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Category: Substance Use Disorders

“Hey doc, are you in recovery too?”

Patients sometimes express curiosity about their therapists by asking them personal questions. When treating patients who suffer from alcohol and other substance use disorders, it is not uncommon for therapists to be on the receiving end of questions such as, “Are you in recovery too?” or “Have you ever used [insert name of substance]?” or “Haven’t you ever binge-drank?”

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Seven Steps for Anger

CBT for Anger By Norman Cotterell, PhD Anger is built on expectations. We expect people to treat us fairly and they don’t.  We expect children to respect the wishes of their elders and they don’t. We expect the government to have our needs at heart and it doesn’t. Each time there is a gap between expectation and reality, anger is more than willing to fill in that gap.  Each time someone…
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Denial in Substance Use

CBT for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders By Cory Newman, PhD, ABPP Therapists who treat patients struggling with alcohol and other substance use problems are familiar with the problems of under-reporting, minimizing, and denial. Under-reporting means that the patient is willing to disclose that he or she partakes of alcohol and/or other substances, but does not report the full amount either because of low self-awareness, self-serving bias, shame, and/or fear of anticipated consequences (e.g., being…
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