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Michelle Lamarca is the Batty Broad. A (ahem) 40 something or other woman about town with a penchant for witty banter and a proclivity for adventurous happenstance. I blog about true stories that have happened and continue to happen in my life and the lives of my gang of misfits. If you see my picture on a milk carton, one of the people mentioned in this blog is responsiblel for my fate.
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Montreal, QC – Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling or sex, all addictions begin as solutions. They’re stress-reducers. In order for a successful recovery process to take root, the fundamental emotional need served by this behavior must first be addressed.
“Recovery is a process, not an event,” says Richard Hofman, director of Chatsworth Pavilion. “You have to replace their addiction with a way of living that allows them to better manage their stress without turning to self-medication.”
Chatsworth Pavilion is an addiction rehabilitation center known for its unique three-week residential recovery program, which maximizes treatment by making the group a central component of treatment.
According to Hofman, the most important component to any therapeutic modality is therapeutic alliance: the trust and bond between peers and patients and the therapeutic team. Over 21 days, residents develop trust. They realize their secrets and shames aren’t so unique. The other members of the group are listening and empathizing. They see a similarity in their experiences.
“There’s an emotional component that needs to be addressed – what we call emotional surgery – and we’ve found that’s best done in a residential setting,” says Hofman.
Chatsworth supplements its residential program with a robust outpatient aftercare program designed to dramatically improve their chances for continued recovery. Hoffman says it’s critical for Chatsworth residents continue with therapy. When accountability is set up properly, it increases their chances of success.
“We give them an environment where it’s safe to explore their feelings with the tools to undertake their own healing process,” says Hofman. “Recovery isn’t about quitting your addiction; it’s about falling in love with being well.”
Dr. Albert J. LaChance, MLADC, CAS will be introducing his latest book, The Third Covenant, that is at the publishers now and will be release sometime late spring early summer. An Earth Day Celebration for us to reflect on the importance of caring for our Planet.
Dr. Albert has written and spoken widely on the subjects of psychology, addiction, spirituality, and ecology. For twenty-three years, Albert has owned and operated Greenspirit Counseling, LLC and has counseled individuals, families, and groups as well as consulted organizations regarding interpersonal dynamics. Dr. LaChance is an American Academy Certified Addiction Specialist in the areas of sex addiction, chemical dependency and food addiction. For several years Dr. LaChance was a clinical associate and referral source for Dr.Patrick Carnes. He is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of New Hampshire. Dr.Lachance has been called to speak in over 250 cities around the US, and interviewed widely on TV, Radio, in newspapers, and in magazines. For 17 years, he owned and operated Greenspirit: renamed, The New England Center for Unitive Psychology and Spirituality. Dr LaChance has a unique communication style which pulls together the richness of deep sacred study, developed from the work of Father Thomas Berry and Berry's teacher Pierre Teihard de Chardin. He is now excited to share his message through Blog Talk Radio starting with the principles of the 12 steps.
God wants to set you free of addictions that make it hard to serve him. The Lord has the Power to free you from your habitual sins that being corruption to our lives. Listen to our series on (Set Free in Christ). God has a mission for you friend and you need to go to him that you may have life full of peace and Joy. Let us go boldly to God and ask for his power to free us from our sins.
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The great debate on addiction continues...some say it's a choice. Host Billy H. brings you the latest in addiction news. Screenagers! Our kids are getting addicted to digital! Richie D. tells his story of gambling addiction.
Guys don't take pride in getting girls like years past. Now it's becoming more common to get women by "any means necessary." Unfortunately, that route is glorified by some musicians who insinuate that it's okay to "pop a molly" into a lady's drink to guarantee sex with her that night.
Tonight, we'll discuss how common it occurs and what women can do to avoid it. Getting "drug raped" is real and can happen to anyone in any city if you're not careful.
Also being discussed on the show will be statutory rape. The age of consent varies from state-to-state, but what is the best age for a boy/girl to consent to sex? Should boys be encouraged to tell when it happens to them rather than embrace it as a badge of honor? What is a fair penalty for someone who sleeps with an underaged person?
These things and more on the Talk 2 Q Radio Show!
"No experts. Just opinions."
Show No. 330
Scheduled for 60-75 mins.
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Each week we showcase a new sponsor and a new contestant to see if they can dethrone the DRUNKEN TRIVIA NINJA MASTER (aka The Saucey One).
So join Dee as the Quizmaster and remember, if SAUCEY WINS SO DO YOU!!!
