CEU · substance abuse

Online Intro to Addiction and Recovery course is NOW AVAILABLE for 6 CEUs!!

I’m taking a page out of the opensource community and am now offering Introduction to Addiction and Recovery fully online!  Simply click on this link, register for the site, confirm your registration, and then enroll yourself in the course!  There is NO COST and upon successful passing of the “Final Quiz,” I will issue you… Continue reading Online Intro to Addiction and Recovery course is NOW AVAILABLE for 6 CEUs!!

addiction treatment · drug and alcohol abuse · Recovery · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

3 Indicators of Recovery Readiness

People often wonder when the addicts in their life “really mean it” when they say they’re ready to change. All too often, addicts have a tendency to pull the proverbial rug out from under their loved ones through promises to change that are seldom kept. I do believe, however, that all people are capable of… Continue reading 3 Indicators of Recovery Readiness

Creative Writing · Writing

A book reading that became a peak experience

As empty seats filled, I felt the energy rise. A jacket draped across a set of chairs filled me with a sense that this event would be well attended. I walked outside to begin my pre-gig ritual. I placed the earbuds into my ears, cranked up “Right Now” by Van Halen, and thanked God for… Continue reading A book reading that became a peak experience

religion and spirituality · Running · Uncategorized

Hiking the Winsor Trail is a lesson in mindfulness

When I tasted the moist cedar in the air, I forgot about any pending deadlines or any mundane tasks that awaited me in the city.  We didn’t have a plan, the map we brought didn’t contain any markings that indicated we were on the Winsor Trail, yet when the trail marker said to take a… Continue reading Hiking the Winsor Trail is a lesson in mindfulness

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Substance abuse treatment is a discipline that should be recognized as professional.

While it’s almost common knowledge that there is a stigma associate with substance abuse and addiction, it had never occurred to me that this stigma could impact the substance abuse treatment field. However, an insightful response to the Substance Abuse & Addiction Perception Survey illuminated my thinking: “Given the stigma attached to substance abuse, and… Continue reading Substance abuse treatment is a discipline that should be recognized as professional.

Poetry

The Innocent friend in all of us

Innocent friend – Storm clouds hover But you don’t run Rather You bless the rain And kiss the sky What do you know That I don’t know? Innocent friend – When others cry You smile and pray Hopeful Though death may come New life begins Yours is a faith That I don’t share Innocent friend… Continue reading The Innocent friend in all of us

addiction recovery · addiction treatment · heroin addiction · religion and spirituality · Uncategorized

The link between heroin addiction and demonic possession is…

Upon a review of session notes with those addicted to heroin, two (2) phrases continually appear: 1) Heroin is often referred to as the “Devil’s Drug” and using heroin is often referred to as, “Chasing the Dragon.” To me, these recurring phrases indicate that there appears to be an instinctive understanding about the relationship between… Continue reading The link between heroin addiction and demonic possession is…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · substance abuse treatment

Juan Blea to discuss how Recovery from Addiction is possible.

Tomorrow, August 14th, I will be at Bookworks in Albuquerque.  I will be primarily discussing the means through which Recovery is possible….and….reading from 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction…Hope to see you there!

religion and spirituality · Running · Uncategorized

My encounter with angels while running the Chamisa Trail

“Did you see the angels?” My wife asked when I was back in cell phone range. “Excuse me?” I wasn’t sure I heard her correctly.  I’ve run on trails before, but she’s never mentioned any angels. “Did you see the angels I sent to guide you?” She said. The thing was that, while I didn’t… Continue reading My encounter with angels while running the Chamisa Trail