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!!

substance abuse treatment · Writing

An addict’s social systems must de-stabilize in order to find Recovery

One of the many things I teach is something I call, Social System Homeostasis, and it is composed of: Stable Social Systems (SSS) = Occur when an individual’s mental constructs are in harmony with others’ perceived views of the individual.  A person is in a social system that is homeostatic when all his roles and… Continue reading An addict’s social systems must de-stabilize in order to find Recovery

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · drug and alcohol abuse · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

An award-winning book you NEED to read!

My book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, has just been awarded the 2016 NM-AZ Book Award for Self-Help book of the year!  While winning an award for my writing has been a dream since I was twelve, the fact that it won shows without a doubt that my book is a great weapon… Continue reading An award-winning book you NEED to read!

religion and spirituality · substance abuse treatment

Why heroin really is the “devil’s drug”

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 Why heroin really is the “devil’s drug”

Addiction Education · religion and spirituality

Conversion Therapy practitioners are nothing but moralizing idiots

Without any doubt, any person or organization that supports conversion therapy is nothing but truly stupid.  I don’t know how to say it any other way: Conversion Therapy is complete and utter load of B.S. and should be banned in New Mexico, as it is based upon hate and a morality that is so misguided… Continue reading Conversion Therapy practitioners are nothing but moralizing idiots

addiction treatment · religion and spirituality · addiction recovery

Altering consciousness appears to be a basic human need…

When I walked in, I was instantly overwhelmed: Why I’d been asked to do an “intervention” during a “welcome home” luncheon was beyond me.  Although I was apprehensive, I introduced myself, sat down next to the person who invited me, and ordered my lunch.  The “target” was a thirty-five (35) year old male who had… Continue reading Altering consciousness appears to be a basic human need…

Creative Writing · creativity · religion and spirituality

The Communion of Saints is the key to my creative flow

A key concept within the Catholic faith is the communion of saints.  This communion is between the living and the souls within purgatory and the saints within heaven.  For me, the communion of saints is what got me through adolescence. When I was twelve, my great-grandmother died.  I was absolutely devastated when she passed; there… Continue reading The Communion of Saints is the key to my creative flow

mental health · Writing

A Balanced Perspective may aid in Treating Depression

There are many different approaches to the creative process that access many different means of inspiration. These varied approaches often are seen as almost maniacal. For example, many artists have been seen as crazy, as was Vincent Van Gogh; or had substance abuse issues, such as Ernest Hemingway. To me, the reason that their processes… Continue reading A Balanced Perspective may aid in Treating Depression

Addiction Education · drug and alcohol abuse · heroin addiction · mental health · substance abuse treatment

We need to integrate natural realities with supernatural realities to be fully human

For years, I’ve seen the dark side of humanity lead good people into intense suffering. I’ve seen fathers belittle their sons for wanting a life without heroin. I’ve witnessed young men die alone because their drug use isolated them into unrecognizable versions of themselves that no one loved anymore. I’ve heard stories of women being… Continue reading We need to integrate natural realities with supernatural realities to be fully human

reflective journaling · Writing

Reflective Journaling is the first step in overcoming ADHD

There was a time in my life in which I wished there was a roadmap to success that someone would give me and all I’d have to do is follow its course and success would emerge. But, there was no such roadmap and no one who held that knowledge. At least, there wasn’t anything or… Continue reading Reflective Journaling is the first step in overcoming ADHD

Leadership · mental health · psychology

2 types of problems and how each works

I was talking with a colleague the other day about a proposal we were working on. There were challenges with what we were suggesting and I, as usual, was nitpicking about the details and issues our direction may cause. He shook his head and said, “Look, these are problems of opportunity. We are in a… Continue reading 2 types of problems and how each works