Addiction programs, conversely, targeted elimination or at least substantial reduction in substance use– a narrower goal that permitted greater focus in treatment.
It’s often true that the folks who are technically most misinformed on an issue have the greatest degree of confidence in the rightness of their beliefs.
Sexual relations between therapist and patient can seriously damage the public’s trust in the safety of their loved ones.
To a seasoned counselor, there’s another way to view it. For one thing, these aren’t isolated incidents.
This is where ‘recovery work’ comes in, in the form of acquiring healthy strategies to successfully handle (i.e., without resorting to substance use) stressful situations and resulting emotions.
There are many concepts in clinical psychology that are not science-based, but are nonetheless still of use in therapy.
12 Step literature suggests that sponsors stick with advice on how to work the Steps, rather than stray into realms better left to trained professionals.
Counselors are taught that the best way to make progress is to let the client determine the direction the relationship takes.
Their fondness for risk and excitement makes them ill-suited to a ‘straight’ lifestyle they would no doubt describe as boring.