Recovery Professionals

I had the good fortune to hear Maria Gray lecture at the most recent Los Angeles meeting of W.A.A.T. (Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment). Her topic was Positive Psychology and the 12 Steps…I was fascinated. I had never considered incorporating positive psychology into psychotherapy in order to raise clients’ levels of happiness. Maria’s passion about this concept is evidence that she lives it.

We all want to see our loved ones be successful, happy and achieve their goals. This is never more powerful then a parents desire for their children. Who wouldn’t do almost anything to see their child grow into an emotionally well-adjusted adult? Just about every parent I’ve worked with has only the best of intentions for their kids yet many of them are actually setting them up for a harder life as a result of family dynamics and enabling.

In an effort to bring our readers more information for the families of young, female addicts, we are pleased to be able to highlight all the good work La Ventana is doing in the field of Eating Disorders (ED) coupled with Chemical Dependency (CD). La Ventana is known for providing an exceptional level of care based on the specific needs of each individual client. They offer a medically supervised detox program, address dual diagnosis, provide therapy, nutrition counseling, and many more modalities -- all on beautiful Southern California campuses in both Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks.

Myrna Harris’ career as an educational consultant takes her all over the United States. She helps support families as they embark on the daunting search for the appropriate solution for a child struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

In Part Two of Into the Heart of Addiction’s interview with Wilderness Treatment Center (WTC), clinical director Patrick Hawkins shares how important rehab aftercare is in the recovery process and what he considers the top asset of his program.

Wilderness Treatment Center (WTC) began helping young men recover from drug and alcohol addiction in 1983 and just celebrated their 31st anniversary last August. I had the opportunity to take a visit to North West Montana in early October and interview WTC Clinical Director, Patrick Hawkins. It is evident to see and hear the passion Pat has for his calling helping young men achieve sobriety, and understand his affinity for the wilderness as an effective teacher.

Bill Lane has been helping addicts for over fifty years. He’s a 1962 Synanon survivor who’s taken a life plagued by heroin addiction, deception and prison and transformed it to one of love and service through years of hard work.

Dr. Louise Stanger’s Interview Part Two explores Portraiture, Solution Focused Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, portraying addiction accurately in the media and why cell phones + substance abusers = more harm than good.

Dr. Louise Stanger radiates passion for her purpose: moving families to change through her “Invitational Intervention” approach to addiction treatment. Her solution-based paradigm gently leads families to bring their loved ones to a place where they can say, “Yes,” in seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, mental health disorders, process addictions such as eating disorders, gambling, or sex addiction. I sat down with Dr. Stanger and discovered that not only is she an expert clinician with over 35 years experience working with families and conducting interventions, but she is much more: Dr. Stanger is a compassionate, accomplished woman who is by all accounts, fabulous.

I had the good fortune of sitting down last week with Dr. Howard Samuels, founder and president of The Hills Treatment Center in Hollywood, and hearing his thoughts on how he envisions the 12 Step program evolving, long-term sobriety and the motley morphing of today’s recovery movement.