Rabbit Trails...

Consuming pieces related to wellness, practice, addictive behaviors, community and growth is fascinating to me. Here's what has caught my eye recently... 

Co-authored by Drs. Michael Ascher, Jeff Foote, and Elana Rosof, posted in Psychology Today, and promoted by SMART Recovery (via their Facebook group), this article describes the potential influence a concerned family member can have on an addicted loved one's decision to go into treatment, and touches on many of the important points along the way.

Source: Psychology Today, dated 6/16/2017

The ACT Therapist

A 2.5 minute-long video of a poem by Portland's own Dr. Jason Luoma and Dr. Jenna LeJeune, directors of Portland Psychotherapy. If you start it, please commit to watching it the entire way through. 

Source: YouTube, dated 3/20/2013

Why Self-Compassion Isn't Self Indulgent

A short 3-minute article by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. that introduces the important distinction between self-compassion and self-indulgence.

Source: PsychCentral, dated 6/5/2016


Excellent 6-minute video that explores the sustaining elements of addictive behaviors as explained by Bruce Alexander's "Rat Park".

Source: Kurzgesagt (on Youtube), dated 10/29/2015

State of the addiction treatment field: where we are and where we need to go

Article by Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, one of the leaders in the field, discussing his perspective of how to successfully shift addictions treatment in the United States to be more effective and humane via 4 major avenues: decriminalization, harm reduction, multiple pathways to recovery, and support for families.

Source: PracticalRecovery.com, dated 3/13/2017


How to Practice Effectively, according to science

A 5-minute, animated Ted Talk that illustrates the connection between repeated actions and physical changes in the brain...as well as how to harness this power!

Source: NPR, dated 3/6/2017


Have you run across something you think I should check out?