Saturday, August 30, 2014

HVRC'S GORDON SCHEIBLE TO PRESENT AT US JOURNAL CONFERENCE

("Spirituality: From the Negative to the Positive" Among Friday 's Agenda at the 5th Western Conference on Behavioral Health Addictive Disorders)

Scheible
Friday, September 5th, 2014 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat is sponsoring "Spirituality: From the Negative to the Positive," a workshop conducted by Gordon Scheible, MDiv, CADC-II, ICADC.

Gordon manages and facilitates the Older Adult Program at Hemet Valley Recovery Center. He is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and developed and implemented an extensive Suicide Prevention Training Program.

Spirituality is often described as a connection to yourself, others, society and the world around you, and for many, with a God of their own understanding. It is ultimately a dynamic of relationship. To heal addiction, which is a process of disconnection from self, others and God, people must embrace recovery, which is a process of re-connection. This presentation will explore the true nature of spirituality, how addictive thinking and behavior has replaced it, and what steps one can take to begin to reclaim a positive spirituality which is crucial to building a new, meaningful and happy life in recovery.

The workshop will be held as part of the 2014 5th Western Conference Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders, in San Francisco, CA, September 4-6th at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco

The workshop takes place on Friday,September 5th 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco. To register for the event visit the conference web site. 


Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat offers a full continuum of care including: Acute Medical Detoxification, Rehabilitation, Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Recovery Residences.

Call Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat 866.273.0868 or visit our website.


US JOURNAL TRAINING, INC - 5th WESTERN CONFERENCE ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIVE DISORDERS
Hotel Nikko San Francisco, San Francisco, CA | September 4-6, 2014
Program Focus: 

The 5th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders is a premier training event, specializing in mental health and the addictions field. It is where a unique combination of nationally recognized faculty address a wide variety of today’s most relevant topics. The result is a highly acclaimed national training event featuring customized training opportunities for developing new t  reatment strategies and the sharing of research advances for clinicians and counselors. US Journal Training, The Institute for Integral Development and COUNSELOR Magazine present an exceptional combination of inspiring speakers and trainers, addressing today’s most relevant topics.

This year’s Western Conference tackles the issues of behavioral health and addictions using an integrated approach which considers the complex emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of each individual.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A WEEK'S WORTH OF TRAGIC AFTERMATH

It has been one week since the tragic suicide death of actor/comedian Robin Williams. And while there has been a groundswell of support from his loved ones and fans taking to social media, the death has also exposed a dark side to these outlets.

Among the highlights of Facebook and Twitter: Fans expressing thoughts and prayers, as well as commemorative messages, quoting his infamous movie quotes, such as "Oh Captain My Captain!"
A Scene from the movie, Dead Poets' Society

The bad: Well, the bad has just been flat out ugly.

Williams' daughter, Zelda, was bullied off of Twitter by Internet trolls, who decided to post phony photos of her father with bruises around his neck. Her signoff: "I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye."

There are also reports of scammers trying to take advantage of the situation.

"Social media posts are being provided linking to video claiming its unreleased police footage from the time of his death or information where you can see is last words before he died," said Caitlin Driscoll with the Better Business Bureau.

They call it “click-jacking,” because if you click on the links, it takes you to somewhere you don’t expect. “If you do click, it will either likely lead you to a video player – where it asks you to download the latest version in order to view the information – you’re really just downloading a virus,” said Driscoll.

Robin Williams, circa 2013
“Or it may take you to a survey that you have to complete.” “By doing that – they’ll have your information that they can sell to companies for solicitations and you’ll just end up being put on a number of different spam lists,” Driscoll added.

As if the news of one of the greatest comedic actors of our time taking his own life wasn't sad enough.

One week later and many of us are still reeling from his shocking death. However, the media attention is loathsomely centered on Cyber-pariahs - those who choose to spew hate and look for ways - any way to pilfer data and dollars from people.

