The Lamb in Wolf's Clothing

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Recovery

You can’t drink the dead back to life

The other day, I ran into an old friend who has now been sober for quite a while.  He’s enthusiastic about his recovery and tries to help others get into twelve-step programs.  He said that he was talking to a… Continue Reading →

No one’s coming to save you; you’ve already been saved

The sad reality is that, when it comes to behavioral change, no one can save anyone else.  There isn’t a big genie riding a cumulus who’s going to wave their magic wand and make life better for anyone.  Yet, 12-step… Continue Reading →

Humanity is connected by an invisible web

I’ve spent hours watching spiders spin webs, wait, and then blast anything that lands in those webs with a shot of venom.  Maybe I need some hobbies, but spider watching is among the most beautiful sights in nature to me. … Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to an Addict’s Enabler

Dear Enabler, Look, I know your intentions are good.  I KNOW that you think all of your “helping” is leading someone back to you from the abyss in which they swim. I get that your rescuing comes from the absolute… Continue Reading →

2 things to know about addicts

Talking with someone struggling with an addiction can be frustrating. Not for the reasons that you might think, but because they’re so mired in self-hate that almost every thought he or she utters is a projection of that self-hate. So,… Continue Reading →

Ready to change? How to know for sure….

There is an Aesop’s fable that is so resonant and relevant to recovery that I am compelled to share it and describe its significance. Now, people are always wondering how they know their loved one is ready change. I’ve said… Continue Reading →

Try to see addicts as sick and not evil

I challenge everyone: The next time you hear about someone suffering (or dying) due to Addiction or to Depression, try to see them as someone stricken with a terminal illness, not as someone who is weak or a failure, or… Continue Reading →

NO magic bullets to fight addiction

I’m going to be on a Santa Fe radio station on Tuesday the 5th.  The host will ask me a bunch of questions regarding my book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, and I will provide him with answers. … Continue Reading →

What does real recovery require?

Fighting substance abuse isn’t easy; many people have opinions towards substances and addicts, but few offer any real solutions.  One thing that I really don’t think helps is solely looking at substances.  While I do think that we have to… Continue Reading →

Midwest Book Review calls Addiction book "essential reading"

As a writer, it’s always scary for me to put my work out into the world.  If there’s negative feedback, or worse, NO feedback, it’s as if the word “irrelevant” is stamped onto my forehead.  However, when a great review… Continue Reading →

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