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How to Build a Healthy Relationship in Tough Times

By Marty Brenner, C.C.D.C. #104227

When times are good, having healthy relationships can be easy. However, when times are tough, we need the support provided by a productive, mutually beneficial, healthy relationship; it is from such relationships that we derive the sense of worth and validation that is needed to weather tough times. Tough times can lead to problems with anger, loss of control, or development of bad habits, such as, addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Contrary to what might be believed, it is very easy to learn how to develop a healthy relationship in tough times. A few inner directed and outward focused steps will help anyone build the kind of relationship that serves as a suit of armor and an anchorage in battling the turbulent seas of hard times. Click here to read more »


Drug Addiction Counseling

by Marty Brenner

addiction-drug-informationDrug addiction is prevalent in modern society. A fact sheet published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 23 million Americans 12 years old and older, about 9.4 percent of the population, needed treatment for an illicit drug use or alcohol problem in 2007. The economic downturn, reduction in social services and increased stress in the years since this survey undoubtedly drove that statistic even higher. More and more Americans are in need of drug addiction counseling.

Drug addiction is a complex illness requiring a multi-dimensional approach to therapy. Drug addiction is characterized by intense or uncontrollable cravings, compulsive drug-seeking and use, even when there are severe consequences associated with doing drugs. The path to drug addiction is taking drugs voluntarily but, over time, you lose the ability to decide when you want to take the drug. Taking the drug for long periods of time affects certain parts of your brain, leading to compulsive use of the drug. Drug addiction is a condition that affects multiple circuits in your brain, including those of reward and motivation, learning and memory. Drugs also affect the parts of your brain responsible for inhibiting inappropriate behaviors. Drug addiction counselors must use a multi-faceted approach to treating drug addiction. Click here to read more »


Domestic Violence Therapy

by Marty Brenner

Domestic ViolenceThere is a growing need for domestic violence therapy in modern society. This violent crime occurs between husbands and wives, parents and children, gay couples and unrelated members of a household. Because victims are often reluctant to tell doctors how the injuries were sustained, it is difficult to know exactly how many cases of domestic violence occur each year.

Some estimates claim that domestic violence is the leading cause of emergency room visits for women between the ages of 14 and 44 but these figures are hard to substantiate. Researchers acknowledge that many incidents go unreported. Domestic violence therapy reduces the number and severity of violent attacks within the home by giving both the victim and the attacker safe and effective tools to manage anger. Click here to read more »


Anger Counseling, Individualized Program, Flexible Hours

by Marty Brenner

crossroad signAnger is common to all humans, but each of us has a unique and intimate relationship with our anger. Your relationship with anger started when you were a child, and your association with this emotion has grown and matured over the years. Your unique experiences molded the way you view your own personal anger, and your parents laid the foundation for how you express anger. In a perfect world, you rarely feel angry and, when you do experience it, you know exactly how to deal with your anger so that you resolve all of your problems without ever raising your voice or striking out inappropriately at others. But this world is far from perfect, and an individualize anger counseling program can help you deal with the anger that is uniquely yours.

Anger is a normal reaction to pain. When you are in trouble, your brain has a split second to decide if you should stand and fight or if you should make a run for it. Anger gives you the emotional and physical power to engage in battle, overcome your enemy and return to a place of safety. Nature endowed ancient man with anger to give him the courage and strength to take on prey larger than himself and to protect him from predators. The modern world is much more stressful, with traffic jams, overcrowding, drug addictions and working in office buildings and factories. Modern pain causes a new type of anger, and it takes contemporary and sophisticated counseling methods to deal with modern anger. Click here to read more »


Counseling Programs

by Marty Brenner

individual-counseling-imageThe world is a hostile place these days and there is plenty to be angry about. A poor economy, congested traffic, stressful work conditions and the changing dynamics of American life can lead to overwhelming pain and anxiety. Most of us were never taught how to correctly identify, express and respond to negative emotions, such as anger. Counseling programs promote a beneficial and effective means to deal with your anger and reduce the trauma anger can inflict on your life and others’.

Counseling programs help you identify anger. It is very hard to fight an enemy you cannot see and even more difficult to express a feeling you cannot name. Counseling programs help you define your emotions.

Pain is a warning that something is wrong, and anger is a natural and normal response to pain. As children, we are often encouraged to hide our pain and deny feelings of anger. When asked how we feel, we are taught to smile and say, “I’m doing fine” even when you are in absolute agony. Counseling programs help you uncover the source of your pain and resulting anger. Your treatment specialist helps you take ownership of your emotions, just as a teacher gives you the gift of knowledge and a sports coach improves your control over your body.
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