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Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker introduced “An Act Relative to Combatting Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention” (CARE Act) as part of a larger legislative package to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. The proposal would expand on the state’s existing involuntary commitment law, building on an already deeply-troubled system. Baker’s proposal is part of a misguided national trend to use involuntary commitment or other coercive treatment mechanisms to address the country’s opioid crisis.

The CARE Act and involuntary hold

Right now, Section 35 of Massachusetts General Law chapter 123 authorizes the state to involuntarily commit someone with an alcohol or substance use disorder for up to 90 days. The legal standards and procedures for commitment are broad; a police officer, physician, or family member of an individual whose substance use presents the “likelihood of serious harm” can petition the court.



By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Understanding The Self-Defeating Personality

Self-defeating personalities display consistent patterns of detrimental behavior resulting in problematic situations and failed relationships.

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These personalities create disappointing environments, become stagnant, and fail to accomplish important life goals. These individuals lack self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. They are riddled with guilt and shame, and according to the definition of personality disorder, do have maladaptive processing methods that create problematic patterns of relating, perceiving and behaving. Their behavior does create problems in their daily lives, in their personal relationships, (preferring to stay and suffer in a bad relationship, rather than move forward in a healthy one, or to be alone,) and their off-putting behavior does diminish their ability to function in society. Social interaction is a significant component of any healthy relationship and is imperative when trying to establish relationships at a deeper level. The self-defeating personality, the consummate victim will be a people pleaser, will attempt to be optimistic, will attempt to lovingly commit, and then will wholeheartedly invest in sabotage.  Their inability to love or even like themselves often leads to inappropriate choices and related conditions such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and gambling addictions, making any healthy relationship impossible.


Mind Over Matter


Science writer Jo Marchant investigated the healing power of the mind for her new book, Cure.  Jutta Kuss/Getty Images.


How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power ‘Mind Over Body’ Updated January 26, 20164:37 PM ET Published January 26, 20161:22 PM ET

Following our discussion on Mind Over Matter, Please review Dr. Marchant’s information. Listen to Dr. Marchant explain the process and please feel free to offer your insight and opinions regarding the topic.

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Perfectly Imperfect

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo,  M.Ed., Ph.D.perfect

The humanistic perspective of psychology is the work of Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow and focuses on the relationship of the individual to society (social), considers the ways in which people view themselves in relation to others (interpersonal), and considers how one see’s his or her place in the world (growth potential). (more…)


Leadership Through Crisis

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, MBA, MAOP

Organizations experience times of crisis.  During a crisis situation leadership is expected to guide and continue to move the organization forward.  The expectations of  leaders change during a crisis. (more…)


The Relationship between Culture, Consulting, and Assessing in Organizations   

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, MBA, MAOP

To assess properly a need for change within a diverse organizational culture the coach or consultant must understand the dynamics of cultural diversity, and the interrelationship between coaching, group coaching, and organizational coaching in organizations.  When dealing with diverse populations within an organization a coach or consultant must have a working knowledge of how cultural diversity, individual and group coaching, organizational consulting, and assessment of outcomes is imperative for proper successful interventions. (more…)


Coaching and Consulting Individuals and Organizations

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, MBA, MAOP

Creating effective change strategies for individuals and organizations requires knowledge of proper intervention strategies such as individual coaching, group coaching, and organizational consulting.  The appropriate coaching and consulting techniques will allow proper application of system theories when implementing change processes within an organization. (more…)


The Psychological Contract

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, MBA, MAOP

With today’s turbulent economy and without reassurance of long-term job security, is the psychological contract still a relevant aspect of organizational culture and workplace relationships? (more…)


Propensity to Evil

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo,  M.Ed., Ph.D.

good versus evilThe sixteenth century Puritan belief of original sin, the ideology that children are born evil and need to be civilized through harsh punishment and authoritative parental control,,

“Tabula Rasa” “blank slates,” Philosopher John Locke’s opposition to authoritarianism, the concept that human characteristics are attained through learning,,

Jean Jacques Rousseau, innate goodness, the rejection of Puritan belief, the rejection of Locke’s theories, the concept of inherent goodness. 

Innate goodness, the existence of evil, neither can be denied,, biblical concepts provide explanation for the existence of good and evil, but what secular concept can explain the existence of good and evil personalities. (more…)


Genetic Testing In Employment

By Veronica Emilia Nuzzolo, MBA, MAOP
On May 21, 2008, President George W. Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) into law. Congress enacted GINA because of the increased use of genetic testing. According to Congress as research progresses and new genetic information is presented these advances may result in the misuse of genetic information to discriminate in health insurance and employment, (GINA Section 2). (more…)

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