Carol Anderson, D.Min., ACSW, LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in the fields of mental health, addictions, and co-occurring disorders. Her other specialties include grief and trauma, women’s issues, chronic pain management, holistic healing, GLBTQ concerns, and spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Dr. Anderson has been educated and trained in the fields of education, social work, and spirituality, and she holds a Doctor of Ministry degree (non-denominational/interfaith) specializing in spirituality.
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Why do some children and teens start using substances at a very young age? Often, they have a co-occurring disorder or more than one, that make them want to take something to feel better, or feel normal. They turn to substances to serve that purpose. Substance use makes the situation worse, even if teens and children think they feel better. Conversely, sometimes children take substances that bring on a mental illness. It's a complicated puzzle that's different for every family so correct assessment and diagnosis for effective treatment is very important.
Who get addicted and who doesn't? It's a fact of life that many teens and young adults experiment with drugs and alcohol, and it's important to take any teen use of alcohol and drugs very seriously. But know that not all experimentation ends in addiction. Many teens do not become addicted even if they have significantly experimented with chemical use.
Domestic violence is defined by the NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.
You may think domestic violence is limited to either physical abuse or bullying, but abuse all about gaining and keeping power. Here 6 ways power is wielded in abusive relationships.
The National Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity estimated that 6%-8% of Americans are sex addicts, which is 18 million – 24 million people.
Coming to realize that your child is using drugs is a very difficult process. We hope for the best for our children and if they are using, we see that their lives are taking a negative turn and we may start panicking and catastrophizing. So let’s explore the steps that can be made while also understanding that these are not lineal steps as they may circle around for recovery is a process, not a set-in-stone practice.
What is grief? Grief, also called sorrow, is the process of loss; mourning and bereavement relate to the process of coping with loss. These losses may include the death of a loved one or a beloved pet, a dissolution of a marriage or loss of a friendship, the loss of childhood innocence through abuse, the ending of a role such as retirement or becoming an empty-nester, becoming disabled or homeless, suffering from a medical condition or a psychiatric illness, or any other of the many losses we face throughout our lifetimes.
In this article, we examine the life of John, a Vietnam vet (name and situations have been changed, but this is based on a true story). Research studies indicate that post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans is far too common. PTSD may develop when someone is exposed to horrors or traumatic events outside the norm of typical crisis events, such as combat veterans, who have some of the highest rates.
Do you know the difference between a sponsor, a sober coach, and a therapist? What are the pro and cons of a sober coach?
For those who have lost a loved one due to a drug overdose, there are many other feelings that may go along with this death.