Alcohol Use Disorder, There is Treatment beyond AA

In my practice I often run into individuals who are having difficulty maintaining their roles as a functioning parent, spouse, co-worker due to their drinking. Yet these individuals are nowhere near “rock bottom” as the AA big book says one needs to be in order to truly seek deliverance....

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Handling the Tough Emotions of Alzheimer’s Disease

“ Alzheimer’s initially attacks the cognitive functions of the brain, so sufferers are said to be existing in an emotional world rather than the rational. Being confronted by reasoning that the Alzheimer’s sufferer may not understand will cause confusion and anxiety, leading to emotional outbursts.” So I say in...

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An in-depth look at dementia and music as therapy

Robert Ryan, Art Psychotherapist, Chicago; Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, neurologist at Rush University Medical Center; and Skip Landt, music teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music join Dave Hoekstra as he shares some of his own experience in caring for a loved one with dementia. Over 90 minutes...

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A Cause, and a Clinic Worth Supporting

The Old Irving Park Community Clinic is a free, primary care facility founded in 2007 by George Maltezos, LCPC and Dr. Charles Martinez on the belief that all people, regardless of socio-economic status, have the right to quality health care. I started volunteering for the clinic in early 2012...

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Surviving Grief

I did not write the following, however I post it here as I have almost never read a more heartfelt and helpful description of grief and the grieving process. The original post can be found here on reddit. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far)...

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How to get the most out of counseling

No one wants to waste their time, and let’s face it, those copays add up, so I decided to distribute this article to help you get the most out of your counseling. As a therapist, I love helping clients get better. Some of the changes I’ve witnessed have been...

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