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Breaking Through! Stories of Hope and Recovery

Breaking Through! Stories of Hope and Recovery

by Dr Mark Stahlhuth, Dr Nancy Irwin

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Breaking Through! Stories of Hope and Recovery is a collection of stories that inspire and offer hope to individuals and loved ones impacted by the ravages of addiction.

Dr. Mark Stahlhuth and Dr. Nancy Irwin offer nine vignettes in Breaking Through! Stories of Hope and Recovery that profile specific cases of addiction and the co-occurring disorders that often accompanies alcoholism and substance abuse. In addition to drawing a composite portrait of each subject's downward spiral, these vignettes demonstrate some of the cutting-edge treatment protocols used by Seasons in Malibu's World Class Addiction and Recovery Center.

Snapshots of people profiled in Breaking Through! Stories of Hope and Recovery include:

- A Celebrated Actor who had everything life could offer except what he truly needed.
- An I.T. Pioneer who broke through glass ceilings to enjoy a highly successful career at a great cost to her personal life.
- A Sheriff whose childhood messages about masculinity negatively impacted the way he handled trauma when confronted with the barrel of a gun.
- A 20-Something, affluent heroin addict whose parents' own alcohol and drug problems created a chaotic home life he fled from at an early age.
- A Medical Doctor brought up in a strict religious environment that wouldn't allow him to own his sexuality.
- A Professional Gambler and victim of child abuse who didn't understand how his early upbringing impacted his life long after he left home at an early age.
- A Middle Age Widow whose arrest for a DUI helped her gain insight about her drinking pattern that had escalated significantly after the sudden death of her husband.

Every client who enters Seasons' treatment facilities has access to Seasons in Malibu's multi-disciplinary, one-on-one holistic approach. No two people are alike and at Seasons in Malibu, one-size does not fit all. Yet those suffering with addictions do share some commonalities.

We hope our readers will have their own 'breaking through' moments as they read these inspiring stories meant to show the struggle for sobriety, as well as the bountiful rewards felt once the fog of addiction is lifted from their lives.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940157502102
Publisher: Jackson Deere Press
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 808,816
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark Stahlhuth, Ph.D., was born in Michigan, raised in Colorado and after moving to Southern California, attended U.C.L.A. He entered California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University, to complete his doctorate in clinical psychology, which included extensive training in psycho-diagnostic assessment. In addition to conducting psychological assessments for over three decades, Dr. Stahlhuth has worked in the addiction field since 1980. For twenty-seven years, he worked in the adult and adolescent residential field treating addiction, sexual abuse and trauma. In 1995, he opened a private practice specializing in the treatment of families suffering from addiction and trauma. In 2009, Dr Stahlhuth became Clinical Director for Seasons Recovery Centers in Malibu. He utilizes his extensive experience in addiction treatment and trauma resolution to orchestrate the cutting edge clinical programs that Seasons is known for; programs that include a residential trauma tract for clients whose primary issue underlying self-medicating addiction is past trauma. This tract was developed by Dr. Stahlhuth.

In 1985, Dr. Nancy Irwin moved to New York City from her hometown Atlanta to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. She enjoyed success performing around the country and abroad, until a volunteering experience in a Los Angeles shelter housing sexually abused teenagers proved life-changing, enough to shift her career goals from entertainment to psychology. Soon after, she enrolled in California Southern University, earning a doctorate in psychology with a focus on prevention and healing of sexual abuse. After earning her credentials, as well as a certification in hypnotherapy, Dr. Irwin became a frequent guest on many radio and television talk shows including CNN, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC.
Of her many awards and accolades, Dr Irwin holds memberships in the California Psychological Association, the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the American Hypnosis Association.

A powerful keynote speaker, Dr. Irwin’s message is: Change does not have to be scary and hard. It can be creative and fun.

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