How to Maintain Sobriety through the Holidays

Maintaining Sobriety through the Holidays

Most people think of the holidays as a season of joy and celebration with friends and family.  However, for some, the holidays are a time of stress, precipitated by the prospect of difficult family gatherings, financial pressures, and an array of demands which can bring sadness, loneliness, anxiety, and intense feelings of depression.   In some…

Expectations in Addiction Recovery

How to Manage Your Expectations in Addiction Recovery

In this episode of the Waismann Method® podcast, Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT share the keys to setting realistic expectations after an addiction treatment program.   Episode 31: Managing Your Expectations after an Addiction Treatment   Dwight Hurst, CMHC: Welcome back to a podcast to answer your questions on addiction recovery and mental…

12 Steps Recovery Program

What if the 12 Step Program Isn’t Working for Me?

In this episode, Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT address a listener’s question, “What do I do if 12 step groups do not work for me?” The answers to this question involve treatment planning, self-advocacy, goal-setting, and much more. Episode 30: Why 12 Step Programs Don’t Work for Everyone   Dwight Hurst, CMHC: Hi,…

Opioid Drug Overdose

Overdose Epidemic Is Sweeping the Nation: Here Is How We Can Increase Safety and Awareness

As the opioid epidemic rages silently alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, the US is facing a worsening drug-related overdose and death crisis, particularly with drugs laced with Fentanyl. Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT discuss the substance use disorder crisis and ideas for increasing safety and awareness.   Episode 29: Drug Overdose Epidemic Is Sweeping…

Concept of Using Mental Illness as an Excuse for Bad Behavior

Using Mental Health Issues as an Excuse for Bad Behavior

Do people use mental health issues as an excuse for poor behavior? Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT address this question on our podcast today and discuss the delicate balance between recognizing mental health issues and labeling people with limiting or destructive stereotypes.   Episode 28: Do People Use Mental Illness as an Excuse…

Enabling Partner's Addiction

Are You Enabling Your Partner’s Addiction?

This is the second part of our 2-part discussion with Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT. When your loved one is battling substance abuse issues, the worst thing you can do is support their addiction. Learn the signs of enabling behavior vs. helping your partner in their recovery.   Episode 27: Are You Enabling…

Enabling Addiction in a Parent-Child Relationship

Families and Addiction: Are You Enabling Your Child?

Are you enabling or empowering your child? The desire to help those who mean the most to us is one of the most remarkable human instincts. But often, our determination to help ends up crossing healthy lines, especially when talking about addiction. In this podcast, Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC, registered addiction specialist, and David Livingston, LMFT,…

Honesty about Addiction Treatment

Did You Fail Treatment or Did Treatment Fail You?

An important part of understanding how treatment can help with dependence and addiction problems is recognizing the program’s limitations. What can an addiction treatment professional do to help? What limits do healthcare professionals and treatment programs need to be more honest about? Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT discuss these questions and help illuminate…

Working in Addiction Treatment

Working in Addiction Treatment – the Highs and Lows

In this podcast episode Clare Waismann, RAS/SUDCC and David Livingston, LMFT address a listener’s question. Chris asks: What are the highs and lows of working in the addiction treatment field? We talk about the treatment approaches, the emotional investment of the work, and how sometimes the highs and the lows can be surprisingly related to…