5 Tips to Help You Drink Smart and Stay Cool on Thanksgiving

By Dr. Marc Kern Crowded airports. Packed shopping malls. The obnoxious brother-in-law. While the holidays are an all-too rare occasion to spend quality time with friends and family, for many of us they are incredibly stressful. Thanksgiving certainly comes with… Read More

Is neurofeedback the solution to Marijuana addiction?

Alternatives Addiction Treatment
When Joey came to us at Alternatives he had just been kicked out of college on the east coast. After moving away from home and getting in with the “stoner” crowd, he started smoking marijuana daily and soon found that… Read More

You might want to Curb Your Enthusiasm about Marijuana Legalization

Alternatives Addiction Treatment
Marijuana is currently legal for personal use in four states. As it stands, another five, including California, will vote on marijuana legalization in the upcoming November 2016 election. Here in California there’s a lot of enthusiasm for legalization: recent polls… Read More

DBT: An Effective Addiction Treatment?

The debate over what causes addiction never seems to end. Is it nature or nurture? Is it a disease, or is it a choice? What makes it worse: drug availability or social isolation? While determining the cause of an addiction… Read More

Drunk on Halloween – Behind the Mask

Drunk on Halloween
Halloween is one of those holidays that kids learn to love early on. The ability to put on a mask and pretend to be anything – a superhero, a king, or an evil troll – is magical and enticing. It’s… Read More

The Alcohol Blackout and Harm Reduction

Alcohol Blackout
We’ve heard some terrible stories from clients here at Alternatives. But the different versions of a vicious cycle some of our female clients have found themselves stuck in are some of the most difficult to handle. They report experiencing an alcohol blackout while drinking and… Read More

How parents (and governments) can fix the addiction problem

Disciplining teens - drug use
Parents often wonder what to do with their kid who is using drugs or drinking too much. For parents, this feels completely different than the problems the public-health and criminal justice systems have been having for decades. It’s much more personal and important.… Read More

Addiction, attachment styles and the disease model

Alternatives Addiction Treatment
Addiction treatment in the U.S. suffers from terrible success rates, and we believe that one of the main problems has to do with a flawed conceptualization of the problem itself. At a recent addiction conference, I sat down with Lori-Jean… Read More