What we should be remembering, what we should be taking from this tragedy, is a message of awareness and recovery. Our good friends at Pavilion Recovery said it best in a recent Facebook post:
"Tonight we learn about the passing of Robin Williams. It strikes us once again how this disease doesn't care how talented, famous, beautiful or rich a person is. We do not know what caused his passing....but we do know that this is a man who was strongly committed to his sobriety. After 20 years sober, he relapsed - and sought help. When he felt himself slipping again - he sought help before he picked up that first drink. He was open and honest about his recovery. As his family asks that people think about the laughter and joy of his life, it seems only appropriate that the recovery community celebrate his recovery and his willingness to share his journey with others. Williams said he had spent years thinking he could handle his alcohol problem on his own.
"But you can't. That's the bottom line," he said. "You really think you can, then you realize, I need help, and that's the word."
So instead of searching for grotesque footage, images, or unreleased information for the purpose of rumor mill and gossip, think of your loved ones. Think of those who may need your help. No matter how much they seem to have, depression and addiction never discriminate. What they really may need is support from those whom they love.

Take the First Step. Call Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat 866.273.0868 or visit our website. Hemet Valley Recovery Center Retreat offers a full continuum of care including: Acute Medical Detoxification, Rehabilitation, Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Recovery Residences.Related articles

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DECRIMINALIZATION: IS IT THE ANSWER?

America used to engage in wars that had a clear beginning, end, and most importantly, purpose. Remember that? Then there was Vietnam. Then there was Iraq. The war on terror. I can't begin to identify the familiar components of something linear in these examples. Even more befuddling is the almost century long War on Drugs

We have heard the declaration from Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II. War on Drugs. War on Drugs. War on Drugs. War on Drugs. (yawn).

By now, we should recognize that this is a war that we cannot win. Drug abusers are crowding our courts, hospitals, and prisons. They should be in the care of treatment experts. Learning. Understanding their disease. However to no avail, we have spent years and billions of dollars incarcerating the user. We have focused most of the effort on criminalizing drug use. This blogger is NOT in favor of legalization of drugs. This blogger is in favor of focusing more effort and more funding on treatment, rehabilitation, education, prevention and reinsertion of the user into society. Our efforts to eradicate the supply of drugs have failed. Drugs are still readily available. In fact, many would argue the only beneficiaries of our longstanding war on drugs are members of organized crime, traffickers, and drug dealers.

Let's examine at another approach... The Portuguese Plan.

The following is an excerpt from an online New York Times article from March 17th, 2014:
(read the article)

"In 2000, Portugal decriminalized the use of all illicit drugs, and developed new policies on prevention, treatment, harm reduction and reinsertion. Drug use is no longer a crime, but it is still prohibited. Possession of what a person would use in 10 days or less is no longer a matter for the courts. Users are referred to Commissions for Drug Addiction Dissuasion, which educate them, discourage them from consuming drugs and help them find treatment. The idea behind the new law is that drug addiction must be addressed as a health or social condition. While critics of the law warned that drug use would swell, it has not risen. We have seen significant reductions in H.I.V. infections and in overdoses, as well as a substantial increase in new patients seeking drug treatment. Much of this reduction in the harm suffered by drug users, I believe, is due to the commissions' outreach, treatment programs and measures to protect users' health. Police and customs authorities continue to suppress trafficking, but they now have added resources that were once allocated to pursuing users."
Again, this blogger is NOT in favor of legalization. Decriminalization as you have just read, is NOT legalization. However is it necessary to have such stiff penalties for the user? Drug trafficking and drug dealing should remain a serious criminal offense, but going to jail for a small amount of marijuana is excessive. And costly. The punishment does not match the crime.


It's time America stops looking at the drug user as sinful and morally defective. The government has publicly acknowledged that addiction is a disease, so it's time to implement a drug policy which reflects this concept. Focus on the demand side. This war may have no clear beginning or end - but it's time we focus our purpose. To help our addicts get well again. We can only better our society through the prevention, education, and treatment of the user.



Take the First Step. Call Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat 866.273.0868 or visit our website. Hemet Valley Recovery Center Retreat offers a full continuum of care including: Acute Medical Detoxification, Rehabilitation, Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Recovery Residences.