Dr. Santi Meunier
Workshops & Seminars
Respected Teacher & psychotherapist
Bringing the big picture into focus

Addiction in the Workplace (in our Schools, in the Medical Profession, in the Boardroom etc.)

Dr. Meunier skillfully outlines the problem and the solution as it pertains to various groups in our society.  This is vitally important information for Corporations, Institutions and Schools.
Each talk is designed to address the special needs of that organization.

Addiction in the Workplace: What Every Healthcare Professional Should Know

There are over 20 million active alcoholics in the United States, according to the Behavioral News Service, costing the national economy over 30 billion dollars per year, .
From the British Medical Association comes a report that 1 in 15 doctors may be affected by alcohol dependence at some point in their careers.

Although most of the research to date has focused on addiction problems amongst physicians, all healthcare professionals, including medical students, dentists, nurses, aides and pharmacists are at risk. The abuse of alcohol and drugs by healthcare professionals is of the utmost concern due to its impact on patient care and on the medical profession as a whole.

Age-old misconceptions persist to this day regarding the disease of alcoholism and the nature of addiction, even among healthcare professionals.

Recent discoveries reveal many factors that can contribute to alcoholism. Genetic make-up, hormones, brain chemistry and enzymes all play a crucial role. Shifting societal norms and cultural trends play another. 

Learn the reasons why doctors and other healthcare professionals are at risk for alcohol and drug abuse, and why treatment is rarely sought by this group.

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Alcoholism, The Hidden Epidemic

In this talk Dr. Meunier covers the history of alcoholism and alcoholism treatment up to the present day. She also presents her own treatment model based on her 20+ years in the field practicing a synthesis of clinical and alternative therapies which is called the Holographic Treatment Plan.

There are over 20 million active alcoholics in the United States alone, costing the national economy over 30 billion dollars a year.  Many believe that the numbers are even higher, since the treatment costs of the many physical complications caused by late stage alcoholism are often not included in alcoholism-related statistics.

Alcoholism is a silent and deadly epidemic that is putting a tremendous strain on the entire global community.
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Many factors contribute to alcoholism; genetic make-up, hormones, brain chemistry and enzymes all play a crucial role. Shifting societal norms and cultural trends play another.

At present, significant scientific technology and research is focused on exploring ancient techniques and practices to better understand the sources of their healing potential, as well as the role of neuropeptides and the body’s chemistry for alternative drug therapies.

Millions of recovering alcoholics worldwide show us that there is hope for this devastating disease, but it doesn’t just happen. Arming ourselves with the facts and treatment options that work, are key to success.  Dr. Meunier believes that we all have a responsibility to ourselves, our families and society as a whole to help arrest this epidemic.

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Alcoholics are getting Younger & Younger

This talk is designed to inform, clarify, and demystify the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction so that parents and educators can make sound decisions, and get our children the help they need. Identifying the problem and eliminating denial and enabling behaviors is the first step.  Finding appropriate treatment and on-going support that deals with the underlying issues, as well as the addiction is step two.

The problem of teenage drinking is so severe that over 2,000 high schools in the country have installed intoximeters to check teens at risk for drinking problems.

Some of the behavioral symptoms for both adolescents and adults are the same.  The following list is a guide of indications that a child may be using alcohol.  It is important to point out that if you observe some of these symptoms it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs or alcohol.  Certainly further investigation should be done.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Mood swings; personality changes; defensiveness; overly emotional, self-centered; manipulative behaviors
  • Strained and difficult communications
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Changes in dress, friends, likes and dislikes
  • Lack of self-discipline; apathy; school/work problems
  • Anxious behavior; fearful
  • Fitful sleep patterns
  • Poor coping skills; depression; anxiety
  • Significant change(s) in appearance, attitude, personality, or routine. 

Physical Symptoms

  • Fatigue; weight gain or loss
  • Bloodshot watery eyes and/or dilated pupils
  • Rundown condition resulting in frequent colds, sore throats, flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Shaky hands, sweating
  • Poor coordination-stumbling or dizzy spells
  • Irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure
  • Troubling sleeping, restless and irritable
  • Temper tantrums or outburst 
  • Chronically inflamed nostrils, runny nose
  • Always dressed in long sleeves, even in hot weather

More details on signs and symptoms can be found on the Watershed Treatment Center website at: www.thewatershed.com/signs.htm.

If you notice any of these changes please don’t put off confronting the child to find out more about what he or she is experiencing.  The adolescent years are often difficult for everyone in the family.  Children change and grow rapidly, and with their hormonal levels and other “growing pains” increasing, moods can take on dramatic proportions.  Some of this is perfectly normal no matter how hard it is to deal with at the time.  Separating what is normal from what is a danger signal is the responsibility of each parent and care-giver.  There is too much to lose from ignoring the signs and the challenges.

