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I collaborate with successful lawyers to address the issues they confront as attorneys. The most common challenges I assist lawyers in conquering are related to: • Big Picture – Career path in light of skills and experience, firm's culture and legal industry trends. Dissatisfaction with present firm or current position. Perceived lack of alternative career paths. • Business Development – Insufficient business. Lack of marketing and networking skills. Time and energy management issues. • Health – Constant stress and anxiety. Unhealthy use of alcohol, drugs or food to cope. Depression. • Relationships – Work/Life balance. Problems with family, friends and colleagues. • Financial Issues – Too much debt. Expenses out of control. I coach a limited number of big-thinking lawyers to frame issues, clarify personal and professional goals, and develop a plan of action to exceed their goals and achieve success. You get an unbiased third-party perspective as we formulate a detailed plan to resolve your concerns. One of my most important functions is as an accountability partner who provides inspiration and motivation to implement your plan. I am uniquely qualified to do this work based on my skills and experience: • Former equity partner at two Am Law 100 firms • Winner of TMA’s Turnaround of the Year – Large Company 2011 • Developed book of business of over $3.5 million per year • Also worked as a lawyer in small boutique firms, as an in-house counsel for an investment firm, and as a non-practicing attorney in a Fortune 500 company and for several small businesses • Successfully addressed my alcoholism and drug addiction with over twenty-one years of continuous sobriety, and managed my depression and related conditions Let's talk confidentially about conquering your challenges. Call me at (212) 765-0685 or email me at gyates@gregyatesconsulting.com. My website is www.gregyatesconsulting.com.
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Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin's Lure

Recovery Coach Helps An Addict Resist Heroin's Lure | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
A Cape Cod treatment center says it is breaking addiction's hold — and saving money — by offering newly released patients daily, or even hourly, coaching by paid consultants.
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Recovery Coaches Can Provide Assistance to People Battling Substance Abuse.

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The Problem with Perfectionism — How to Truly Succeed!

The Problem with Perfectionism — How to Truly Succeed! | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Are you a perfectionist? There's a better way to succeed!
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Are You A Perfectionist?  Might Want to Start Experimenting With Excellence As A Healthier Alternative. 

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Let Go of Bad Habits – 10 Steps to Create New Neural Pathways of the Brain

Let Go of Bad Habits – 10 Steps to Create New Neural Pathways of the Brain | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it

"When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits."


Via George Curran, CADC
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Developing New Habits and Dropping Old Habits Is A Key To Change.  Understanding How The Brain Works Can Help In Creating Healthy & Productive Habits.

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George Curran, CADC's curator insight, June 16, 2014 10:11 PM

"People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives."

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Tale of addiction and rehab is Jennifer Weiner's best - Philly.com

Tale of addiction and rehab is Jennifer Weiner's best - Philly.com | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
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Tale of addiction and rehab is Jennifer Weiner's best
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The story follows mom-blogger Allison Weiss as she rationalizes herself into a frightening prescription pill addiction.
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For Those Into Realistic (?) Fiction.

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Alcohol and Energy Drinks A Dangerous Combo, Study Says | The Fix

Alcohol and Energy Drinks A Dangerous Combo, Study Says | The Fix | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Researchers have published a study that shows college students combining caffeinated drinks with booze don’t realize how intoxicated they really are.
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Double Trouble for Potential Addicts.

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4 Ways to Keep Going When You're about to Give Up - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

4 Ways to Keep Going When You're about to Give Up - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
If you are feeling like you are about to give up you should draw strength from the fact that all of your role models and idols went through the same thing during their tough times.
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Sometimes we all want to give up.  If you are doing something important (it is important, right?), here are a few tips to "keep on keeping on".

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How To Create The Life of Your Dreams with a Life Coach - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

How To Create The Life of Your Dreams with a Life Coach - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
I've been speaking to over a dozen life coaches for the last couple of weeks. And to be completely honest with you, I'm still not 100% sure what a life coach does, mostly because they all do it a little bit differently. It's similar to how every chef will have their own unique flavors and style, even though they're all cooking food.
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Short Discussion of What "Life Coaches" Are and What They Do. 

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Food Tastes Bland While Multitasking

Food Tastes Bland While Multitasking | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Paying mindful attention to one's food leads people to eat less but savor it more
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How to Press Pause on Your Addictive Behaviors — Tips on Life and Love — Medium

How to Press Pause on Your Addictive Behaviors — Tips on Life and Love — Medium | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Change is hard. When you're trying to alter a long-standing behavior pattern, such as drinking (or smoking, overeating, shopping), it is…
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Yes, Change Is Hard.  Working to Put New Actions, Behaviors, Habits & Routines Into Our Lives Is the Path to Long-Term Addiction Recovery.

