Men are called upon to spend more time and participate in the direct care of their kids. And, they often find themselves emotionally overwhelmed trying to balance work, relationship and family demands. This article provides 5 things Dads can do to raise emotionally healthy children. Following these guidelines can help men overcome the limitations of traditional “male code” and better navigate the complicated pathways of modern fatherhood. [Read more…] about 5 Things Dads Can Do To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children
One of the difficulties confronted in early recovery is expressed by the notion that “trust takes years to develop but can be destroyed in a moment.”
People in early recovery are often confronted by this dynamic—and many other challenges—in their relationships with their families. It is extremely useful to be aware of the common traps that people in early recovery can become entangled in with their families. New ways of coping with difficult scenarios can be learned in therapy, and new relational patterns can be implemented. This article by psychiatrist Michael Ascher and psychologist Barry Lessin should be required reading for clinicians, people in early recovery and their families.
– Richard Juman, PsyD
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In Psychiatric News (from the American Psychiatric Association):
While traditionally the term “addiction” was confined to substance use disorders, extreme behaviors are now being recognized as “behavioral addictions” and attracting attention for their relevant social impact. This group includes sex, love, gambling, food, work, Internet use, and compulsive buying…
Like substance use disorders, the addiction model can be helpful in understanding behaviors that can hijack the pleasure-reward circuitry in the brain, resulting in compulsive engagement, loss of control, cravings, withdrawal, tolerance, and negative consequences…
Behavioral addictions can have calamitous effects on both the individual and families. Patients who suffer from behavioral addictions can experience myriad emotions including shame, guilt, fear, irritability, sadness, and anxiety. To complicate matters, when patients present for treatment for a behavioral addiction, the only outcome for which they are often initially hoping is a decrease in negative consequences associated with the behavior, and not extinction or modification of the behavior itself.
It can be difficult for clinicians to discern and assess when excessive behavioral patterns require psychiatric intervention or whether presenting problems fall within the realm of normative behavior.…
This free workshop for families is meant for you if you have a loved one suffering from problems related to substance use. Panel and Discussion led by Michael Ascher, MD and Susan Schack, PhD
Speakers: Fred Baurer, MD., James Berman, MD., Barry Lessin, M.Ed, Carrie Wilkens, PhD.
Date: Sunday March 22, 2015
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: The National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
RSVP: by March 20th by sending an email to MichaelAscherMD@gmail.com
Refreshments will be provided
Families and friends of those who are struggling with substance use or compulsive behaviors are often faced with on-going, painful problems. They may worry about their loved one’s well-being, fear the consequences for themselves as well as their loved one, and feel frustrated and angry at being mistreated (deceived, abandoned, treated harshly, etc). There may be legal, health, financial, work, child-care and other problems.
- Is your child or partner smoking too much pot or drinking too much alcohol or misusing pain medication?
- Is your loved one refusing to engage in any sort of treatment for his or her substance issues?
- Do you feel anxious, helpless, hopeless, irritated, sad, or angry because of a loved ones’ substance misuse?
- Do you feel you need an alternative to nagging, criticizing, or tough love?
- Are you aware of all the options in the treatment of substance-related disorders?
Join us for a workshop to review the latest evidence based practices in the treatment of Addictive Disorders and how family members can help their loved ones suffering from problems related to substance use.
Click here to see a recent post coauthored by Michael Ascher regarding this matter.
The Behavioral Addictions, by Michael S. Ascher, M.D., and Petros Levounis, M.D., is the first American Psychiatric Publishing title to explore the diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer from behavioral addictions.
Extreme forms of behavioral addictions share specific characteristics with severe forms of substance use disorders. Both substance addictions and behavior addictions can hijack a person’s pleasure-and-reward brain circuitry, causing great suffering. [Read more…] about The Behavioral Addictions by Michael S. Ascher, M.D. and Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A.