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Sex Addiction: A Family Disease

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett,

The mainstream psychotherapy world is still getting its arms around sex addiction, yet the behaviors that comprise it are nothing new to those who engage in them and their families.

Like any addiction, it’s characterized by uncontrollable compulsions toward harmful behaviors, even after experie

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What to Do When Working with Families of Addicts

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett,

When a family comes to you because their loved one has an addiction, they bring with them a unique set of issues. They are frightened and traumatized by the chaos the addiction has ushered into their lives. They often feel like they are walking on eggshells around their addicted family member and ha

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Families in Crisis: The Importance of Comprehensive Care Across the Entire Family System

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett,

When a person abuses drugs or alcohol, their addiction demands focus as it churns constant crises around them—physical, psychological, financial, and legal.

While the addicted person stands at the center of their self-made tornado of destruction, their family and friends are continually bruised

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Gray Death: Why People Use Drugs that They Know Will Kill Them

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett,

In what is perhaps the most frightening of all drug combinations to date, Gray Death has emerged as a lethally potent combination of opioids that includes heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil (which can tranquilize a 2,000-pound elephant), and the designer drug U-47700 (also known as “pink” or “U4”

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Treating Addiction Within the LGBTQ Community: Not One Size Fits All

Posted by: Dr. Robin Barnett,

High addiction rates within the LGBTQ community are well established, yet treatment focusing on the specific needs of this community are not. The fallback position tends to apply a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment—surely addiction is addiction is addiction. What works for one should transla

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Dr. Robin Barnett is a revered behavioral health expert, certified sex addiction expert and former CEO of Park Bench Group Counseling, a progressive addiction rehabilitation facility in Northfield, New Jersey, which she co-founded in 2006 and sold in 2014.

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