February 4th 2016

Am I an Alcoholic? Simple Ways to Identify Addiction

For some people, the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” is scary to ask. If you’re concerned about your drinking, it’s a good question – and if others are concerned about you, it’s a good question as well. As hard as this question can be to ask, it can be equally troubling to answer. The American […]

February 2nd 2016

7 Things You Need to Know About Helping an Alcoholic

As may be expected, our Admissions department fields a high percentage of calls from people concerned about a loved one that’s headed down a destructive path – and one of the more prominent questions is, “How can I help an alcoholic?” Like all forms of addiction intervention, the answer is not simple. However, whether the […]

January 28th 2016

Get to Know: Erin Dowling, MS, RMHCI

Primary Therapist Erin Dowling has an unusual air of confidence that seems to naturally put people at ease. It’s not the type of confident façade that someone might choose to “put on,” but rather the essence of confidence that comes from doing meaningful work and having a talent to be good, very good, at it. […]

January 20th 2016

DBT Decoded: Demystifying the Treatment

Introducing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to a client who’s unfamiliar with the approach can be challenging, in part because the term “dialectic” can be explained a number of ways. One of a handful of definitions offered by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “any systematic reasoning, exposition, or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually […]

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January 13th 2016

What I’ve Learned: Jeff Flatt

When the phone rings in the Futures Admissions Office, the person calling is often someone who’s ready, maybe even desperate, to make a change. Other times, it’s a family member at wits’ end, seeking guidance for a loved one who’s lost his or her way. When they call Futures, they’re certain reach someone who’s well-trained, […]

January 4th 2016

Get to Know: Primary Therapist Julia Valente, LMHC

Primary Therapist Julia Valente brings to her practice a mix of kindness, insight and wisdom that helps clients feel comfortable and confident that they’re in capable hands. Julia’s peers speak of her great, positive energy and the calming nature of her presence. For many of us, she’s the type of therapist that makes our staff […]

December 28th 2015

“You Are Not a Beautiful and Unique Snowflake”

The title of this blog is a quote from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club. These are often the words that come to mind when I engage clients in a group setting and make a plea for solidarity. I typically continue with something like, ”Yes, you walk down an individualistic path, but much of what you’ve […]

December 23rd 2015

2015 – A Year of Innovation for the Futures Alumni Program

What an amazing year 2015 has been for Futures of Palm Beach and our ever growing alumni program!  As stated in my first entry of the year, “with the changing of a calendar and the start of a new year, almost anything seems possible.”  Possibilities not realized in the mainstream of addiction treatment were made […]

December 22nd 2015

Choose Forgiveness

“There are lies that we tell ourselves. The big lie is that I am unforgivable for what I’ve done,” explains Primary Therapist Rudy Shrier. As Rudy describes, the things we’ve done that we tell ourselves are unforgivable actually live on a dialectical continuum (which of course ties into our DBT teachings). On that continuum, we […]

December 15th 2015

DBT Decoded:  A Holiday Season in Balance

The primary value of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is that it arms us with practical skills that we can call upon when needed. If ever there was a perfect season for testing these skills out, the holidays would be it.  Whether it’s managing expectations, acting comfortably in social settings or navigating the waters of family […]

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