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Florida officials deliver strong warning against patient brokering

Addiction Professional Magazine,Addiction Professional specializes in drug and alcohol treatment, recovery counseling, substance abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery news and information for counselors, clinicians and treatment centers. Learn about clinical therapy sessions for chemical dependency, relapse prevention and medication management, as well as evidence-based practices for therapists at rehab counseling facilities. Free Webinars, continuing education credits – CEU – and industry conferences.
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An Absolute "No-No".  Paying for Referrals is Not Only Unethical, It Puts All Addiction Recovery Professionals at Risk of Loss of Public Confidence.

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False Promises, Real Resolutions

False Promises, Real Resolutions | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
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Scary.  In My Experience It Is Accurate.  We All Need To Be Aware.

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Doctors: addiction is a chronic disease

Doctors: addiction is a chronic disease | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Addiction to any illicit substance or drug is a disease, and it's one doctors say can take a lifetime to cure and can often be deadly.
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The two questions that could determine if you have an alcohol problem

The two questions that could determine if you have an alcohol problem | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Two questions is all it could take to establish whether a person currently suffers from or is at risk of a drink problem, a study for GPs says.
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A Quick Fairly Reliable Tool to Determine if You (or Anyone Else) Have An Alcohol Abuse Problem.

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Bill White blog: 55 Recovery Reflections

Bill White blog: 55 Recovery Reflections | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
We have just passed the first anniversary of the weekly recovery blogs posted at www.williamwhitepapers.com. This series of blogs was launched as an experiment in a very different type of writing for me. Brevity has never been my strength...

Via George Curran, CADC
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Interested in Addiction Recovery?  Bill White is a Treasure of Information and Insight.

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George Curran, CADC's curator insight, July 5, 2014 9:28 PM

"The regular stream of encouragement, questions and suggestions have convinced me to continue this effort.  In case you missed any of the first year's blogs, here is a recap of the territory we have covered."

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Extended-release medication offers promise for alcohol, opioid dependence | News & Research Communications | Oregon State University

Extended-release medication offers promise for alcohol, opioid dependence | News & Research Communications | Oregon State University | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it

Findings "published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment by researchers from Oregon State University and other institutions, offer support for a wider use of medications that may help reduce or prevent substance abuse and related hospital admissions."



Via Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home
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Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:12 PM
Several medications that reduce the pleasurable feelings  that drugs and alcohol  produce are underutilized because they do, in fact, reduce the pleasurable feelings that drugs and alcohol produce and patients stop using them. However, one of these medications, Naltrexone, has been found to be very effective when administered once a month by injection in a medical setting. A press release from Oregon State University  about the effectiveness of monthly injections of  Naltrexone notes that "health and prescription drug coverage that is now being made available through the Affordable Care Act..may make such medications available to (more) people" and help to achieve important health and cost-containment  goals  such as  reducing hospital admissions.
 The OSU report explains that a "new meta-analysis combined findings from five other papers, comprising a total of 1,565 patients who received extended-release Naltrexone compared to other therapies for six months, among nearly 60,000 overall patients" and found that, "that even though extended-release Naltrexone is expensive – about $1,100 a month – the total health care utilization and costs were generally lower for patients taking it, compared to those using other alcohol-dependence treatments."  The savings  can about because patients utilized fewer days of detoxification  and inpatient facility care.
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Two Books to Help Explain Alcoholism to Children – Daddy’s Disease | Mommy’s Disease

Two Books to Help Explain Alcoholism to Children – Daddy’s Disease | Mommy’s Disease | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
“Children are often hurt the most by a parent’s alcoholism because they do not have any basis for understanding what is happening.”
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Children of Alcohol and Drug Abusers Suffer Greatly. The Children Need As Much, or More, Help Than the Parent.
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6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery – and How to Face Them - PsychCentral.com (blog)

6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery – and How to Face Them - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it

“6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery – and How to Face ThemPsychCentral.com (blog)6 Common Fears in Addiction Recovery - and How to Face Them Fear is normal at every stage of recovery.”

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Quick review of fears abusers of alcohol and other drugs use to rationalize not getting help to recover.

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NBC News: Which Adolescent Rehabs Offer The Best Treatment Available? Science Can Tell Us (And We Can Tell Each Other)

NBC News: Which Adolescent Rehabs Offer The Best Treatment Available? Science Can Tell Us (And We Can Tell Each Other) | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
The Consumer Guide to Adolescent Treatment, a web-based review, akin to an interactive college guide, except based on sharper science. It’s the guide McLellan wishes he had when it counted, the guide he hopes other parents will use for a rational foothold in an emotional moment. “It’s something tangible,” he says.

