Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In general terms, yoga is an exercise that benefits the body, mind and spirit through an integration of breathing techniques, strengthening exercises, postures and meditation. There are many types of yoga; all are beneficial. Although yoga is a centuries-old practice, it is a relatively new treatment modality in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Acceptance…

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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder? Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or infidelity? Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the answers.  Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an addiction. They…

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“We manage a misery”: After the excitement about public crack use, a drug pioneer calls for legal cocaine. – Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

Our in-house psychiatrist, colleague and long-time friend of Paracelsus Recovery recently spoke to Tobias Marti and Giorgio Scherrer of Neue Zürcher Zeitung about his work for non-profit harm reduction organisations in Zurich.  

Dr Thilo Beck is a pioneer in Zurich's drug policy and emphasises the urgent need for protected spaces where marginalised individuals can safely consume substances. The displacement of these centres reveals a systemic oversight, leading to a surge in drug consumption, mainly crack cocaine, in unexpected demographics. Beck advocates for a controlled, limited legalisation approach to drug consumption in specialised locations, stressing that repressive measures only exacerbate the risks. 

The article raises pivotal questions about the future of drug policy and the well-being of individuals struggling with substance abuse, urging a reevaluation of current approaches. At Paracelsus Recovery, we adopt a harm-reductionist approach to substance abuse and believe Thilo's points could not be more critical. 

We are sure his 30+ years of experience and insights will be helpful to anyone working in the mental health field. Find the full article --> here. 

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