Paul Krauss MA LPC featured on “I love being sober” podcast with Tim Westbrook

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“I’m looking forward to talking about Intentional Recovery with Paul Krauss MA LPC. Paul is the main force behind Grand Rapids’ Health for Life Counseling, also known as The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. He wears several hats as a dedicated private practice psychotherapist as well as an esteemed EMDRIA Consultant and Certified Clinician. In addition to his clinical work, Paul broadcasts the podcast “Intentional Clinician” and is the driving force behind the National Violence Prevention Hotline and the Intentional Clinician Training Program for aspiring therapists.

Paul’s dedication to the industry is clear in the fact that he provides weekly EMDRIA consulting sessions for therapists and has created helpful tools like the online course for Parents of Young Adults. Although he occasionally operates as a therapist in Grand Rapids, MI, he devotes most of his time and energy to training the next generation of therapists, with the goal of maintaining Health for Life Counseling as a model of excellence in counseling practices in Grand Rapids. Paul is a beacon for folks in the West Michigan region dealing with trauma, anxiety, despair, and relationship issues, with a special skill in EMDR therapy. We delve into getting sober on purpose and improving your mental health. We’re all aware that it doesn’t just happen.” – Tim Westbrook, CEO of Camelback Recovery and host of the “I love being sober” podcast.

[04:30] People need to put intentional effort into getting sober and recovering. Doing something that you’ve never done requires help.

[05:48] Paul shares how he developed a passion for helping teens with substance abuse problems.

[07:08] He began learning a program that would help teens. It was called The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach. Many situations turned around in 4 to 5 months.

[08:50] Mandated treatment programs do not prevent people from achieving recovery. It doesn’t matter how they get there. It matters if it sticks.

[12:35] This approach emphasized early intervention with family therapy, personal therapy, trauma therapy, and more. It also focused on getting them into positive activity.

[17:23] Therapists also work on reducing triggers so people can go into things clear-headed.

[19:07] We talk about when parents should discuss drug and alcohol use with children.

[22:32] Be honest according to your kid’s age development level. Then as they age keep the conversation going.

[29:36] Treat people with respect and dignity. The punishment and consequent need to be appropriate for the crime.

[33:09] Parents shouldn’t expect their children to just grow out of drinking and drugs.

[33:55] Anyone who starts drugs and drinking before the age of 18 is at massive risk of addiction. Genetics and stress also have a lot to do with it.

[37:55] Having an intervention begins with immediately cutting off the source. Part of the treatment plan is also to get the kids involved in pro-social activities.

[42:30] The more time that the parents spend in therapy and get involved, the more likely the kid will not be an addict for the rest of their life.

[43:20] Parents also need to do their own therapy because this process is so stressful.

[44:41] When there’s addiction in a family, it’s an “us” problem.

[46:57] If people are cynical, that’s inside of them.

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