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Addiction Counseling

Index to Posts on Emotions in Recovery

One of the surest signs that addicts are moving toward recovery is the return of their emotions. Once active use stops, their feelings are allowed to rise to the surface, often for the first time in many, many years. This period can be one of the most exciting — and one of the most dangerous […]

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 […]