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Dr. Renae Norton

Dr. Renae Norton has worked in the field of eating disorders, for the past thirty years using a combination of family therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and education as her primary modes of intervention.

Allison Fogarty

Allison Fogarty is an interventionist, Registered Addiction Specialist intern and has worked extensively in multifaceted directorial roles of residential treatment. Allison has been on A&E’s Intervention, worked with the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, and Alliance for Consumer Education, where she has appeared on several talk shows, public service announcements, and as a guest lecturer at several addiction venues in the fight to prevent the use of, and further the education of, inhalant abuse.
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Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood is a licensed psychologist who practices in  Bethesda, Maryland and specializes in the treatment of addictions and trauma. She is the author of two books that explain the impact of alcoholism on families and describe a path toward recovery for family members.  Her first book, Children of Alcoholism: The Struggle for Self and Intimacy in Adult Life wa an alternate selection of the Psychotherapy and Social Sciences Review in 1987, and is identified in the current New York Review of Books Reader’s Catalog as one of the best books in print. The Journal of Contemporary Psychology described it as "compelling from intellectual and emotional standpoints" and said that it was "highly recommended to a general clinical readership.” Dr. Wood's second book, Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home" is a book written for parents in recovery from alcoholism, co-dependence, and other addictive problems. It helps them to become “therapeutic ” parents—active and compassionate listeners and sensitive guides to children in crisis.  A reviewer from the Harvard Medical School described it as" an impressive contribution for everyone who grapples with this issue in their own lives as well as for practitioners helping their clients to become therapeutic parents.”

Dr. Wood also performs forensic evaluations and provides expert testimony in cases where plaintiffs or defendants have been affected by traumatic events and/or substance abuse disorders.  Washingtonian Magazine has identified her as one of the top 123 psychotherapists in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She lectures widely on her work. Read Dr. Wood's Blog

Cathy Taughinbaugh

Cathy Taughinbaugh has experienced the devastation of substance abuse and addiction with two of her children.  As a result of her journey, she became a Certified Parent Life and Recovery Coach and founded CathyTaughinbaugh.com

Cathy is committed to educating parents, young adults and teens about the dangers of substance abuse. Numerous articles, resources and eBooks are available on her website for all those who are going through the same or similar challenges in their lives. Cathy is committed to spreading awareness about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. She is a member of The Partnership at Drugfree.org’s National Parent Network. Cathy was an educator for 15 years.

Alison Smela

Alison is in long-term recovery from alcohol and an eating disorder following a 30-year struggle with both.  After 25-year career in advertising, Alison stepped away from the corporate world to focus on what truly mattered in her life, honoring her recovery and dedicating herself to serving others who seek the same freedom from addiction. 

Alison shares her story and expressions of hope by speaking on the topic of midlife recovery at treatment centers, in support groups, and with other communities of those seeking change.  She’s been the focus of many articles in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times and Health Day News and has contributed to articles in Vogue, Forbes and Parenting Magazine.  She is often asked to co-host webinars and to serve as featured speaker for teleconferences on the subject of recovery later in life and is an ongoing contributor to social media conversations relevant to the same.

She’s an active member of a 12-Step Recovery fellowship and serves on the Board of Directors for MentorCONNECT, the first global nonprofit online eating disorder mentoring community.

Alison is a writer and author of the forthcoming book, “Stop. Breathe. Recover” while she maintains her blog, “Alison’s Insights” focused on the life lessons she’s learned through the course of her recovery process.

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Caroline Adams Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is an internationally-known coach, author, educator and motivational speaker on the topic of goal accomplishment and its connection with happiness, and is recognized as one of the world's leaders on this research and how it can be applied to one's life for maximum transformation and growth.  She is also the author of several heralded and ground-breaking books, including "My Name is Caroline" the first autobiography by a bulimia survivor (Doubleday 1988 and soon-to-be re-released in 2013), and most recently "Positively Caroline," the first autobiography by a bulimia survivor who has decades of recovery.

Caroline is one of the first graduates of the Master's of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (2006), and her capstone project became the best-selling book, "Creating Your Best Life" (Sterling 2009), the first mass market guide to the connection between the science of happiness and the science of goal accomplishment.  She has been featured in the media for decades, and XM Radio featured her "Tip of the Day" for two years.  Caroline is a graduate of Harvard University and mother of three adult children who lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband. 

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Catherine Townsend-Lyon

As a first-time author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon lives her Life in Recovery, But her passion & mission as a recovery writer and blogger, is to help others who still suffer from this cunning disease of "Addicted Compulsive Gambling."

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Welcome to Addictionland’s Blogging and Recovery Community.  Here you will find addiction recovery blogs on a variety of topics, written by experts with a wealth of knowledge to share with you.  Our experts run the gamut from authors to physicians, life coaches to mothers, and professors to interventionists. If there is a specialist/topic you would like to see covered on this site or, if you are an expert yourself and would like to be featured on Addictionland, kindly contact us and share your experience, insight and ideas.

Dr. Renae Norton: April Expert

Dr. Renae Norton has worked in the field of eating disorders, for the past thirty years using a combination of family therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and education as her primary modes of intervention.

Upcoming Experts

May: Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness.  He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction. 

June: Dr. Nicole Kosanke
is the Director of Family Services at the Center for Motivation and Change and has worked in both therapeutic and research to help people change substance abusing behaviors. She also has specialized training in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) which is a unique treatment approach designed to help family members take care of themselves while helping their substance abusing loved ones engage in treatment.

July: Erika Cormier, author of  the memoir, "As the Smoke Clears", understands first hand that addiction isn't always a "visible" disease.  She has dedicated her life to helping other women suffering from addiction and has drafted a bill to place caps on the high cost of outpatient addiction-related services.

August: Lisa Frederiksen. For more than a decade, Lisa Frederiksen has been researching, writing, consulting and speaking on addiction as a brain disease, co-occurring disorders, secondhand drinking|drugging, help for the family and related topics - all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research.

September: Cathryn Kemp is author of Painkiller Addict: From Wreckage To Redemption which charts her descent into addiction to prescription drugs and her eventual recovery.

October: Jessica Levith holds a Master's Degree in Cliniclal Psychology and works in a private practice setting with female sex and love addicts, in Oakland, California. She is a Certified Sex and Love Addiction Candidate, training directly with Patrick Carnes and attends and ongoing neuropsychology group led by the acclaimed Dr. Allan Schore.

November: Lauren Stahl, a 27-year-old gay woman in recovery from an eating disorder, alcohol, and drug addiction, is a former Wall Street executive and Founder of Sparkite.com, a global accountability website providing  empowerment, support and love.

December: Patricia Rosen is Founder of The Sober World Magazine,  an informative magazine for parents and families who have loved ones struggling with addiction. Patricia started the magazine in memory of her son, Steven, who lost his life after a drug overdose.

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