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Thomas G. Kimball, PhD

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD
Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Dr. Kimball has been part of the MAP team since 2012 and serves as Clinical Director, where he oversees and consults on the implementation of extended recovery modalities, techniques, and practices on individuals who undergo treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

He has received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on addiction and recovery in respected medical journals, a frequent contributor to leading addiction and recovery publications online, and co-authored the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery, by Hazelden Press.

In addition to consulting and presenting on recovery-related issues across the U.S. and internationally, he frequently writes articles pertaining to emerging addiction recovery data, recovery techniques and modalities, the science behind addiction, the addiction crisis, and long term treatment for the chronic disease of addiction.

Dr. Kimball has made the focus of his career studying collegiate and long term addiction recovery by focusing on factors that enhance long term recovery and improve the treatment industry at a local, national, and international level. Follow him @drtomkimball

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Addiction is a Chronic Brain Disease, Not a Character Flaw

We must apply clinical and payment models to the treatment of addiction that acknowledge that it is a chronic condition that requires treatment for months and sometimes years.
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It is Absolutely Possible to Recover from Self-Harm

Self-harm may be an individual’s powerful symbol of wanting to live, but not knowing how to cope with the stress, trauma, and strong emotions of life.
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Fighting Drug Addiction Is Not Easy But You Are Not Alone

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic.”
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Addiction and Relapse: Can There Be One Without the Other?

Science has confirmed that addiction is a chronic brain disease and relapse can and does happen. Relapse is not a character flaw—recovery can be achieved again.
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Halloween is Not the Only Thing That Can Haunt Us

Mental illness is common and, for many, it feels like they are fighting a monster-like power that wants to suck the life and light out of them. They need to know that help is available.
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Medications to Fight Addiction – Good or Bad?

Medication-Assisted Treatment is a hotly contested issue in the addiction recovery world, but it is important to know there are safe and effective drugs to treat withdrawal and use for long-term maintenance.
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The Problem of Online Gaming Addiction

There is growing evidence that certain types of behaviors, especially when accompanied by obsession and compulsion, mirror substance addiction in multiple ways.
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How to Survive Addiction in the Dog Days of Summer

For alcoholics, attending a summer party with alcohol could lead to a return to a full-blown relapse into an addictive lifestyle.