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Friday, May 28, 2010

Dual Diagnosis & Dual Disorders

The Celebrate A New Life Christian Dual Diagnostic Track - Dual diagnosis often accompanies chemical dependency, drug and alcohol issues. At Celebrate A New Life, we recognize dual diagnosis as a co-occurring condition.

These Conditions include:
Bipolar Disorder
Clinical Depression
Anxiety Disorder
Eating Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
Clinical Mood Disorders

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a major affective disorder between states of deep depression and extreme elation. Symptoms are: sleeping more than usual, then needing very little sleep yet never feeling tired, becoming uninterested in things you once enjoyed, becoming unable to make simple decisions, wanting to die, experiencing hallucinations or delusions, indulging in risky sexual behavior, feeling hopeless or worthless for a sustained period of time, paying no attention to daily responsibilities, and having bouts of uncontrollable crying.

Clinical Depression
Not everyone experiences clinical depression in the same way. Symptoms are: A persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood. Sleeping too little or sleeping too much, Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain, restlessness or irritability, fatigue or loss of energy, feeling guilty, hopeless or worthwhile, or thoughts of death or suicide.

Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder fills people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear. They are chronic, relentless and can grow progressively worse if not treated. Symptoms include: trembling, profuse sweating, nausea, difficult talking, fatigue, muscle tension, twitching, irritability, easily startled, rapid heart beat, unable to relax, and hot flashes.

Eating Disorder
The term eating disorders have come to mean anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Anorexia nervosa is defined as the relentless pursuit of thinness. The symptoms are: Person is terrified of becoming fat, he/she reports being fat when very thin, weighs 85% or less than what is expected for age or height, he/she has compulsive rituals, strange eating habits, division of food, low tolerance for change and new situations, and may fear growing up. Bulimia is defined as the diet-binge-purge disorder. The symptoms are: Person binge eats, feels out of control while eating, vomits, misuses laxatives, excessively exercises, or fasts to get rid of calories. Bulimics are often depressed, lonely, ashamed, and empty inside. Binge eating disorder is when a person binge eats frequently and repeatedly. Symptoms are: depression and obesity, eats rapidly and secretly, may snack and nibble all day long. Binge disorder is not a process of vomiting like bulimia, it is a process of eating for emotional reasons to comfort themselves, avoid threatening situations and numb emotional pain.

Attention Deficit Disorder (Adult ADD)
Attention deficit disorder is described as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Symptoms include: lack of focus, disorganization, restlessness, difficulty finishing projects, and losing things. These symptoms interfere with success at work and get in the way at home or with friends.

Clinical Mood Disorders
Mood disorders range from depression, bipolar disorder and mania. Symptoms include: low self-esteem, less control over emotions, lowered capacity to feel pleasure, less tolerable to feel pain, not motivated and low energy levels.

Treatment centers across the country began treating a new classification of chemical abuse. Clients with a behavioral disorder coupled to compulsive/obsessive symptoms are classified as dual diagnostics. Many of these disorders in the past were seen only by mental health personnel; and the symptoms were more often than not treated erroneously because chemical addiction was not considered! In other words, a patient describing low energy, low self esteem, sadness and despair, was expressing all the feelings of depression. And he was labeled as such. He was a victim of depression. But if drinking and using were not discussed, if the therapist failed to discover the extent of the chemical habit, the direction of treatment took the wrong path.

Too, for years, health professionals thought to treat addiction, they had to find the underlying reason for the addiction. They would treat the "underlying reason" and figured the addiction would go away. Sadly, that is not at all the case. A person suffering from an obsessive/compulsive disorder, such as drinking and using, will surely return to that behavior after only brief success. Thus, relapse.

Probably the best way to understand the futility of psychotherapy is to use an example that is very fitting: Say, a person goes into treatment for fire setting. The therapist would have little success treating the underlying disorder if the patient were allowed to continue to set fires. Common sense can go a long ways-first, the fires have to go! Stop setting fires and now we have a chance to treat whatever else is wrong.

So is the case with many addicts. Learn to stay sober and clean, and if any severe underlying disorders still exist we have the benefit of time and experience to solve those problems also.

