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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Since the beginning of humankind, stories and traditions have allowed people to communicate. As civilization developed over thousands of years, our relationship to our stories evolved to the point where communication included sharing our thoughts, feelings, and traumas. Through this process of "telling," we have learned the importance of sharing the painful experiences that drive our grief, and fear, as well as those things that bring joy, healing, and passion. "Telling" allows us to be heard, whether by family, friends, support groups, sponsors, or professionals.
Using monitoring systems to help with recovery has become more valuable as a recovery tool. While some see the value of this testing, others may feel embarrassed or shameful for utilizing it. And while shame is prevalent with those struggling with addictions and other mental health conditions, we need to put shame in its place.
People are confused about addiction with good reason. Stigma and secrecy come with it so people don't have enough information to deal effectively with it. There have been changes in perception over the years. Even the name for it has changed. Addiction is now called substance use disorder and some experts will call you out if you don’t use it. There have been numerous models of recovery. The disease model is the most prevalent and most accurate. Yet this still remains controversial as other models are also seen as important.