Addicts in psychotherapy are often ambivalent about whether they are ready to act compassionately, even if their own recovery depends on it. You may ask, what could possibly cause ambivalence in the area of compassion?
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.
Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag is a guide for finding the way back to one’s personal truth, authenticity and purpose by shedding the stories that we tell ourselves about or own lives. The book draws on Native American and shamanistic traditions, Eastern practices, universal spiritual pathways, and a medicine bag of other heart-opening methodologies developed by two seasoned experts, Lee McCormick and Mary Falkner. Readers are given the tools to step away from addictive, compulsive behaviors that hold them back, so they experience real happiness and joy as their spirit soars-- Living Happy, Joyous and Free!
With the accessibility of digital tools for creativity and self-expression, the phenomenon of digital art has overwhelmed channels of online and print communication.The application of digital arts in educational, professional and creative settings has become commonplace. Now, the recovery community is being exposed to a more deliberate use of digital technology in healing as many people who are seeking to recover from addiction and trauma are turning to digital arts.
2014 saw Congress and federal agencies pay more attention to substance abuse and addiction than any other time in recent history. The growing heroin and opioid epidemic was front and center as both chambers held numerous hearings on the subject this year. Several members of congress stepped into the fray, from both sides of the aisle and in both chambers. There were members of congress addressing the issue who had been working on it for years, such as Rep. Tim Ryan and Senator Carl Levin. There were lawmakers, such as Senators Markey and Ayotte, taking up the issue because they were hearing about the spread of heroin in their home states. In the federal agencies, even the Center for Disease Control wants to do more to address the spread of opioid abuse.