Chemical Imbalance
Some disorders will simply not go away with counseling, group therapy, 12 step programs alone. This is yet another type of dual diagnosis. It is more bothersome to the client, and in severe forms can distract from chemical dependency treatment. However, these types of disorders can be treated very successfully. These people suffer many times from certain chemical imbalances, and need additional help to overcome their challenge. A responsible treatment program should professionally diagnose all of its clients upon intake. At Celebrate A New Life we treat this kind of disorder in three phases:

Psychosocial evaluation
Proper medication to restore chemical balance
One-on-one counseling (evaluating and treatment planning)
Introduce client into the primary phase of chemical abuse treatment
When chemical balance is achieved, clients respond well to the general concept of standardized treatment:

> Group process
> Relating to others and gaining social skills
> Incorporating a treatment plan into their lifestyle that they can live a satisfying life
> Identifying and acceptance of their own personal challenges
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

10 Steps to a Christian Drug or Alcohol Intervention

10 Steps of a Christian Drug Intervention
Step 1 - Call our hotline - 800.708.3173
Call our private and confidential hotline. One of our consultants will assess your crisis and will determine the appropriateness of an intervention.
Step 2 - Placement with an interventionist
Upon clinical assessment of your individual needs, you will be matched with an appropriate interventionist.
Step 3 - Outline treatment options
The interventionist will outline specific treatment options according to your unique needs (location, clinical matters, medical coverage, etc). Once we have determined the appropriate outlet, our team will take care of admissions details and necessary travel arrangements.
Step 4 - Outline a plan of action
Through a series of one-on-one meetings and/or telephone conversations, your interventionist will guide you and others involved through the process of organizing a professionally facilitated, effective intervention.
Step 5 - Pre-intervention meeting
Your interventionist will fly or drive to your location for the pre-intervention meeting. This meeting is typically scheduled during the late afternoon or evening and lasts an average of three to four hours. During this meeting, we talk about the disease of addiction and its impact on family, friends, co-workers and others. We discuss what the treatment course and recovery process will involve and, finally, under the guidance of your interventionist, we will prepare and rehearse written statements to share with your loved one during the intervention.
Step 6 - Intervention
Interventions are typically scheduled for the morning immediately following the pre-intervention meeting. The intervention usually takes about one to one-and-a-half hours. An intervention is a structured, solution-focused process that consist of a group of close friends, family members, co-workers, colleagues, spiritual advisors, etc., who come together in a caring and non-judgmental manner to present their observations and concerns regarding an addict’s behavior.
Step 7 - Treatment admissions
If the individual accepts help, he or she is immediately escorted to the appropriate treatment outlet. Your interventionist will work with the treatment staff in regards to the critical information gained during the intervention process so that treatment staff can get a jump-start on the assessment and treatment planning process.
Step 8 - Post-intervention consultation
After the intervention, our counselors and interventionists will be available for help for his or her problem. We also assist in helping you start your own path of recovery and healing.
Step 9 - Post-treatment services
Support immediately following treatment significantly increases the probability of abstinence and aids in the major transition from treatment to independent, sober living. The goal of our re-entry program is to provide intense, individualized care during this critical transitional period so that your loved one can begin to develop a healthy, satisfying and productive life in sobriety. These highly individualized services are offered at additional cost.
Step 10 - Congratulations on taking the first step toward recovery
Intervention Questions and Answers
Q: What is an intervention?
A: An intervention is a proactive educational process aimed at disrupting the downward spiral of chaos and crisis within families or organizations caused by addiction. The intervention team comes together, usually led by a professional, in an effort to move all persons involved out of crisis, with the more specific goal of providing immediate help and relief to the identified individual.
Q: What is the goal of an intervention? And how successful are they?
A: The traditional goal of an intervention has been to provide solutions to individuals in crisis from addiction. The modern goal of intervention often termed the “systemic” model, takes a broader view of crisis caused by addiction and attempts to provide solutions not only for the identified individual but for the family or system surrounding the individual as well. At Celebrate A New Life we believe that addiction is a family disease and that our first responsibility is to help those that are willing to get help – typically the family. While making help available to the identified individual is our objective, it is not our only objective and it is not the way we define success. We define success not only by the number of individuals that enter treatment but, more importantly, by how many families we are able to move out of crisis.
Q: I have someone in my life that is in crisis. How do I know if an intervention is appropriate?
A: A Christian intervention is appropriate if you as the friend/family/co-worker can no longer in good conscience sit by and watch the situation deteriorate. When you have decided that you have to do something to help arrest or alter the situation then an intervention is
