Podcast with Paul Pellinger, Chief Strategy Officer at Recovery Unplugged

Paul is an innovator in addiction treatment with a career that spans over 20 years. He has worked as a counselor, manager, court appointed liaison, and consultant. Over the years Paul has helped open some of the most successful treatment facilities in South Florida, along with providing career changing opportunities to those whom share the same passion of helping those in need. As Chief Strategy Officer, Paul brings his years of wisdom and insight directly to Recovery Unplugged staff and clients. Our Editor Nicola spoke to Paul recently about the ethos and program behind the Recovery Unplugged name. You can contact and find out more about Recovery Unplugged here.     Continue reading

Do You Want Your Therapist To Tell You About Their Life? – By Jamie Marich

  Dr. Jamie Marich sent me this link today to share with the readers at The Cafe. It discusses whether or not your therapist disclosing some of their own experience is something that hinders or helps. There are differing opinions for sure and it’s something that most people in the therapeutic and life coaching fields grapple with all the time. Even those of us who write about mental health and addiction issues wonder if they have the balance right! On a personal note, I find it so helpful when I’m sitting with a therapist who can assure me they understand what I’m talking about. And not in “I learned it in a book” kind of way, but in a “I’ve been there worn the t-shirt” kind of way. Quite recently, while sharing a very unpleasant life experience, my therapist just simply said, “I too had a very similar experience.” That… Continue reading

Can You Work the Steps in Therapy, Too? – Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

Many recovering addicts choose to seek help in therapy as well as twelve step rooms. Sometimes this begins with a stay at an inpatient rehab followed by standard outpatient therapy. Other times addicts skip rehab and seek standard outpatient treatment right away. Either way, therapists who specialize in addiction treatment (and even those who don’t) nearly always steer their addicted clients toward twelve step meetings, encouraging them to get a sponsor and to work the twelve steps as originated by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and adapted for use by other recovery programs. Generally, the twelve steps are worked with guidance from a sponsor—a fellow recovering addict who has worked the steps already as part of his or her own recovery. Therapists, even those who are in recovery themselves, should NOT serve as a client’s sponsor. The therapeutic alliance is unique, and it should not be conflated with sponsorship. A… Continue reading