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The Most Common Myths about Addiction

By: Michelle Quilter, PsyD, CASAC Frequently, individuals that struggle with substance use disorders battle societal stigma and array of misconceptions about addiction in general, often causing a barrier for seeking treatment. There is progress being made to reduce societal judgment and clarify the myths surrounding substance use disorders. Unfortunately, this progress is happening slowly while…

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REBT Training and the CBT Clinical Pathway

Lifeskills South Florida is proud to support the continuing development of our clinicians through advanced education and skills training opportunities. Recently two of our clinicians attended a Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Practicum through the prestigious Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.  Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy can best be explained by a quote from the philosopher…

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Understanding Trauma and PTSD

by: Yehudah Alcabes LCSW, CSAT, CASAC-G, EMDR There are several misconceptions about PTSD and trauma in general, with many associating it with combat or shell shock. People often imagine a stoic war veteran who appears frozen in time. While this is undoubtedly accurate, today, we have a deeper and more complex understanding of trauma, and it’s…

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Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

By: Lyndsey Karns, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Self-injury or self-mutilation, a seemingly paradoxical coping mechanism, has been widely misunderstood by the public and to some degree by mental health and medical professionals as it relates to trauma and dissociation.  Self-injury can manifest in several forms and degrees of severity, with the object and goal to…

Many Addiction Treatment Centers still Hope for Patient Recovery, not Relapse

A recent article stated that to receive more insurance dollars, some South Florida treatment centers are focusing on relapse instead of patient recovery. Over the years there has been a rapid explosion in Florida of troubled treatment centers, group homes and sober homes where many addicts fall deeper into addiction. Florida has more sober homes…