Q: I’m not sure if this person is drinking, using drugs or just going crazy. I don’t know any details I just know that things are not even close to normal anymore and are moving towards frightening and unsafe. Do I need all the facts before I confront someone?
A: No. You only need legitimate concern for the individual’s welfare or for that of the people he or she comes in contact with who may be suffering or in danger due to the their crisis.
Q: If I have an intervention I’m scared that it might make the situation worse. What if they never speak to me again?
A: A Christian Alcohol or Drug intervention is a gentle, loving, factual, conversational process. It is not a showdown or a test of wills. The process is designed specifically to improve the lives, perceptions, and choices of all involved. Never speaking to someone again because they show up in your life to let you know that they love you, they see you struggling and that help is available is not a reasonable response.
Q: Not everyone surrounding the identified individual is on board with the idea of an intervention. What should we do?
A: Encourage them to talk to Bobby Nicholl at Celebrate A New Life. A great deal of fear is still around the idea of what people think happens at an intervention different then what actually takes place. If they still feel that being part of the team is not for them we will honor that choice and move ahead.
Q: I feel as if I am betraying the person I am trying to help by participating in an intervention. Wouldn’t it be better if I didn’t join the team so that they will feel as if they still have someone they can trust?
A: No. This comes up as the most common fear among intervention participants. The fear is that they are playing the “Judas card” and betraying the trust of their family member or friend. The reality is that we are coming together as a team to make help available to someone we know who is struggling. If we take ourselves away from the team and set up separate “trust” situations we debilitate the efforts of the group to bring all of the secrets to light, to disrupt the “conspiracy of silence.” By bringing secrets out in the open we disabuse them of their power. By talking about what’s going on we break the “conspiracy of silence” – the greatest form of enabling.
Q: How long is the entire intervention process? How long is the actual intervention?
A: The process, from initial inquiry to intervention meeting can be as long as several weeks to as short as the next day. In certain crisis situations it is imperative to take immediate action to prevent the identified individual from harming himself or others. When possible more planning is always appropriate. The most important thing to remember is that analysis equals paralysis, which is why the best thing to do in crisis is to get out of the problem and into the solution. Our clients typically feel relief and hope from the moment they book our services and get into action. The quicker they get this stage behind them the sooner they begin the healing process themselves. The actual intervention usually lasts no longer than an hour. All the hard work of preparation by the team, the staff at Celebrate A Nee Life, and the interventionist is done in advance.
Q: Who should be part of an intervention team?
A: Family, friends, spiritual advisors, co-workers, or supervisors are all appropriate. The interventionist will work with you to build a well-rounded and effectual team.
Q: Everyone seems to think that maybe if we just talk to him he’ll go. Can we hope to have any success if we pull their family and friends together and have a more informal intervention?
A: Our experience is that informal family or co-worker interventions often do more to alienate the identified individual and complicate the situation when a real intervention is called for later on. A professionally facilitated process guided by an experienced interventionist can save years of concern, expense, and frustration.
Q: I think an intervention might be appropriate and I would like to talk to someone about my situation. What do I do next?
A: Call Celebrate A New Life at 800-708-3173 and speak confidentially with one of our crisis consultants.

Christian Intervention Success Rates
75% of addicts enter treatment the day of the intervention. 92% enter treatment within a week after the intervention.
Alcoholics and addicts whose careers were in shambles due to their addictions can and do resurrect their jobs and families. They go on to become model employees and company leaders. Organizational productivity gains after successful addiction intervention and treatment include:
• 91% decrease in absenteeism
• 88% decrease in problems with supervisors
• 93% decrease in mistakes in work
• 97% decrease in on-the-job injuries
• 71% drop in injuries
Early intervention, treatment, and continuing care are the best combination for successful recovery from addiction. Intervention is the first step toward healing the damage done by alcoholism and addiction

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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A.A. 12-Step Christian Parallels

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Steps One through Step Six

We have many times documented the frequent statements by A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson that his friend, Rev. Sam Shoemaker, was the major source of the Big Book ideas and Twelve Steps.
  1.  In 1955, Newsweek named him one of the ten greatest preachers in the United States.
  2.  Shoemaker was known as a great communicator, and was described by his associate, Rev. W. Irving Harris, as a Bible Christian.
There are many persuasive instances where one can find almost exact parallels between the language Bill Wilson used in the Big Book and the language Shoemaker used in his many Christian books, articles, and pamphlets.