Via Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home
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Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:34 AM


This is a very encouraging article about  efforts by Thomas McLellan, a research psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, to identify the characteristics of effective adolescent rehabilitation programs and develop an online tool that parents can turn to in order to find the best available services when their children are in need.  McClellan had two addicted sons and lost the younger one to an overdose and he is committed to finding and promoting programs that provide treatment that reflect what science has learned about the problem of addiction.  


In order to construct his web-based review of adolescent treatment programs, Dr. McLellan asked Consumer Reports to coach him in the art of conducting comparative reviews, and then, as this NBC News report explains, he and his colleagues  frisked the literature of addiction, developing a list of 10 features of “quality programs.” They broke those features into dozens of components, each backed by at least two peer-reviewed studies".


What they found was that the most effective programs have "(high) quality employees, including mental health specialists, family therapists, and medical professionals. They tailor treatment based on the patient’s needs, not rigid program dictates. They prescribe medicine, attend to physical health and educational hurdles, and they prepare the patient for a long-term recovery, including monitoring and support.


McLellan's  Consumer Guide to Adolescent Rehab is currently  limited to programs in the Philadelphia area. But NBC calls the result  " powerful and unprecedented, a merciless blend of science and consumer empowerment. "


Interestingly, some programs have refused to be evaluated by McLellan's team and Patrick Kennedy, who was interviewed for this report, and who complained that none of the top rehabs he attended really helped him to achieve sobriety observed that, "It’s a dirty little secret, “but none of these places want to be evaluated.”


NBC notes that Dr. McLellan hopes to end closed-door policies by listing the uncooperative programs in the guide anyhow, next to a red-stamp that says: Refused. But it notes that key for this crusader is "still users—and lots of them. He wants people pounding desks, demanding that their insurers cover the best treatments, not just the cheapest options that comply with the ACA."


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Can Faith Rewire an Addict's Brain?

Can Faith Rewire an Addict's Brain? | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Byron Johnson and Maria Pagano write that new evidence shows that 'God consciousness' can keep young people off drugs and alcohol.
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The Science of the Brain, Faith In a Higher Power and Resisting Addiction in Adolescence.

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“Mindfulness” Meditation Can Help Reduce Addiction Relapse Rates: Study | The Partnership at Drugfree.org

“Mindfulness” Meditation Can Help Reduce Addiction Relapse Rates: Study | The Partnership at Drugfree.org | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
A nonprofit organization working toward a vision where all teens and young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
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Online Therapist's curator insight, May 4, 2015 2:25 PM
Learn more about Online Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression and Addiction: http://www.counselingtherapyonline.com.Visit my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pdmstrong. Mindfulness training involves learning how to consciously sit with our addictive impulses, emotions and thoughts without becoming identified and overwhelmed by them. This is central for change. We overcome addiction by actually meditating on our emotions, learning to be with them without becoming imprisoned by them.
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Recovery Checkups

Recovery Checkups | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) recently released Standards of Care: For the Addiction Specialist Physician. The Standards outline the responsibilities of addiction medicine specialists in the areas of assessment and diagnosis, withdrawal management, treatment planning, treatment management, care...
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Recovery Checkups By Addiction Medicine Physicians or Other Addiction Professionals Greatly Assists Long-Term Recovery From Addiction.

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Abuse-Resistant Hydrocodone Could Sink Sales of New Drug

Abuse-Resistant Hydrocodone Could Sink Sales of New Drug | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, says it has completed testing of an abuse-resistant version of the painkiller hydrocodone, which could derail sales of the recently introduced Zohydro.
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Wow, The Free Market Actually Incentivized the Development of a Form of the Drug That May Help Prevent OxyContin Abuse.

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Teen Drug Trends Survey: K2 Losing Popularity, But Illicit Drug Use on the Upswing

Teen Drug Trends Survey: K2 Losing Popularity, But Illicit Drug Use on the Upswing | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Chicago (PRWEB) February 27, 2014 -- Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment points out the latest results from the Monitoring the Future study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) show synthetic marijuana (marketed as K-2, Spice, etc.), which has been of increasing concern because of its adverse effects and high rates of use, is losing its appeal with teens. Conversely, teen drug trend data indicates overall illicit drug use is trending upward—which is being driven by marijuana.
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Health reform law drove Hazelden-Betty Ford merger

Health reform law drove Hazelden-Betty Ford merger | Addiction Weekly | Scoop.it
Two motivations drove the recent marriage of Hazelden and the Betty Ford Center, addiction treatment giants whose network spans 15 care sites in nine states
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An interesting example of how the health care law is driving changes in the addiction treatment industry.

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