Drug and Alcohol Treatment in America has been based on the Medical Model of Treatment. According to Wikipedia, the medical model of addiction is rooted in the philosophy that addiction is a disease and has biological, neurological, genetic, and environmental sources of origin. Treatment includes potential detox with a 28 day or more stay at a residential treatment facility. The continuum of care can include an additional 28 days at the partial hospitalization level, followed by another 6 weeks of Intensive Outpatient.
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.
With the advent of the holiday season, many people experience more than a little overwhelm. This season may even trigger emotional, social, and behavioral symptoms that are not always welcomed with open arms.
Definition of Happiness: State of wellbeing characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
We call this the holiday season. Family, food, fun, and train wrecks all rolled into one span of time: Thanksgiving to New Year’s.