My ex-husband was just here on business. Needless to say, he triggers a lot of painful memories for me. You see, prior to becoming an addiction counselor, I was a sleepwalker when it came to falling in love. When I first met my ex it was ‘love at first sight’; I was so blinded by love that I didn’t notice that he was a practicing heroin addict—I just thought he was part of the party scene I was involved with during the ‘70s. After his visit I reflected on those triggers that come up whenever we are around each other. I came up with an article I would like to share with those experiencing loving an addict: Ten Rules for Loving an Addict. Whether your addict is a significant other, a parent, child, or friend you will find this article useful. The article is available for free at Online Wellness Association articles directory:, click on ‘Articles Directory’, registration is FREE and only takes a minute, go down the list to ‘MAx Fabry’, and click on ‘Ten Rules for Loving an Addict’. If you have a little time, please return to this blog site to leave your comments by simply clicking on ‘Leave a comment’: I would be very interested in hearing your story.

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This is a repeat blog done back in December, 2008; I thought it was good food for thought—again: In 1999 the US Department of Health and Human Services issued evidence for the need of creativity and need for offering mental health services in ‘Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary’. The report said that ‘there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment; rather, people can choose the type of treatment that best suits them from the diverse forms of treatment that exist.’ A problem that was identified in this report is ‘the reluctance of Americans to seek and obtain care for mental illness is all too understandable, given the many barriers that stand in their way……our society must resolve to dismantle barriers to seeking help that are sizable and significant, but not insurmountable……these calls of action constitute necessary first steps toward overcoming the gaps in what is known and removing the barriers that keep people from seeking and obtaining mental health treatment…..Individuals should be encouraged to seek help from any source in which they have confidence.’ Since the 1980’s E-therapy has become a viable alternative source of help when traditional psychotherapy is not accessible. It is effective and private, and it is conducted by skilled, qualified, ethical professionals. And, for some people, it is the only way they can get help from a professional therapist. E-therapy is directly addressing the major delivery of services uncovered by the Surgeon General’s Report sited above. Online Wellness Association’s single mission ‘is to provide a safe platform for practitioners to build successful practices online, and for prospective clients to feel safe when choosing a practitioner.’ OWA’s Seal of Approval is an indicator of authenticity and validity between practitioner and client. Are you ready to enter the 21st Century mental health community by having an OWA Seal of Approval on your website to immediately prove you are a skilled, qualified, ethical professional to potential clients? Visit our membership requirements at

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When OWA, Online Wellness Association, was first setting up online, one of the staff members went to a reputable association site that claimed they checked credentials. He set up a fake website falsely claiming to have a PhD in psychotherapy; his site was published in this site’s directory within 48 hours. Had someone bothered to actually check him out, they would have found that no person with his name and/or credentials existed. One of the reasons OWA requires four recent professional references are that we want practitioners respected in their field. And, even though someone has credentials necessary to practice their specialty, doesn’t mean they held in esteem in their wellness community. If a practitioner is reported to their ethics board, it is a lengthy process to prove or disprove the accusations. In the meantime, this person can continue to work in the field and continue doing damage to clients, their peers, and the profession. This is why OWA is dedicated to keeping predators and unscrupulous practitioners from finding vulnerable people online. OWA is diligently working on building a safe platform for wellness practitioners to offer their services and for the public to confidently access those services. Do you have your OWA SEAL of APPROVAL on your site?

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During my last workshop I invited an EFT practitioner to give participants of the workshop an EFT experience. EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is one of the approaches to healing based on the body’s energy field. It was amazing watching people’s faces change and their bodies relax while ‘tapping’ different parts of the body. EFT is relatively new tool in the psychotherapeutic alternative medicine field. The technique was created in the 1990’s by Gary Craig who simplified Roger Callahan’s TFT—Thought Field Therapy. The theory is that ‘tapping’ on various parts of the body releases negative emotions restoring balance. While critics have called the theory of EFT pseudoscientific, there are studies that say that it is effective, particularly when supported with other ongoing cognitive approaches. After experiencing the EFT demonstration at my workshop, I am very excited that EFT practitioners are presently applying for membership with OWA.

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