Welcome to Howard P. Goodman, MA LMFT

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I help people work through the places they feel stuck in their lives to achieve their own definition of success.  Therapy can take a variety of forms.   In some cases, the work can be short-term, solution-based in nature.  Other issues tend to resolve over time.  Everyone has a unique set of skills and circumstances.  The constant is that we work at your pace and focus on results.  I conceptualize my work as a three-part process: Naming, Claiming, and Reframing.

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Addiction Treatment          

I specialize in addiction treatment. I have worked with hundreds of individual clients and conducted thousands of hours of groups to help individuals maintain long-term sobriety, health, and wellness.  In addition to my clinical experience, I am also in recovery (sobriety date 10/3/2006)  I understand what it takes to get sober and stay sober.   In my new book, The Staying Sober Handbook I teach you the 24 most effective recovery skills, techniques, practices, activities, and behaviors as well as how to organize them into a balanced daily/weekly schedule.  My unique, Spectrum of Sobriety Checklist enables you track your progress and stay on track.

The Staying Sober Handbook – excerpt

“You Can Stay Sober! It is as simple as taking your daily medicine. Millions of people use the following approach to manage their recovery on a daily basis. You can too. Staying Sober will teach you, step by step, how to create a new, drug-free way of being in the world.  You will develop your own goals and objectives. You will set your own pace and learn how to create a new way of life beyond your wildest imaginings.

The only question is: Are you ready? Are you ready to free yourself from the fatal grip of addiction? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? And are you finally ready to end the downward spiral of crisis, negative consequences, and chaos? Do you want to create a sober lifestyle filled with happiness, meaning, purpose, and your own version of success?”

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Recovery Today Magazine Article


Staying Sober: A New Psycho-educational Approach to Long-term Sobriety.

Staying Sober Book Launch 

A book signing party was held at the SOBA Clubhouse in Malibu, CA to celebrate the launch of Howard’s new book, The Staying Sober Handbook, now an Amazon #1 Best Seller on March 10, 2016.  Check out this video clip of the event!

New Book Review

recoveryelevatornew3smallerThe Staying Sober Handbook was recently reviewed by Paul Churchill on his popular podcast,  The Recovery Elevator.   “In this episode I review The Staying Sober Handbook, by Howard P Goodman and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is in recovery or as an informational piece if you want to know more about the disease in general.    Listen to the podcast: Recovery Elevator Episode 61

This Week’s Post:

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Starting the day with an Attitude of Gratitude is a simple recovery tool of enormous power. A growing body of evidence from Positive Psychology researchers confirms that making a daily list of things for which you feel grateful can significantly improve your attitude, performance, and emotional resilience.  These findings are the basis for a number of evidence-based techniques currently used in addiction treatment to improve mood, promote feelings of well-being, and build emotional resilience.

We take so much for granted

It is easy for people in United States to lose sight of just how good we have it, particularly when compared to other countries in the world. The U.N. consistently reports that the average American enjoys a higher quality of life, as measured by life expectancy, global health, & standard of living than 95% of the world’s population.  Here are just some of the things many of us take for granted:

  • Safe permanent housing
  • Clean water to drink
  • Fresh, healthy foods
  • Clothes to wear
  • Safety from physical harm
  • Safety from political persecution
  • Access to the best health care in the world
  • Freedoms – assemble, free speech, religious practice, etc.
  • Economic opportunity
  • World class technology

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