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[Video] Arden O’Connor & Zack Faas: Presentation on Eating Disorders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

OPG’s CEO Arden O’Connor and Clinical Coordinator Zack Faas recently gave a presentation on how OPG’s case management services have helped clients with eating disorders and co-occurring substance abuse issues. They reviewed some of our consulting procedures for helping families facing these challenges, and some case examples detailing how our case managers work with such […]

Smoothing the transition from addiction treatment to daily life

Return to reality – Now what? This post originally appeared in September 2014 at http://billmessinger.com/blog/return-to-reality-now-what. For almost all families, 28 days in treatment passes far too quickly. It seems like you’ve just breathed a sigh of relief that your loved one is safely stashed away, and bang! It’s discharge day! Now the hard work of […]

Why affluent adolescents fail to launch

This post originally appeared in July, 2014 at: http://billmessinger.com/blog/from-the-headlines-5/ Being athletic, attractive, socially admired and sought after seem like the perfect solutions to overcoming the angst and insecurities common in the early teen years. It might feel as though you’ve dodged a bullet if your child is one of the popular kids, but watch out. […]

Recovery Coaching for Mothers

Recovery coaching services services remain a little known and underutilized resource in most treatment circles. The mainstream media, though, is becoming increasingly interested in the topic, and two of our case managers recently did a recovery coaching radio show. Although recovery coaching has mainly been covered in the context of a younger demographic of addicts, […]

[AUDIO]: OPG Recovery Coaches Featured on Common Ground Radio Show

Last week, our friends at Common Ground radio kindly invited two of our Recovery Coaches to be featured on a broadcast. Hands-on, community based support for addicts, alcoholics, eating disorder patients, and mental health patients is a topic of growing interest in the media. Martha Bebinger and WBUR’s CommonHealth blog recently ran a lengthy feature […]

Why Heroin?

This post originally appeared in September, 2014, following Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death, at http://billmessinger.com/blog/from-the-headlines. Why do supposedly smart people become addicted to heroin? Why do they use it in the first place, when it has a reputation as a low-class, junkie drug? What’s the attraction? What’s the high? With the recent death of Philip Seymour […]

Recovery Coaching with Heroin Addicts on Cape Cod

Recovery coaching services are still widely unknown, even amongst treatment circles. Few families in crisis, or with families with sons or daughters in inpatient substance abuse treatment, are aware that such services exist. In early recovery, it’s hard to overstate the value of a hands-on partner and support person to help a newly sober addict […]

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