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March 2012 Newsletter
Published by Elements Behavioral Health


Too Old to Get Sober? Don't Believe It

Is Empathy An Outdated Concept?

An Interview with Jonathan Appelhans, Life Coach at Promises

Parenting Teens: Prevention in Action

An Interview with Patrick Casthely, Clinical Director at The Recovery Place

Relapse in Sexual Addiction: An Opportunity to Refocus on Recovery

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Too Old to Get Sober? Don't Believe It

Promises | March 5, 2012

There's an old saying that you're only as old as you feel. But that's just telling half of the story. When it comes to those of us of a "certain age," whatever that age may be, who have been comfortably ensconced in our particular drug of choice for many a year, it may often mean that we believe we are too old to get sober.

Research studies, however, show the negative assessment to be largely a result of conditioning. In other words, if we think something bad about our prospects, especially about our ability to get clean and sober and stay that way, and we're older adults, guess what? Our belief tends to become reality.

How can we go from being mired in depressing and totally brutal self-assessment of our addictive behavior to coming to the realization that there is, indeed, hope for us? Read more...

Is Empathy An Outdated Concept?

Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. | March 16, 2012

Read Dr. David Sack's PsychCentral piece on the decline of empathy seen among young people and why cultivating empathy in children is so critical.


An Interview with Jonathan Appelhans, Life Coach at Promises

Promises | March 8, 2012

Jonathan Appelhans helps recovering addicts become more effective in how they manage their daily lives - how they plan and structure their days, how they meet their obligations to their own physical, emotional and spiritual needs. But he also walks through these things with the client, and they discuss how these things work into the bigger picture of ultimately being where, and who they want to be.

With his guidance, clients find support, and ultimately, empowerment to answer their own difficult questions regarding the most practical aspects of their recovery and transition: I feel like I'm being overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations, how am I going to keep this all together? I've worked my way into such a hole, how can I ever get out of it?

Learn more about Jonathan and his work as a Life Coach...

Parenting Teens: Prevention in Action

Elements | March 5, 2012

When it comes to parenting teenagers, it may seem like a three ring circus. Sex, drugs, and the pop music scene all threatening to undo all the hard work you've done until this point to help guide your children to grow up into responsible and safe young adults. During the teenage years, though, it is as if your children develop an allergy to you and most other adults. It can be scary for parents, wondering who their impressionable teens are trusting and listening to. As teens appear to reject their parents, parents can start to feel lost and without a role, and a hands off "hope for the best" attitude sometimes takes over.


An Interview with Patrick Casthely, Clinical Director at The Recovery Place

Elements | March 12, 2012

Ask Patrick Casthely and he'll tell you dreams do come true, just not always in the ways you'd suspect. Patrick was working as a licensing specialist with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families when he first came to know The Recovery Place.

"During the tour, I fell in love with the place," he says. "The staff, the leadership, the aesthetics - this was a treatment center that met the highest standards of excellence. This was a treatment center I would choose for a family member."

Five years later, Patrick now serves as the clinical director of The Recovery Place, a position he describes as a "dream come true."

Learn more about Patrick...

Relapse in Sexual Addiction: An Opportunity to Refocus on Recovery

The Ranch | March 1, 2012

Relapse is a term often applied to substance addiction recovery, but the term also applies to the estimated three to five percent of adults in the U.S. who are living with sexual addiction.

Like a relapse into alcohol or drug use, relapse with the sexual addiction recovery process is difficult, both emotionally and physically - but is also considered a normal element of the process as people work toward long-term recovery. In terms of sexual addiction, however, relapse can mean added struggles because the behavior may be viewed by some as a "bad decision," rather than as the result of a complex set of factors, including brain-level factors that create addictive cravings for sexual behaviors.


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