Monday, August 21, 2017

Welcome Back!

This might be my first post in 3+ years, which seems remarkable as I now have a 3.5 year old (oh and a 1.5 year old.)  I started this blog to share my love for DBT and lead to an online DBT program I co-owned for over a year.  After leaving that business I left this blog and let all my business social media fall by the waist side, as the purpose 3 years ago was to drum up business and I wasn't sure what to write about and didn't feel like I had a voice. 

The quick story of how the online DBT business began was that I was working full-time at a prison and starting to dread going into work.  I sat in my car on my ride home dreading the next day and thought to myself, what could I do bring me joy again in my career.  I realized I was happiest when I was facilitating DBT groups and that night posted on Twitter asking if there was any interest in that.  8 months later, I quit my job and worked from home co-facilitating online DBT groups. 

I still occasionally get e-mail asking how I am and if I am still going DBT online.  Three years ago I took a job working for a company doing post-psychiatric follow-up and have had a mix of office and community mental health and addiction positions since- none DBT related. 

This brings me to this week, I got another DBT related e-mail, I get one or two a month with the same question, "where can I get DBT skills coaching?" most of the time these e-mails come from current students of programs that do not offer this service, and occasionally students are unable to attend in person or afford online DBT and are self-learning through a book.  Unlike three years ago currently I really love my job, it provides me joy and hope and fits with my career goals- but it's not DBT.  What has always made me feel fulfilled in my career and overall in my life- was DBT.  Even when I was teaching it, I was also (re) learning it with each new class.  

I haven't for sure decided what my plan is moving forward,  I do not have the time or bandwidth in my life to run DBT groups, nor do I feel like that is my place in the DBT community any longer.  Likely I will begin DBT skills coaching for a nominal fee and see where that leads. I would be perfectly happy coaching and reintegrating into the amazing online community that is DBT students.  I was regularly impressed and in awe of their work and commitment and would like to support those who are making that huge commitment in their work.

I will update as things (likely slowly) progress and have added some new social media accounts.

Twitter: APazMA
Instagram: AliciaPazDBT
Facebook: Alicia Paz DBT 


Alicia Paz & Family <3

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

13 Groups work to ban internet gambling nationwide

It was only a matter of time, as there has not been much press about the Supreme Court ruling about online gambling.

"Referring to the Justice Department’s December interpretation of the law allowing in-state Internet gambling, the groups wrote that the decision 'unleashed actions by a growing number of revenue-hungry state governments to turn the Internet into the largest casino ever, and welcoming into homes a greater social cost than any government can handle. This action is undermining Congress’ clear intent when it passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006 that online gambling should be prohibited.'”

As of last count 9 states have video poker, 9 have Keno (I suspect it's more), Mega Millions in 43, Power ball in 41 and all 50 have Scratch-offs.  I think it's a tough call and using the "think of the children" argument may not be the best in this area.  The lottery funds a lot of community resources and does bring in huge revenue for the state as it hurts less than 10% of it's players.  I think a better way to go is to make the lottery systems in each state allocate funds for treatment and prevention.  We will see how this continues, but asking for states to stop gambling, when it brings in revenue is not going to work.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Website is Up!

Things have been busy a 3 day drive across the country and settling in.  My website is up and running!
Wynn Interested in Buying Online Gambling Site

From the same folks who brought you FarmVille...

Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the law in which on line gambling was banned (except for sports betting) I have been waiting to see what big company was going to come in and begin setting up shop in different states.

In walks Wynn Resorts now interested in purchasing Zynga an online gaming website (withmno financial bets currently.)  Zynga's games are available on Facebook and other social media sites....they even have phone apps to play games.   Zynga presently has about 232 million average monthly active users across 166 countries!  If Wynn (or any company) is successful in this venture there may be on line legal gambling in all states fairly soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Priest Embezzles $650,00 for Gambling

I try not to address what sometimes seems like weekly news article of someone embezzling money from their company due to a gambling addiction.  This article is a little different, as he's a priest and took money from the church shop.  While looking for more information, I found about 10 blogs just dedicated to embezzlement cases.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Forbes: Lottery Warps Our Minds

"However noble may be the cause toward which the revenues are directed, [lotteries] foster an indigence of soul that must be overcome if democratic liberty is to thrive. In the service of revenue, they undermine the very idea of an extended temporal horizon — without which rational action becomes wholly inconceivable."

Putting the conspiracy theory part of the article aside, it is a very interesting article.  I also have wondered with this lottery mania over the last week if as a Problem Gambling Counselor we will see an increase in clients?  When we ask the "gambling history" question are we going to hear a lot of "I dabbled here and there, but during the big $580 Million Mega Millions things changed."

Estimates are that Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is worth around $520-600 Million.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lottery Winners Curse

Not sure if I believe in curses, but with the Mega Millions climbing to almost $600 million there has been a  lot of discussion over buying a ticket.  Most clients don't find it triggering as the VLT machines, but some do and the constant media attention isn't helping.  Then they "what you would do if you won," conversation begins...which leads me into this article regarding the guy who won the last biggest jackpot:

Jack Whittaker: This West Virginia businessman won $315 million in the Powerball lottery in 2002, the largest jackpot ever from a single ticket in American history at the time. After being robbed of $545,000 in cash while at a strip club, Whittaker's granddaughter and daughter were later found dead, and Whittaker was sued by Caesars Atlantic City casino for bouncing $1.5 million worth of checks to cover gambling losses.