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Culture connects us all…

Roasting green chile for those of us in Northern New Mexico is as much of a fall ritual as prepping for the holidays.  The other night, I felt like roasting some, and even though it wasn’t Hatch chile, I felt like I was part of something far bigger than myself…. That’s the power of simple… Continue reading Culture connects us all…

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Real Recovery starts from within!!

  {Video above is a reading from Tip #10 From 49 Tips and insights for Understanding Addiction} One of the more angering ideas that people have in regards to drug and alcohol abuse treatment is that it’s something external to an addict and the goal for dealing with addicts is to get them to go… Continue reading Real Recovery starts from within!!

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Books sell when authors put forth effort…

Setting out to write, and write to eat, is nothing more than insanity.  Sitting down at a favorite writing table and letting words flow through the divine light of magical inspiration is a romantic and, well, very cool thing to do.  Yet, getting from the writing table to the bank is a process filled with… Continue reading Books sell when authors put forth effort…

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Recovery is like playing the guitar

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
My rationale in putting this video together is to remind everyone that recovery takes focused and daily effort.  Addiction does not have to be fatal and the more that people start to understand that, the more that we can all heal from Addiction’s destruction.  I play the guitar to…

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Why giving ultimatums don’t work with addicts.

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been wrestling with meaningless deadlines.  Again, if there is an actual dependency associated with a deadline, or if the consequences of missing a deadline are enforced, then I think deadlines are quite useful and necessary.  However, if the deadline doesn’t have any reality…

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Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

When I started this blog, my wholehearted intention was to provide educational material to anyone who wants or needs to better understand the way substance abuse and addiction work.  What’s more, since I am a continuing education provider, I figured I would be able to also provide self-study continuing education units (CEUs) to social workers,… Continue reading Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

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All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it.  Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could.  I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

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3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction

Before I leave the Earth, I anticipate saying that fear is the shackle that locks an addiction into place about a million more times. In a conversation I had last night, someone analogized someone addicted to heroin to someone addicted to alcohol. “An addict is an addict,” he said. To me. Of all people. But,… Continue reading 3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction