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Talk therapy does not work for drug and alcohol problems, Joan mathews Larson PhD
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 1:38 pm Email this article
Talk therapy does not work for drug and alcohol problems notes Joan Mathews Larson, PhD in this video clip.
Joan Mathews Larson, PhD opened the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1980.
She treats both drug and alcohol problems as well as anxiety and depression with a nutritional approach—vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and a change in diet.
Her success rate is 74% after 3.5 years compared to about a 5% success with “Talk Therapy” based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
She opened the Center in 1980 after her son had committed suicide in the 1970’s after returning home from a hospital-based “Talk Therapy” program. She thought there must be a better way.
Her treatments are all based on scientific research.
I am posting this because in the past few weeks, US actor Charlie Sheen, star of the Number 1 show on television, “Two an One-Half Men”, who has had a problem with drugs and alcohol, has been all over television.
Addiction specialist, Drew Pinsky, MD—“Dr. Drew”—the doctor on the US television program “Celebrity Rehab”, has also been on several television shows saying that Charlie Sheen needs to go into rehab—a Talk Therapy-based rehabilitation.
I disagree. As Joan Mathews Larson, PhD notes, addiction problems are the result of biochemical glitches.
Biochemical glitches cannot be “talked away”. They cannot be solved with Talk Therapy.
Hopefully someone will tell Dr. Drew and Charlie Sheen about Joan Mathews Larson, PhD and her very successful treatment for drug and alcohol problems.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in the treatment of addiction problems, away from Talk Therapy, and to where it is recognize it as biochemical problem that requires nutritional therapies to solve.Books by Dr. Larson
Dr. Larson is the author of two wonderful books
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She has been treating people for drug and alcohol problems with nutritional therapies since 1980.
She found that just about everyone who walked through their door had anxiety and depression, so she started treating that as well.
She points out that drug and alcohol problems are the result of biochemical glitches that cannot be solved with Talk Therapy such as Alcoholic Anonymous.
Contact Information for Dr. Larson
Joan Mathews Larson, PhD
Health Recovery Center
3255 Hennepin Av S
Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA
1-800-554-9155 phone toll-free
(612) 827-7800 phone
(612) 827-1948 fax
Hours: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM (CST)
Monday thru Friday
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