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May 2011 Newsletter
Published by Elements Behavioral Health


Healthy Dating for Recovering Sex Addicts

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

An Interview with Patricia Womack

Teens and Adolescents Addicted to Gambling

When a Doctor Has a Substance Abuse Problem

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The Do's and Don'ts of Healthy Dating for Recovering Sex Addicts

The Ranch | May 12, 2011

Dating experts advise that finding a suitable companion can take a lot of effort and easily be as time consuming and involved as a career move, not to mention hard on your self esteem. Dating is a numbers game, the more potential spouses you meet, the better chance you have of finding a good one.

Unfortunately too many people give up looking too quickly. Common scenarios that lead to dating despair include the emotionally needful woman consistently getting her heart broken by getting serious or sexual too quickly with the wrong guys. Or just as problematic, the superficial or inexperienced dater who, using dating as a metaphor for casual sex, ultimately becomes more skilled with the Kama Sutra than in forming meaningful partnerships.


Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Addiction Intervention | May 6, 2011

Bipolar disorder can manifest in conjunction with another mental disorder, such as substance abuse. In fact, of all psychiatric disorders, substance abuse is the condition most likely to co-occur with bipolar disorder. Because either one of these illnesses, by itself, can wreak havoc in a patient's life, the combination of substance abuse and bipolar disorder is a dire situation indeed.

Research has shown that over 60 percent of bipolar patients are also alcoholics. As such, medical practitioners who care for substance abusers must first rule out other types of mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, in order to effectively treat the patient.

Continue reading for some things to think about as you start planning.

An Interview with Patricia Womack: Residential Counselor at Promises West LA

Elements Behavioral Health | April 12, 2011

With 23 years in recovery, Patricia (Pat) Womack has a unique way of connecting with her clients. "I've been to hell and back," she said, "so while I may not know exactly how a client is feeling, I can tell them that I've been there and that I understand. It's not just something I read in a book."

Read more about Patricia...

Sexual Recovery Institute Gets a New Website

SRI | May 2011

The Sexual Recovery Institute recently launched a newly designed website. Please visit www.sexualrecovery.com for the latest information about love and sex addiction, treatment options, and upcoming lectures and workshops.

More Teens and Adolescents Addicted to Gambling; May Not Be an Uncommon Problem

Promises | May 10, 2011

While problems with alcohol may make headlines and research reports more frequently, problems with compulsive gambling may also occur at alarming rates, especially among late teens and young adults – findings that contradict some current research toward problem or compulsive gambling.


When a Doctor Has a Substance Abuse Problem

Drug Addiction Treatment | May 11, 2011

The rate of prescription drug abuse among doctors is five times higher than the national average, and some are practicing medicine while under the influence of drugs, usually painkillers. At any given time, between 10% to 15% of all physicians have substance abuse problems.


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