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HOW I WORK WITH MY CLIENTS; A RECOVERY LIFE COACH'S APPROACH

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Alida Schuyler MS, PCC, is a leading expert, trainer, speaker and consultant for Recovery Coaching worldwide. She is co-founder of Recovery Coaches International and Director of Crossroads Recovery Coaching Inc.

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CONVERSATION WITH A NON-BELIEVER

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Thom Rutledge, LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship -- as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 20 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion.

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THE POWER OF AWARENESS

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Thom Rutledge LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 20 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. The author of several books, Thom also writes regularly for self-help/recovery publications around the country, including Steps for Recovery (Los Angeles), The Phoenix (Minneapolis) and Recovery Today (national).

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How to Help a Loved One Withdraw from an Addiction

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Addictions of all kinds can be incredibly difficult to overcome. When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it can greatly affect you as well. Naturally, you don't like to watch them suffer and you're searching for ways to help.

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THE WISDOM OF IGNORANCE

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Thom Rutledge LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship -- as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 20 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion.

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE ON ALL TYPES OF ADDICTION

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On August 24, 2011, the ASAM released a new document defining addiction which you can read by clicking the link at the end of my blog.  In this release, Dr. Raju Haleja, former president of the Canadian Society of Addicction Medicine and Chair of the ASAM committee that crafted the new definition says that "Addiction is addiction.  It doesn't matter what cranks your brain in that direction, once it has changed direction, you are vulnerable to all addiction."

My memoir, Addictionland, which will be published and released in the upcoming year (sign up for email notification), supports this concept and demonstrates how a person with a good head on her shoulders can become addicted to mutliple unhealthy substances/behaviors as a result of her brain function.  What I love most about this new definition is it helps break the stigma of addiction which happens to be the leading reason addicted people do not seek the help they desparately need. 

This is not to say brain chemistry is the only reason people get hooked on drugs or shopping or gambling. Obviously, trauma and low-self esteem and/or depression can lead to the same negative results. What this does say, however, is that according to 80 leading mediccal experts, the chronic neurological disorder is the primarcy cause of addiction and that is a BIG DEAL!!

Next question. What can I do about it if I am one of those people?  For one thing, you can join our site and blog about your experience. Or, you can write to me (someone who has overcome addiction to food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and unhealthy relationships) and allow me to share my experience with you.

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GENDER IDENTITY: RISK FOR ADDICTION IN TRANSGENDER, GAY, LESBIAN, AND BI-SEXUAL POPULATIONS

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Gender identity describes an internal sense of whether one is male or female. When an individual is transgender, this feeling doesn't match their actual sex.  Their body is male or female, but inside they feel that they are really the opposite sex.  Many people feel "trapped" in the wrong body.

This feeling of being different may begin early in life. Many adults who are transgender remember noticing a difference as children between what their bodies looked like on the outside and what they felt on the inside. Other transgender people make this discovery as adults. Some individuals decide to make changes like surgery or hormones to alter their body. These changes are described as "transsexual." 

It is also important to distinguish that some individuals use makeup, haircuts, or clothing styles to look like members of the other gender. Cross-dressing is not the same thing as being transgender. Cross-dressers may be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.

 Stigma, Shame, Discrimination and Fear Cause Many Stressors:

For both the transgender and the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual population, feeling isolated, different, odd, weird and sad can lead to depression.  In some cases depression can lead to suicide.  Transgender teens are especially susceptible to depression, suicide and suicide attempts. It is also important to address discrimination, fear, rejection, confusion and bullying.  Transgender individuals may experience people who are discriminatory due to lack of information, biases and ignorance.  Unfortunately, encounters can add to an already existing feeling of self-hatred, low esteem or depression.

Conversely, there are many supporters too.  Additionally, there are thousands of people who share the same transgender and gay or lesbian status.  They have experienced and even have learned to cope with the same problems, emotions and insecurities.  These are the people to seek out and learn from!  Below are some supportive suggestions for compassionate and understanding assistance:

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Meditation for Addiction Recovery

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We are all addicts. This is true whether we've ever touched, heroin, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine or any other substances associated with addiction. The human ego spends its time clinging to comfortable, familiar and pleasant experience. It also flees from uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.

An extreme example of the latter is buried traumatic memories in the case of warfare or rape. While in some cases this is a healthy process, it mainly amounts to addiction.

A lot of spiritual literature emphasizes the art of nonattachment. You'll notice that Buddhism places a huge emphasis on this, and it's the same with a variety of other wellness traditions both spiritual and secular. In many of these cases, you may notice that meditation is recommended as a training vehicle for learning nonattachment.

What I'm saying here is that meditation is the art of addiction recovery in the most fundamental sense of the term. Meditation is the long term antidote to the "Great Addiction" - the desperate grasping of the ego.

When you can calmly observe your moment to moment experience as a detached observer, then you can gradually dissolve all the problems of the addicted mind at their roots. The more present you can be with your thoughts and experiences without addiction, the more efficiently you "digest" them. This means emotional healing and recovery from not only addictions, but from all types of tension that the Great Addiction creates.

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HELP SOMEONE FIND THEIR MARK IN RECOVERY

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Dr. Barbara Sinor is a retired Psychotherapist living in northern California. Sinor is the author of five inspirational books including her most recent, Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery. Sinor can be contacted through her web site: www.DrSinor.com

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THE SOBRIETY FORMULA

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"This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.  Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear.   When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone.  Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help.  Love and tolerance of others is our code." Pg. 84 Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous

I call this the sobriety formula. Increase No matter what problem I complained about, my sponsor directed me to this page and promised me I would "cease fighting anything or anyone" if I followed these steps.  I remember being very irritated by this response early in my sobriety because I felt I wasn't being heard or understood. How could words on a page in a book written back in 1935 solve my dilemma with my current boyfriend? my job? my family?

To this day, whenever I am disturbed, I utilize this formula. I have watched my various, deadly addictions drop from me year after year like the useless skin of a snake. I have noticed my ever widening circle of friends.  I have experienced an ever increasing peace inside of me, even when I fly upside down in the middle of a thunderstorm.  I no longer run the show.  I have the great pleasure of demonstrating to others, through my ever increasing freedom, the miraculous power of Truth and selflessness and abstinance. 

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