Science & Education Corner Blog

McMindfulness

Mindfulness; a personal perspective and experience & Something unusual On most of the previous postings I’ve written about things that are abstract in nature. This time I’m going to talk a little bit about a personal experience that was so revolutionary to me that I thought it worthy of reporting. As many know here I Continue Reading

Tips For New Facilitators

·       You can’t be all things to all people ·       You can’t cover everyone/everything even in a modest sized meeting ·       People relapse in spite of your best efforts – it’s them and not you ·       Keep it simple ·       Remember that SMART Recovery® is solution focused, not problem focused as in AA ·       Let the group decide Continue Reading

Summer Reading

Some suggested summer reading for those who might be interested in some recent more “advanced” topics: · Neuroscience of emotion, “The emotional life of your brain” by Richie Davidson · Neuroscience of addiction, “Memoirs of an Addicted Brain” by Marc Lewis · Excellent explanation of CRAFT, “Beyond Addiction” by Jeff Foote · Conflict resolution, “I’m Continue Reading

More Psychobabble

The following is an example of the lousy science I so often criticize in the psychiatry literature. It’s adding complexity over and over again. And to be honest smacks of attempts to create more business for people already hurting in a field that has lost its way. Psychiatrists have given up their real asset- talk Continue Reading

Chauvinism in Recovery

The following was written by Matt Robert who asked me to post it for him. He took over the McLean Detox visits for me recently , and this is his reflections on the experience. It is wonderful in many ways – You be the judge Chauvinism in recovery I’ve been spending a lot of time Continue Reading

Pause and Reflect

Every once in a while a story comes along that is totally off topic but gives cause for pause and reflection. This is one about the head of the NIH, Frances Collins, and a young man named Sam Berns. The occasion is Sam’s death of OLD age at age 17. Sam had Progeria. He was Continue Reading