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Alcohol and the Elderly

In this talk Dr. Meunier addresses the growing problem of alcoholism and prescription drug abuse in our elderly. She skillfully separates facts from fiction, and gives sound advice as to what to do if you suspect a problem. This is an important talk for families and/or caregivers that are involved in the safely and well being of an older adult.

The number of alcoholics is expected to triple as baby boomers reach 50 years and older in the next fifteen years.  Ron Hunsicker of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers states, “We need to prepare to meet the needs of older addicts.”  In a federal report in 1989 it was estimated that ten million older adults were at risk of suffering drug addiction - primarily to sleeping pills and tranquilizers.  Linda Dreblow, MSW, who manages an older-adult program at Scripps Memorial Hospital McDonald Center in La Jolla, California states, “Older adults have fewer social contacts as time goes on, and a lack of knowledge about chemical dependency makes it harder for others to pick up on.”  Withdrawal symptoms from these drugs can include shakiness, stomach upset, sleeplessness, confusion, irritability, and depression.  Many times the withdrawal symptoms from these drugs cause the very symptoms that the patient was seeking to combat. 

Risk Factors for older adults include:

  • Anxiety and/or depression due to illness or loss.
  • diminished self esteem
  • loss of a spouse or close friends
  • loss of home and/or family
  • Overdosing on medications due to forgetfulness or not realizing generic brand similarities. 
  • Taking dosages that are the same as for younger adults, which in fact may be too much.  Doctors need to take age into consideration more when estimating dosages.
  • Using more than one doctor for prescriptions because of various ailments.
  • isolation and lack of communication
  • alcohol use along with the medication

Many older adults do not realize that alcohol is a drug as well.  Older alcoholics are divided into two categories: early-onset and late-onset drinkers.  According to Smithers Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center in New York City, approximately 2/3 of the older alcoholics are early-onset drinkers.  They have abused alcohol for most of their lives, and often have multiple health issues in old age as a result.  The remaining 1/3 are late-onset alcoholics, age 60+, who have developed the problem later in life and therefore have a better chance of recovery.  Renee Zito, of the Smithers facility, notes that, “with abstinence, proper diet and time, recovery can be complete.”  The late-onset drinkers usually began drinking heavily as the result of a trauma or deep personal loss. 

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The High Cost of Addiction

In this talk Dr. Meunier covers the history of alcoholism and alcoholism treatment up to the present day. She also presents her own treatment model based on her 20+ years in the field practicing a synthesis of clinical and alternative therapies which is called the Holographic Treatment Plan.

This talk is designed to inform, clarify, and demystify the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction so that we as a society can make sound decisions, and get alcoholics and drug addicts the help and support they need. This is an important step in alleviating some of the financial and psychological burden that is currently overwhelming our society.

Hidden among underreported and misreported national medical statistics is the sobering fact that alcoholism is the number 2 killer in this country, second only to cancer.
There are over 20 million active alcoholics in the United States alone, costing the national economy over 30 billion dollars a year.  Many believe that the numbers are even higher, since the treatment costs of the many physical complications caused by late stage alcoholism are often not included in alcoholism-related statistics.

Alcoholism is a silent and deadly epidemic that is putting a tremendous strain on the entire global community. And it is getting worse.

Many factors contribute to alcoholism; genetic make-up, hormones, brain chemistry and enzymes all play a crucial role. Shifting societal norms and cultural trends play another.

 It is vitally important that psychotherapists, doctors and treatment centers in the field of addiction be educated to new forms of treatment based on the most recent scientific discoveries if we are to effectively treat the active alcoholic and arrest this epidemic.
 
At present, significant scientific technology and research is focused on exploring ancient techniques and practices to better understand the sources of their healing potential, as well as the role of neuropeptides and the body’s chemistry for alternative drug therapies.

To book a talk or workshop call (401) 667-7399 or email Santi at Santi.SantiMeunier.com

Sample of other topics by Dr. Santi Meunier
Self Worth-Net Worth
Time. Is it on your side?
Salespersons: Sell yourself first
Letting Go of our Old Ideas
Meaning and Value
The 3% Solution to Success

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The Mental Diet, You are what you think
The Mental Diet: Recognize- Analyze-Synthesize is designed to free us from the bonds and habits of negative, fearful thinking.  Like any habit, it takes time and discipline to break. Like any diet, you will not be able to follow it perfectly without slipping now and then, but the key here is to hold that ideal.  The more vigilant we are the more effective the diet will be. The diet consists of:

  • Breaking the old thought patterns through abstaining, and correcting our thoughts when we find ourselves in fear and negativity
  • Forming new, healthy thought patterns that create healing and happiness
  • Becoming the kind of person you would like to be rather than the labels that were imposed on you in the past
  • Keeping a log of your progress over the next 30 days
  • Eventually being able to abstain for 30 days in a row

