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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

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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

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Fighting Heroin Addiction doesn’t have to be a losing battle….

After yet another funeral for a young person who died from a heroin overdose, I heard a group of men talking about heroin addiction and its evil impact on their community. I listened as their anger-laced comments flowed from, “We have to do something to stop this crap,” to, “What can we do? They don’t… Continue reading Fighting Heroin Addiction doesn’t have to be a losing battle….

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Practicing what I preach about creativity

Lately, I’ve become quite frustrated by what has been going on in Santa Fe.  Politicians here have a habit of placing the intangible at a higher priority that the tangible.  For example, a few years ago, our politicians passed a law whereby citizens have to purchase brown paper bags (or bring their own recyclable bags)… Continue reading Practicing what I preach about creativity

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If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey I can’t say I’m an Oprah Winfrey fan. However, I do think that the statement she makes about forgiveness is as psycho-emotionally accurate as anything I or any other treatment provider can say. There’s very few who could argue with… Continue reading If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

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Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…

Because I’ve lived a life “in between”: in-between cultures and in-between languages, I know what it’s like to be confused.  There were many times when I was too immature to understand that participating in two cultures was a source of strength, not a source of shame.  But, there was a time that I didn’t quite… Continue reading Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…

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Spirituality, not necessarily religion, should be part of Addiction Treatment

Reality does not progress as a series of discreet moments that are separated from the flow of time.  Rather, moments occur as part of a continuous process in which the infinite is connected with each individual person.  That is, no action or event occurs within the vacuum of individual experience.  All reality is connected and… Continue reading Spirituality, not necessarily religion, should be part of Addiction Treatment

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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…