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The Power of Forgiveness: Genesis Quarterly Workshop

The Power of Forgiveness: Genesis Quarterly Workshop

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On Friday April 27th, Genesis Programs Thousand Oaks hosted another amazing workshop for professionals in the surrounding Los Angeles and Ventura County areas. The workshop began with an introduction by Athena Naranjo, Genesis Programs Clinical Director, who presented some details on new legislations that Congress is looking to pass in the upcoming months. Athena shared that her trip to Washington DC in support of the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) Family Days movement was an “experience that will last for a lifetime.” She thanked Julia Brownly, California’s 26th Congressional Representative and Kamala Harris, United States Senator of California for taking the…
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Family & Friends Support Group

Family & Friends Support Group

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It is neither a new thought nor a well-kept secret that family involvement in a substance misuse or abuse treatment program greatly increases the chances for a successful experience. However, some of the subtle reasons for family involvement are often misunderstood or even overlooked. For example, we know that it increases the chances for a successful treatment experience for the enrollee, but we also know that it helps the family and friends who participate as well. We suspect that anyone reading this who has had any type of a relationship with someone in an active addiction can confirm that they…
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Over 60 Track – Coming Soon!

Over 60 Track – Coming Soon!

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Health care providers often overlook the possibility of substance abuse or misuse in older adults. Despite the staggering rate of increase in the abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs among adults 60 and over, health care providers often find it difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can mimic other medical conditions and behavioral disorders found among this population. In addition, misconceptions and ageism add to reasons why older adults remain under-identified, under-diagnosed, and under-treated. There is no demographic that is immune to the possibility of substance misuse. And while any age group is susceptible, it is also true that the…
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Addiction Counseling: What Makes it Different?

Addiction Counseling: What Makes it Different?

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William White, in his new book, The History of Addiction Counseling in the United States, says the following: “There are four defining premises of addiction counseling that historically separate the addiction counselor from other helping roles. These premises are that: 1) severe and persistent alcohol and other drug problems constitute a primary disorder rather than a superficial symptom of underlying problems, 2) the multiple life problems experienced by AOD-impacted individuals can be resolved only within the framework of recovery initiation and maintenance, 3) many individuals with high problem complexity (biological vulnerability, high severity, co-morbidity) and low “recovery capital” (internal assets,…
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What Constitutes an Addiction?

What Constitutes an Addiction?

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Addiction is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by a maledaptive pattern of behavior or substance use which leads to significant impairment in a person’s life. It is critical to understand addiction as a complex issue with roots that seem to be: (more…)
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Just What is Treatment Anyway?

Just What is Treatment Anyway?

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Treatment for Substance Use Disorders, just like treatment for any chronic illness, has evolved over the years as our knowledge has increased. Through experience, research and improved technology we now know more about the progression of addiction, about brain chemistry and the effects of drugs on brain activity, and, through outcome studies, what actually works and what does not. We have seen the emergence of a whole new profession – the addiction counselor. We have seen the development of college degree programs focused on addiction studies. And we have seen this thing called “treatment” become big business. (more…)
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