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There have been many books, blogs, and articles written about emotional sobriety, however, the word sobriety often scares people off who are not in recovery from drugs or alcohol or some other type of addiction whether it is gambling, sex […]

I don’t know if I was just not watching the right channels yesterday but it appears that there was very little news on the airwaves about the results of Amy Winehouse’s toxicology reports on how she might have died.  It […]

Sometimes we get a craving for something sweet. We just want that sugar and we’ve got to have it. And sometimes we crave something salty. These kinds of cravings can be our body’s way of telling us what it needs: […]

As the seasons change, it naturally pushes us to think about making changes in our own lives. If you’re planning on making some positive changes this week, big or small, good for you. But I’m not sure this idea of […]

It seems none of us are exempt from the impact of the changing economy. Falling home values, increased prices at the grocery store, and the stratospheric price of college…kind of makes you want to run into an open field and […]

After watching a Lifetime movie the other night about the disappearance of Natalie Holloway in Aruba, I found myself feeling very uncomfortable in my own skin.  Of course, I was saddened by the loss of this beautiful young lady and […]

I have had the honor of not only working with alcoholics and addicts in private practice, but at many rehabs throughout Malibu.  Not surprisingly, the census is often down around the Fourth of July, just as it is in December […]

One of the best strategies for staying sober is to avoid old friends who still use and make new friends who don’t. But even sober friends might have a drink or smoke a little marijuana in a social situation. Certainly, […]

 It has become clear to me after years of working in the field of addictions; trauma can play a huge role in determining whether or not a client can heal.  Many clients grow up in dysfunctional families where their parents […]

This seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? So let’s start with the most simple answer: If you think you have a problem, it’s likely you do. But it’s not so simple after all, because addiction is probably the only […]