addiciton · reflective journaling · substance abuse treatment

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

addiciton · Addiction Education · addiction treatment · substance abuse treatment

Unless we heal from the past as a community — Northern New Mexico will die a traumatized region

Time, to me, is an everflowing container of both subjective and objective past, present, and future states of reality. While we all have our challenges, healthy people appear to appreciate the past’s impact on their lives, live within the present as best they can, and plan and act for the future. That is, the past… Continue reading Unless we heal from the past as a community — Northern New Mexico will die a traumatized region

addiciton · Recovery · Writing

What does it take for the mind to overcome the fear of Recovery?

Recovery is a good thing – even though can suck sometimes, it really is better to face life’s B.S. through lucidity than through the haze of Addiction. But, recovery doesn’t appear to be that easy of a sell; most of the time, people seem to be more willing to remain shackled than they seem to… Continue reading What does it take for the mind to overcome the fear of Recovery?

addiciton · Recovery · Writing

Want recovery? These 2 concepts are critical…

In this post, I hope to provide two (2) concepts and then give a bit of context as to why these concepts are critical for recovery from an addiction.  The two concepts are: Psychological Empowerment Locus of Control Psychological Empowerment is the set of four cognitions: Meaning, competence, self-determination, and impact. These four cognitions cannot… Continue reading Want recovery? These 2 concepts are critical…

addiciton · Poetry · Recovery · Writing

The pen is WAY mightier than the bottle…

One of the first things I have a new client do is go out and get a pen and a notebook. Most of the time, they look at me like I’ve lost my damn mind. I can see their puzzled faces ask, “How in the world will a pen and notebook help me? I’m addicted,… Continue reading The pen is WAY mightier than the bottle…