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Addiction Counseling

Tough Love in Addiction Recovery Programs

How do we properly cope with the emotional distress that some staff members experience when called upon to dismiss residents for violating recovery program rules? A.  The Principle of “Tough Love”  –    One of the keys to overcoming staff difficulties in this area is educating them in the important principles of “tough love.”    While it can be extremely difficult […]

Right Length for a Residential Recovery Program?

Awhile ago, I was asked by a staff member of a rescue mission, “We want to lengthen our drug/alcohol program from ninety days to 42 weeks. Is this too long a time to expect a man to stay on a program?” Unlike programs that rely on government or insur ­ance funds, rescue missions have no funding […]

Using Drug Tests in Residential Recovery Programs

Certainly, drug testing is an important tool for managers of residential recovery programs.   Dishonesty is one of the hallmarks of addiction. So, keeping those who have expressed a desire to change accountable is a good thing.   But, is it possible to overdo it? Another critical element of the recovery process is building trust between staff […]