The Problem with Diagnoses

Recently, I sat with a young client who was convinced her mother is bi-polar. I asked why she thought that and she replied, “Because one moment she’s happy with me and the next she is yelling at me!” This exchange is an example of what I am noticing more often in sessions: people diagnosing themselves […]

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Avoiding Multiple First Therapy Sessions

Engaging in therapy is not easy. Even when one has arrived at the knowledge that a problem is too great to solve alone, asking for help is tough for even the most courageous among us. If a person can overcome that initial block, the questions that arise can sometimes be even more overwhelming. Does this […]

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Non-Linear Recovery: the Connection Between Kintsugi and Wabi-Sabi

Early in my helping career, I succumbed to the idea that the process of individual recovery had a beginning, a middle, and an end goal. I believed the process was linear. This process, I thought, involved the building of insight and awareness, internalizing this newfound awareness to self, then generalizing it to others and our […]

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Trauma’s Impact on Families Can’t Be Overlooked

Very few among us will go through life without experiencing some sort of trauma. As uncomfortable as it is, it remains part of our human existence. But while trauma may be unavoidable, our responses to that trauma are what matter most. By examining the ways in which we react to trauma both as individuals and […]

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Addiction Recovery for Young Men

Young men face numerous challenges when entering recovery that often inhibit them from accepting help. These challenges are both emotional and environmental, but it’s important to acknowledge and address these issues if we are to help young men find long-term recovery. Primary challenges for addiction recovery If I had to pick one key feature that […]

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Healing Addiction’s Wounds in Relationships

Relationships are often the first victims of substance abuse or active addiction. Through the addiction recovery process and family counseling at Family Recovery Resource Experts, families learn to repair those relationships and form stronger bonds with those closest to them. But in order to create those healthy relationships, we must first address the wounds that […]

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A Focus on Shared Goals Helps Families Recover from Addiction

Here’s a scenario that might ring familiar: Someone in your inner circle is suffering from addiction. Everyone close to this person can see it, but there’s no consensus on how to proceed. Some are quick to discuss the illness with each other, while others want to wish it away. Some want to confront the person […]

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What Do I Do Now that my Loved One is in Treatment?

After your loved one has started treatment for substance use disorder, families often experience both confusion and hope. You may have no idea how you have unwittingly contributed to the problem, or whether you’re part of the problem at all. You and your family are all engaged in an intricate social dance, and everyone is […]

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How Substance Use Disorders in the Family Traumatize Children

Our newest addition to the team, Rob Rodriguez, discusses the impact of substance use disorders on kids—whether they’re the ones using or not. Marc Hertz Consulting is thrilled to announce that Rob Rodriguez, family recovery therapist, has joined our team of behavioral health experts. With more than a decade of experience in the field of […]

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