the breakdown of relationships, particularly marriages.
When the movie, The Secret, debuted, it generated instant buzz. Everyone wanted to know more and more about this Law of Attraction concept. The idea is that everything is made up of energy, and since energy vibrates, that means everything that exists actually vibrates whether you can view it or not.
The spectrum for addiction is varied and long. As the world evolves, so does the list of potential addictive substances. The question arises of what seemingly harmless activities can turn into devastating addictions? How can this behavior be curbed before it becomes out of control? And what is the major underlying facet that contributes to living an addicted life?
As a professional in the field of recovery or a recovering addict, have you found that traditional methods regarding recovery don’t always suit your client’s needs? This is not to say that traditional 12-Step methods are not worthwhile, for that is not the case. In fact, the 12-Steps are usually the first place I go with my clients. But there are those times when I am stuck, and they refuse to go to a meeting.