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“Recovering The Self” 10/29/2009

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Great Review for the new inspirational Journal “Recovering the Self” posted on AllBookReviews: “The premier edition of this informative journal is laden with handsomely arranged themes of recovery and healing.” Read More…

http://www.allbookreviews.com/Default.aspx?tabid=560

Keep Our Drug Courts 10/26/2009

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Good article today:

Keep drug courts — they’re effective

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers chooses to attack our nation’s most successful justice intervention for substance abusing offenders: drug courts (Cynthia Orr, Sept. 29 Other Views column, Rethink how we fight drugs).

It minimizes the impact of drug courts like the one in Miami-Dade, which has restored more than 12,000 lives and reunited tens of thousands of family members. NACDL only begrudgingly accepts drug courts as an interim improvement over the war on drugs until decriminalization is accomplished.

Two decades of research have proven that drug courts reduce crime, reduce drug abuse and save considerable money for taxpayers. The most conservative estimate is that every $1 invested in drug courts reaps between $2 to $3 in direct cost-savings to society.

Between 50 percent and 80 percent of all crimes are committed by substance abusers. NACDL’S assertion that drug courts are only treating low-level offenders is patently false. The majority of drug courts now treat serious offenders who have failed repeatedly in treatment and other dispositions.

NACDL recommends that drug courts treat high-risk offenders who would otherwise be in jail or prison bound in programs that do not require a guilty plea for entry.

But this would mean that serious and potentially violent offenders would face no legal repercussions whatsoever if they failed to complete treatment or even to attend it. When we consider the safety of our communities such recommendations cannot be taken seriously.

DOUGLAS B. MARLOW, chief of science, policy and law, The National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Alexandria, Va.

New Article Posted 10/21/2009

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New article posted regarding Addiction: What’s Really Going On?.”

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/123983#

Women in the Dark 10/21/2009

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New article posted today which I wrote for Irene Watson’s blog: “Re-writing Life Scripts.”

I would love to hear your feedback on this article…

http://rewritinglifescripts.com/blog_rewriting_life_scripts/

“Listen” to this Article 10/17/2009

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You can listen to this recent write-up exploring heroin addiction which mentions some of an Interview from me. The article is titled “Book Explores The Pain, Joy, Defeat of Battling Drug Addiction My book Addiction: What’s Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program is featured.

http://onealmediagroup.blogspot.com/

Interview/Article 10/15/2009

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Another article from an interview I did regarding addiction counseling and how important it is to consider the client’s spiritual/religous aspect.

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09100088.htm

Re-writing Life Scripts 10/14/2009

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I am writing Blog articles for the above site and want to share with you my most recent article: “Fall Season–Re-create You Reality.”

http://rewritinglifescripts.com/blog_rewriting_life_scripts/

Review Posted 10/14/2009

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New Book Review printed in “the Messenger” newsletter looks great! Check it out–

http://www.themessenger.info/content/

The Chemistry of Information Addiction 10/13/2009

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Scientific American 10/13/09

“Our brains, and the brains of other animals, have evolved to find information rewarding. In fact, not knowing is stressful, which is why we strive to decrease that uncertainty whenever possible. We want the information and we want it now!” The answer to why we need to have all the answers… read more

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=are-we-addicted-to-inform&sc=HLTH_20091013

Addiction Treatment Program Recommendation 10/11/2009

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Hilltop Recovery is a men’s residential treatment facility located in the serene hills above Middletown, California. You or a loved one will find a peaceful setting away from the everyday chaos of the outside world. Based on the social model recovery, we work together to address the commonalities in our addictions and build a solid foundation for the long-term sobriety. My son attended this program and I can recommend it to others. Visit web site: http://www.hilltoprecovery.com/home