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Dr. Marc Kern is a highly respected, experienced clinical psychologist and addictions specialist. His practice is in L.A. but he helps people from all over. He's been in your shoes so he understands.
What are the Main Criticisms of 12-Step Programs? The reason why there is so much criticism of the 12-step approach is because it is the dominant paradigm. It has been around for 50 plus years. It has not really changed; there is not a new addition, no new attempt
http://drdrew.com/050-dr-adi-jaffe-and-dr-march-kern Dr. Adi Jaffe and Dr. Marc Kern join Dr. Drew to discuss addiction and their approach to treatment and recovery.
What Skills Do I Need For Successful Recovery From Behavioral Addiction? The skill base for a successful recovery from behavioral addiction obviously depends on the skill base of someone that came into the recovery room or came into the doctor’s office. Many people come into the recovery room and
How Can a Recovering Behavioral Addict Handle Fears? Fear is very central to every behavioral addiction, that is not emphasized enough. How do you handle fear? Well, Technique One is to face your fears and go ahead anyway. If there is a central feature to addictions that postpone addicts
Will I Ever Be Cured of My Behavioral Addiction? Cure is a very funny word. Cure also comes out of the disease model. Cure sort of says “Well I was healthy prior and then I’ve gotten sick and now I’m going to return to health.” In many respects, there
What Does it Mean for an Addict to Take “One Day at a Time”? The concept of “one day at a time” is a wonderful concept. It comes out of the 12-step approach. It is nothing more than being concerned with primarily what’s happening today, not projecting to the
What Does a Typical Relationship With a Love Addict Look Like? Love addiction, sex addiction, will look like to the outsider as someone who’s preoccupied with –for example, finding women, finding relationships, having sexual intercourse. Constantly going on the Internet looking for partners, looking for sexual, sort of, opportunities.
What is the Difference Between a “Slip” and Relapsing in Behavioral Addiction? A slip, or a lapse or relapse, are just terms that we use as professionals to sort of convey the length of time and severity of the fall back into the old behaviors. A relapse is considered
Why Does Relapse Happen to Behavioral Addicts? Relapse happens to behavioral addicts because it’s very normal to relapse. No matter what it is that you’ve done for a long period of time, it is still difficult if you are asking yourself or someone is asking you to not do
Can Medication Help to Keep a Behavioral Addict Sober? It’s my opinion that medication can be extremely helpful in recovery and of course this depends on the addiction that you have and whether we have the medicines that will address your particular addictions. But, medications aren’t going to cure