Just be the FIRST to correctly answer the 'secret question' of the week and YOU'LL get the prize!
Drug and alcohol addiction are VERY hard problems that many don't recover from. Heroin, marijuana and alcohol addiction are on the rise all over the world. What can someone do to end their addiction?
Most addiction rehab centers use the 12 steps for addiction treatment. Why should an addict go to AA meetings to end their addiction? Why does doing Step 5 of the 12 step program work for those struggling to recover from addiction, this week on Recovery Now!
Visit Drug-Addiction-Support.org for more information and support.
Franchise Interviews meets with the Toast franchise opportunity. In their time as actors and musicians in New York City, Robert and his friend Brian Burchill made a ritual of home-cooked omelets made from scratch in the company of good friends. Their passion for fresh-made food and an appreciation for the warmth of home inspired the duo in 2005 to open Toast Café (Toast) - a gourmet better-breakfast concept. Toast has since expanded to three locations in North Carolina, including restaurants in Davidson, Dilworth and Ballantyne.
With their focus on creating a better breakfast dining experience, the now-former entertainers have a hit on their hands and well on their way. In response to growing customer support and demand for more, Burchill and Maynard have decided to add franchising to the menu and look to dominate the 7am-2pm brunch daypart and expand throughout the country.
Toast Café's story began in 2005 in Huntersville, N.C. in a small house-turned-restaurant where best friends Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard opened their first breakfast spot. News of their fresh-made breakfasts and fun atmosphere spread. The concept quickly grew to three locations, serving new and loyal clients dishes such as made-from-scratch portabella mushroom benedict and avocado omelets. Never compromising fresh ingredients or friendly service, the demand for Toast kept growing. To satisfy its family of patrons' pleas for more locations, Toast evolved into a franchise system in 2013. Dining customers always can expect impeccable service because at Toast, "every server is your server." Breaking through the boring casual breakfast segment, Toast will continue spreading its success to new communities across the United States. Listen to the interview to learn more about Toast.
Drug and alcohol misuse is often a sign of depression, a silent cry for help for those who may be overwhelmed by emotional distress. Unfortunately, seeking counseling still carries a social stigma in some cultures and too many people have neglected to address emotional problems in a healthy manner, instead turning to the temporary quick fix of drugs or alcohol. Then, when a person uses poor judgement while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are viewed by society as a criminal. Kate Mahoney, Executive Director of PEER Service, is a licenced Cllinical Social Worker with 30 years experience in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. She discusses the need for families to take the stigma out of substance abuse and allow loved ones to seek and receive the help they need for emotional distress. She urges society to decriminalize drug and alcohol addiction. When teens act out with excessive drinking or drug use, they are crying out for help but are often met with punishment rather than assistance. Kate, who has done extensive work with youth parents and schools, has been awarded by the Illinois Acoholism and Drug Dependence Association for her presentations on cutting edge clinical issues at national conferences in Atlanta, Philiadelphia, St. Louis, and New Orleans. She discusses signs of emotional distress and ways to help those who need help to seek it out without fear of ridicule or rejection.
The illegal drug business is a billion dollar industry, involving countries near and far in the importing and distribution of substances that alter the brain chemistry of those indulging in their use. Just like in the alcohol industry, many individuals became wealthy by knowing how to grow the crops and process the intoxicating substance themselves and sell it on the underground market. Then the government, realizing the tremendous amount of money to be made, ended the prohibition of alcohol and began issuing licenses, for a fee of course, for those wishing to manufacture and distribute it. They put a government seal on the bottle and charged sales tax for it. The sale of alcohol, or liquor, became a legitimate business. Now, with the legalization of marijuana also comes government regulations as to who may grow the crops that produce the drugs, who may process, package and sell the drugs and even who may legally buy the drugs. "Medicinal marijuana" can be taxed and therefore generate revenue for the government. But other drugs, not yet declared "legal" or acknowleged for their medicinal value, are stil being sold in the underground economy. Across the world lands are being seized and wars are being fought over the ownership and control of land where crops are grown that are processed into drugs and placed on the world market. The issue is really about control of the billion dollar drug business. Is the U.S. government taking over the illegal drug business? Jamie Sevier, community activist and C.E.O. of People Realizing Ourselves (PRO) examines the ties between the loss of vocational schools, the distribution of drugs in the urban community, and the growth of the prison industry, all while the government seizes property previously owned by growers of plants used for drugs. Legal consultant Warren Houston, an associate with the company Kannaway, discusses how marijuana legalization creates new business opportunities.
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