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12 Step Programs

12 Step programs provide group support to individuals coping with addiction or the impact of addiction on friends/family. This is just a small sampling of the many 12 Step programs.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon  (for friends and family of alcoholics)
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Codependents Anonymous
Debtors Anonymous 
Gamblers Anonymous 
Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous
Sexaholics Anonymous
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
Underearners Anonymous

Mindfulness & Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn  is a renowned researcher, author and teacher of mindfulness and MBSR.

Sharon Salzberg is an author and Insight meditation teacher. She is known for weaving metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (mindfulness) into her meditation practice.

Tara Brach  is a clinical psychologist, author and Insight meditation teacher. Her most recent book is True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who won the Nobel Prize for peace activism in 1967, he is a teacher and the author of over 100 books.

Insight LA  is a great place to go to learn about mindfulness and meditation. The center offers classes, workshops and online resources.

Francine Shapiro is the founder and creator of EMDR Therapy.  EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Simply put, EMDR helps clients access "stuck" or unprocessed memories that show up as negative feelings about themselves (cognitions) in the present. 

The idea is that underneath clients' symptoms are past experiences that contribute to their severity.
These stuck memories are associated with negative emotions, sensations and beliefs.  By processing these memories in the present, clients have the opportunity to "metabolize" them from their adult (current) consciousness. Research supports the effectiveness of EMDR in treating trauma, anxiety and depression. 




Additional Resources

Positive Psychology Center Positive Psychology is a strength based approach to psychology founded by Dr. Martin Seligman. It is based on the premise that people want to lead meaningful, satisfying lives.

Dr. Kimberly Young is a psychologist, professor and author. She is a pioneer in the field of internet addiction.  Dr Young has written several books including: Caught in the Net and Tangled in the Web.  Dr. Young is the founder of the first hospital based inpatient treatment program which opened in September of 2013.

The Bridge to Recovery The Bridge to Recovery, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, serves individuals and family members coping with trauma, codependence, and a wide range of addictions. Maria was part of the clinical team for their weekend workshop series.

The Gottman Institute Drs. John and Julie Gottman are the founders of The Gottman Institute and know for their work with couples. Their book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a must read for couples.

Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D. is a researcher and professor of Psychology at University of California Riverside, studying the possibility of permanently increasing happiness.  She has published numerous research articles. Her most recent book is titled  The Myths of Happiness.

Brene Brown is a research professor and author who is studying shame, vulnerability, worthiness and courage.  Her most recent book Rising Strong book is about the power of emotion and our ability to lean into discomfort.  Brown's prior book Daring Greatly explores the topic of vulnerability.