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The Power of Your Story

Kevin Love isn’t the person you usually turn to for inspiration. The 6’10” sharp-shooting power-forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers is a remarkable basketball player, but until recently he has not been known as a guy who motivates the masses. No, he’s the guy who advertises the power of milk as a way to build protein,

A Change in Treatment Begins with Increased Consumer Knowledge

David Sheff, author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, and Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, wrote a small piece on Time.com about the need for more treatment programs to use evidence based treatments for substance abuse.  In the author’s box at the bottom, there is a very common disclaimer,

Changing the Focus of Substance Abuse Treatment

This is part 2 of two responses to the New York Times article about Dr. Carl Hart’s research at Columbia University.  You can read Part 1 here and the the original NY Times article here. Some of the work of Carl Hart, an experimental psychologist at Columbia University, was described in the NY Times recently, and

Rethinking “Addicts”

This is part 1 of two responses to the New York Times article about Dr. Carl Hart’s research at Columbia University.  You can read Part 2 here, or the original NY Times article here.   Stereotypes are pretty dangerous things.  They bias opinion about a group of people, and are the basis for racism and bigotry. 

NY Times Advocates for Evidence Based Treatments

It's great to see the New York Times bringing to light a phenomenon CMC psychologists know all too well: there are many types of psychotherapy that have demonstrated effectiveness, however, these are typically NOT the treatments clients receive. Some of the barriers are lack of therapist training, therapist belief systems (therapy as art, therapy as

Book Review: Inside Rehab

An alert! CMC makes a book recommendation! As providers of evidence-based treatment for substance use and compulsive behaviors, we have been heartened and encouraged by the very recent publication of a new book about the treatment field, “Inside Rehab”, by Anne Fletcher.  It is an incredible book that details almost everything you will face as

The Role of Glucose in Decision Making

When we are helping our clients identify craving patterns (the thoughts, emotions and physical pull back toward a substance or behavior) and the decisions they make in response to them (i.e., do I respond to the craving with use, or do I use other skills to distract and diminish my cravings), we almost always ask

What is Willpower?

What is willpower?  Some sense of self-control, resilience, ability to stick to a goal in spite of obstacles?  It’s actually more of a folk wisdom term but it has a lot of power in our culture and psyches.  In the popular press, people with a “lot of willpower” are thought to be strong, competent and

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