The Mental Diet is essential in attaining and sustaining success.
This talk and accompanying seminar can be geared to specific groups.
For more information call Dr. Meunier @ (401) 667-7399  To find out more go to the article on the home page of www.SantiMeunier.com

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Embracing Change
The times are changing. Are we changing with them? When we resist change or try to deny it, we create an atmosphere of fear and uneasiness within us.  As this builds up inside us, the desire to project it out at someone or something grows stronger until we convince ourselves that “they” are to blame.  Being angry at the outside culprit gets us off the hook.  We convince ourselves that we don’t have to change; all we have to do is try to control the supposed problem.  If it can’t be controlled then we can be justifiably angry.  Does this sound familiar?  I know few among us who have not fallen into that trap. Resisting change means that we are resisting growth. This sabotages our success and well being.

Let’s approach the changes in our world with a new attitude, bringing light to all the situations that face us.  Holding close and sharing with those we love both our vulnerabilities as well as our strengths.  The darkness allows us to view the stars and to appreciate the sunshine and the warmth it brings.
In this talk, Dr. Meunier gives us important tools to help us to Embrace Change.

This talk and accompanying seminar can be geared to specific groups.
For more information call Dr. Meunier @ (401) 667-7399  To find out more go to the article on the home page of www.SantiMeunier.com

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ENDURING SOBRIETY,The Holographic Treatment Program
The Holographic Treatment Program was developed for recovering alcoholics and addicts, but the principals can be applied by anyone seeking more from life both inwardly and outwardly. It is holistic in nature but holographic in form.  One of the unique characteristics of a hologram is that each of its parts has the ability to re-create the whole.  I remember as a child being fascinated by starfish.  If any one of the starfish legs were cut off, the fish had the ability to grow another one and survive.  As alcoholics and addicts in recovery, perhaps a similar ability is needed to sustain long term abstinence and well being. 

The Holographic Treatment Plan, Living Beyond the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is made up of three phases:
Phase One The Foundation
Phase Two: The Transformation

Phase Three: The Super-Consciousness State

This talk and accompanying seminar can be geared to recovery groups and/or healthcare professionals.
For more information call Dr. Meunier @ (401) 667-7399  To find out more go to the article on the home page of www.SantiMeunier.com

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What is Practical Spirituality?

Practical Spirituality teaches us how to develop and nurture a powerful partnership with the human and spiritual aspects of our nature.  By practicing the tools and the principals of Practical Spirituality we discover our unique role in the Divine Plan. Practical Spirituality is just that -practical. It is to be used to enhance and enrich our lives, not take us away from them. 

Practical Spirituality is a 3-part system of healing and empowering an individual by employing specific tools to:

  • Realign the Mind
  • Heal the Body
  • Contact the Spirit.
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The Seven Core Principals of Practical Spirituality are:
Trust, Discernment, Intention, Love, Honesty, Commitment and Discipline.
These serve as a foundation.

The rewards gained by practicing and living the Practical Spirituality Program will be realized by all serious students. We need to be totally committed, but only one day at a time.  No one among us will ever achieve perfection of these principals, but I believe that God know what is in our hearts.  If we aspire to perfection regardless of how much we may falter, we will have a joy and a peace that the world cannot destroy.

This talk and accompanying seminar can be geared to specific groups.
For more information call Dr. Meunier @ (401) 667-7399  To find out more go to the article on the home page of www.SantiMeunier.com

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Fearless Living

Fearless Living is for people who want to live out their dreams, not their fears. All of us are here living at this moment in time for a reason. For some of us the purpose of our lives is apparent. We know who we are, and what we want to do and we do it. The majority of us, however, feel lost to one degree or another. We look at those other people with envy and awe. How is it that they are so clear and focused? What can we do to find our way when the only path we see is riddled with fear and confusion?
The Fearless Living Program is a two part process:

  • Part One is designed to identify our relationship with fear and all the ways that if keeps us from realizing our highest good and happiness.
  • Part Two is the formation and integration of a new way of being in the world, and with yourself.  If we have been controlled by fear and have allowed it to make our world smaller and smaller, it has damaged our reputation with ourselves.  It doesn’t matter what anyone else may think of you if you do not think well of yourself.  Healing and empowering our relationship with ourselves is at the foundation of step two.

The Practical Spirituality Program is a prerequisite to the Fearless Living Program because we will have little success in overcoming our fears if we lack a sound foundation of emotional, physical and spiritual support. 
To become brand new takes time and perseverance. We didn’t develop these defeating patterns over night. The key is to begin.  No one can fill your place in the great scheme of things. Remember, the world needs you to succeed and bring to it your unique contribution.
This talk and accompanying seminar can be geared to specific groups.
For more information call Dr. Meunier @ (401) 667-7399  To find out more go to the article on the home page of www.SantiMeunier.com

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