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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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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What is Narcissism?

On Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison-sentence marked a historic moment. Because many have called him a narcissistic, Paracelsus Recovery explains what narcissism actually is. Narcissism is a highly complex personality disorder (NPD). A personality disorder is a type of mental illness that leads an individual to have a distorted pattern of thinking and relating to reality. In…

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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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