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Your Wellness and Recovery Guide While In Quarantine

Isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic can be challenging, especially for people in recovery. Although I am not in recovery I have been working in the addiction and recovery field for four years now, and because of that, I know for certain that recovery is not possible alone. Have you ever wondered why group therapy across the entire continuum of addiction… Read More
Military families and PTSD

How Can Military Families Become More Aware of PTSD Signs?

Families of loved ones in the military often deal with the heavy lifting of their loved ones. They struggle with the ways military life and stress collide and challenge them to cope on a day-to-day basis. Some military loved ones struggle with PTSD, but other family members can also have PTSD from dealing with a loved one’s addiction and struggles.… Read More
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Why is it Important to Know the Differences Between TBI and PTSD Symptoms?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens to some people when they experience an incident that affects brain function. For people who live with TBI, they may also experience symptoms of post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD). The combination of this can be devastating for people to live with because it makes their behavior and actions unpredictable at times. There are also people who struggle… Read More

Thera-me: The Service Equation

I have a lot to be grateful for... but am I doing enough in return? For our clients, for my family, for the people around me. Surely some have done much more than I. At a Veterans Cemetery recently with John, who is himself a Vet, we noticed this, over an entrance gate: “All gave Some, Some gave All.” Everyone’s… Read More

Thera-me: Of Gratitude and Service

It’s Tuesday evening in North Jersey and I’m driving to our facility in Paramus, full of curiosity and more than a little anxious. It’s our first VFR Women’s Veterans Support Group and its so damned important. Yes, we’ve all—our staff at Paramus—been totally into this first part of what will soon become a much bigger program to support women vets… Read More

Thera-me: Second Thoughts About UDS (yes, that’s urine screening)

Sure, the subject is a little awkward for most people, but clinically, in substance use treatment, Urine Drug Screening—UDS--is an everyday thing. “Which lab do you use?”  “Did the samples go out today?  “Does this sample need a confirmation?”  Welcome to my world. When it comes up in my work with clients, as in “I peed dirty for my PO,”… Read More