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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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All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it.  Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could.  I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

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There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

The reality is that there is no such thing as an “addictive personality.”  This idea emerges a lot when someone seemingly “transfers” one addiction for another.  For example, I know a man who struggled with a 20-year addiction to alcohol, gave it up, but then became addicted to gambling.  Many pop psychologists would say that… Continue reading There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

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Recovery is solely the addict’s responsibility

When life becomes difficult, people have a tendency to look for something or someone to blame. When a family is faced with addiction, the need to blame becomes even more intense. It’s almost as though people feel comfort in projecting their anger about an addiction onto something or someone else. For example, I’ve often heard… Continue reading Recovery is solely the addict’s responsibility

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Flowers are great metaphors for a Recovery Consciousness

Flowers are stunning creatures.  They start out in this world as tiny and as nondescript as any other brown little dot.  Yet, with proper soil and nourishment, they grow and bloom with delicacy, strength, and beauty.  If. however, the soil in which the seed is planted is poisoned or choked, then the seed may yield… Continue reading Flowers are great metaphors for a Recovery Consciousness

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2 things about addicts that can make conscious creativity useful

I believe with all that I am that humanity seeks to be creative. But, I do want clarify a point that is often misunderstood. While creativity is a basic human need in my opinion, in order for it to be effective within a “healthy growth” program, it must be approached consciously. The idea behind “conscious… Continue reading 2 things about addicts that can make conscious creativity useful

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What does Recovery really take? Balance…

Rahesh Balsekar teaches, “it is only when there is firm rooting in…the belief in the reality of the volition of the individual that the notion of karma arises.”  What he means is that suffering emerges when a person is too entrenched in the physical world.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Addiction.  In a… Continue reading What does Recovery really take? Balance…

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Addiction results from a consciousness of scarcity

I wish I could say that I met him while I was deep in the woods.  I’d say that I was wandering along a trail and that I met up with him while he was washing what clothes he had in the river.  In my wishful thought, he enlightened me, as great teachers do, and… Continue reading Addiction results from a consciousness of scarcity

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The good is stronger than the suffering

There is a lot of suffering in the world and when I chose to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor, I made the choice to immerse myself knew-deep within that suffering.  Drug and Alcohol Addiction is synonymous with suffering; not only does the addict suffer, but his friends and family suffer as they watch… Continue reading The good is stronger than the suffering

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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!