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Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

It’s all too easy to point to a substance and say, “that’s evil” or “that’s the problem with things in my life.”  I’ve written about heroin and its relationship with actual evil, but although I do think the conditions associated with heroin use coupled with heroin’s physical affect can lead to evil, I don’t think… Continue reading Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

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An open letter to Santa Fe’s City Council: the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax will only make the poor even poorer!

I am writing with extreme concern about the proposed “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Ordinance” and I’ll get right to the point: The ordinance speaks, at great length, about the health risks associated with consuming sugar but keeps a painful fact hidden within the Pre-K window dressing: Poverty is the main factor in an unhealthy diet and… Continue reading An open letter to Santa Fe’s City Council: the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax will only make the poor even poorer!

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Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

Most people make the mistake of assuming that addiction treatment is about eliminating substance use.  As a matter of fact, many clinicians who don’t have familiarity with substance abuse also believe that substance use must be contained before “real” therapy can begin.  But it is those perceptions that interfere the most with healing.  The goal,… Continue reading Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

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The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

I spend quite a lot of time absorbing darkness; it’s not easy hearing the circumstances from which people turn to substances to cope.  Because I am a writer, first and foremost, I scribble as much of the darkness as I can.  But there are times when a pen isn’t enough: I need to dive without… Continue reading The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

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There’s nothing you can do to force a change in someone else

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
When people ask me questions about the addict in their life, the only thing I hear is, “How can I make my Addict behave in ways I can understand?”  And the response to that question is: Seek to understand your own life. You read that right — if you…

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I offer the Stages of Addiction Recovery to guide the way towards health…

As far as I know, I am the first to develop and publish a “stages of addiction recovery.”  I’ll let my readers review the image contained in this article on their own, but I do want to explain why I put them together.  All too often, people assume that “recovery” is the process through which… Continue reading I offer the Stages of Addiction Recovery to guide the way towards health…

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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…