Here, Step by Step, are a few of those parallels. Key words and phrases appear here in bold face. Moreover, in a number of my books, I have carefully stated and reviewed every parallel quote I have found in Shoemaker’s many writings. In each case, the parallels are present, and the examples are numerous. Those books which contain the totality of my work on Big Book-Shoemaker parallels are included at the close of this series of articles.

This study of Steps One trough Six begins with the parallels between Shoemaker’s introduction to the idea of “finding God” and Bill Wilson’s original insistence that one who takes the Twelve Steps must find God. In Realizing Religion, Shoemaker wrote: “You need to find God. You need a vital religious experience. You need Jesus Christ”4

Here Are the Parallels in the First Six Steps

Step One: Shoemaker wrote: “It makes a gap between myself and the Ideal which I am powerless to bridge. It distances me from the All-holy God.” 5 He also frequently referred to the prayer, “O Lord, manage me, for I cannot manage myself.”6

Step Two: Shoemaker wrote: “I told him that I knew if he would make that act in faith, he would find himself not the possessor of, but possessed by, a Force outside himself, greater than himself.”7 Shoemaker also wrote: “They seemed to be propelled by a vast Power outside themselves.”8

Step Three: Shoemaker wrote the following: (1) “He went into his room, knelt by his bed, and gave his life in surrender to God.”9 (2) “She surrendered to God her groundless fears, and with them turned over her life for His direction.”10 (3) “[H]e had made the greatest decision of life, to surrender himself unconditionally and for always to the will of God.”11 (4) “That night I decided to launch out into the deep and with the decision to cast my will and my life on God”12 (5) “They prayed together, opening their minds to as much of God as he understood.”13

Step Four: Shoemaker wrote: “It would be a very good thing if you took a piece of foolscap paper and wrote down the sins you feel guilty of. . . . One of the simplest and best rules for self-examination that I know is to use the Four Standards, which Dr. Robert E. Speer said represented the summary of the Sermon on the Mount—Absolute Honesty, Absolute Purity, Absolute Unselfishness, and Absolute Love. Review your life in their light. Put down everything that doesn’t measure up. Be ruthlessly, realistically honest.”14

Step Five: Shoemaker wrote: “When people’s lives are wrong, they are usually wrong on one or more of these standards. Many quite respectable people have hidden things in their past and their present that need to come out in confidence with some one. . . . If a person is honest with himself and with God, he will be honest also with us and be ready to take the next step, which is a decision to surrender these sins, with himself wholly to God.”15

Step Six: Shoemaker wrote: “You see, most of us justify our wrong-doings and excuse them. Even when we admit them, we do not quite want to give them up. . . . Sin hides behind immaturity, we keep up a fence of protection, then when we are found out we whimper like babies. But when we take down the fence of protection, and let another know us well, we are through with shams and self-deception and the attempt to deceive others, even God. It will take some prayer to get to this place, where we want God to take the sin out of us, all of it, and for good.”16

As stated, the foregoing are not the only parallels to each Step. We have listed all the references to them that we have found in our various titles. (For more on this, please see the forthcoming third article in this series.) Meanwhile, the reader may enjoy the extensive word and phrase parallels between Shoemaker language and either Big Book or Step language as we have listed them in these two titles: (1) Dick B., New Light on Alcoholism (148 parallels), pages 153-70; and (2) Dick B., The Oxford Group & Alcoholics Anonymous (202 parallels from both Shoemaker’s and other Oxford Group writings—Shoemaker being the principal American Oxford Group leader in the 1930’s), pages 276-77, 341-64. As stated, there are many other parallels, and each of those listed in this series on Steps One through Six contains a citation to the page where you can find the Shoemaker-Oxford Group language quoted in my books.

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