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  • CHANGE: IT’S JUST LIKE RIDING A BIKE

    “You need to change. Now!”

    That’s the world we live in. We want everything now, now now. When it comes to our relationships and unhealthy behaviors, the day we decide to make changes whether through self-motivation or at the request of a someone else, that’s typically the day we (or they) want them to happen. In many cases, there is no margin for error or regression. You either get it together right NOW, or you go. Continue Reading

  • Eating 101: It’s Not Me. It’s Dopamine!

    You want to know why you have no will power when it comes to things like cookies, cake, pizza, pasta, ice cream, double cheeseburgers, Doritos and/or Devil Dogs?

    It’s because you’re weak!

    I’m just kidding. If you’re like me, that’s the message you’ve beaten into your head since you polished off your first pint of Ben and Jerries or full can of Pringles.

    Good news. It’s turns out you’re not weak. You’re just a victim of dopamine.

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    January 27, 2015 • Addiction, General Life Lessons, Health and Body • Views: 2101

  • You Say You Want a Resolution

    It’s December 29th. Have you made your new years resolutions yet? Don’t worry if you haven’t. You can just use last years list; just like you did last year and every year before that.

    Lose weight. Get organized. Save money. Get healthy. Drink less. Etc. Etc. Etc. Continue Reading

    December 29, 2014 • Addiction, General Life Lessons, Therapy Through Movies • Views: 1146

  • Relationships 101: When One Person Gets Sober and the Other Does Not

    There’s nothing unusual about the consumption of alcohol on a first date. Let’s face it, this can be an extremely unnerving experience and a shared bottle of wine or a couple of martini’s can be just the elixir that will get you through those first date jitters. It can help you to lower your guard and move quickly past that initial nervousness and neurosis (to say nothing of what it can do to jump-start sexual intimacy).  Where it needs to be of concern is if and when alcohol and/or drugs become one of your common interests and one of the very fun things the two of you bond over.   Continue Reading

    September 12, 2014 • Addiction, Relationships, Therapy Through Movies • Views: 1615

  • Robin Williams talks Life and Death with Marc Maron

    Typically, when Robin Williams appeared on a talk show, the only one doing the talking would be Robin Williams; and it wouldn’t be to answer any questions.

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    August 22, 2014 • Addiction, Depression, Randomness • Views: 1092

  • Zosia Mamet on Struggling with a Lifelong Eating Disorder

    This is an inspiring article appearing in the September issue of Glamour magazine chronicling actress Zosia Mamet’s (GIRLS) lifelong struggle with her eating disorder. It’s an exceptional piece, specifically in the way she is able to discuss her problem in terms of being an addiction. Many people don’t recognize that eating disorders carry with them a very addictive component that is as hard to quit as an other drug or negative behavior. It’s the reason why people who suffer from eating disorders have found comfort and success in the same twelve step recovery programs as any other addict. Continue Reading

    August 20, 2014 • Addiction, Health and Body • Views: 989

  • Robin Williams: What Can We Do?

     

    There is so much I find troubling about the death of Robin Williams, it’s hard to know where to begin to speak about it. Like so many others, it hit me hard. While his family and close friends mourn the clearly troubled person he was, myself and the rest of the world  mourns the public person we’ve come to know, love and admire through his almost forty years of work in films, television and stand-up/talk-show appearances. It’s the stark contrast between that public wackiness and the sudden option for suicide that I think many of us are finding ourselves lost in. The reality is, for the first time we are forced to look at him as a real person with real problems (and real mental illness) rather than Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork or a cartoon character; the person we wrongly assumed he was based solely on his professional career as an entertainer. Continue Reading

    August 16, 2014 • Addiction, Depression, Randomness • Views: 905