Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · Recovery · reflective journaling · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

Calling all recovering addicts: What woke you up?

The other day over breakfast, a colleague of mine was complaining about his boss and in speaking of his potatohead boss, he said, “The man who sleeps can be awakened, but the man who pretends to be asleep can never be awakened” and in hearing him, I immediately thought his statement pertinent to addiction treatment.… Continue reading Calling all recovering addicts: What woke you up?

addiction · Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · alcoholism · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

The only 3 options i see available when it comes to making changes (especially when dealing with an addict)

Over the course of many years, I’ve reduced the options available to anyone when it comes to making changes to three (3) 1) Stay in a situation; 2) leave the situation; or, 3) Pretend to make a change, all while staying in a situation.  Now, staying in a situation may be the best option, if… Continue reading The only 3 options i see available when it comes to making changes (especially when dealing with an addict)

Addiction Education · addiction treatment · substance abuse treatment

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If you read jblea1016.com, you will learn about creativity and leadership and how they relate with treating addiction! #leadership #creativity #addiction #recovery #addictiontreatment

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Five challenges and options for early recovery

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
Early recovery is a delicate time; someone in early recovery must go through several biological, social, and psycho-emotional changes that can be difficult to handle.  Below, I’ve listed five (5) common challenges and some options for dealing with them*: Friends and associates who use: You want to continue associations…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · Recovery · substance abuse treatment

Addiction Treatment providers should do more to prepare clients for Recovery

Recently, I had a discussion with someone about treatment and whether 12-step programs are effective.  He allowed me to quote him directly:  “I think 12-step works best for most, but is not universal. I do not think it is especially helpful for courts and professionals to send addicts/alcoholics to meetings without preparation, it yields more… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers should do more to prepare clients for Recovery

Photography · religion and spirituality

Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

What I’ve never understood is that immutable laws of nature are seemingly lost on humanity.  Case in pint: In nature, everything has a purpose and everything about life is geared towards that purpose.  For example, a leaf insect is perfectly adapted to hide itself from predators and so that it can live its life among… Continue reading Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

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Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

Good lighting and pretty colors will almost always draw my camera out into the open.  When I drove by these blossoms, I had to shoot them — their shapes and colors presented an opportunity too good to pass up…. I went out, set my D3300 to “A” and….sneezed!  Again, and again, I sneezed with an… Continue reading Springtime photography comes at a price…(3 photos)

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Why is Deception so much a part of Addiction?

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
One of the more common catch-phrases within the addiction treatment community that I’ve head (and probably used) is, “Deception is the disease.”  The reason it’s so widely used that it’s now almost cliché is that it’s an absolute true statement.  What may be missed is why deception plays such…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves

When I walked in to teach my first “writing for empowerment” class at an inpatient addiction treatment facility, I quickly recognized that I was completely unprepared.  Although i had taught hundreds of writing classes to that point, I hadn’t seen the level of intensity that I faced within that particular room.  The 90 minute class… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves