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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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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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Are parents to blame for their kid’s addiction?

As both a parent and an Addiction Treatment provider, I totally understand how hard people blame their kids’ addiction on themselves.  When our kids go down unhealthy paths, it’s really easy to convince ourselves that it’s our fault and that we’ve failed as parents when our kids become addicted to drugs and alcohol.  But the… Continue reading Are parents to blame for their kid’s addiction?

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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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There is no such thing as “me”

Disclaimer: While I spend quite a bit of time researching ways and means to both gain and maintain a healthy emotional landscape for myself, I am still learning and trying to figure out my own place in the world.  There have been times when I think I know where my own path is supposed to… Continue reading There is no such thing as “me”

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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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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!

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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…

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The 3 types of addicts and what you need to know about each

In my years of working and living with addicts, I have learned, all too well, that there is no “one size fits all” way to deal with and “help” addicts. I’ve found that there are very different ways and means to recovery; also, I have found that there are many different types of addicts. While… Continue reading The 3 types of addicts and what you need to know about each

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Join Juan Blea at OpCit Bookstore 9/24!

I’m thrilled that FINALLY I’ll get to read and discuss 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction is Santa Fe!  It hasn’t been easy getting support from my hometown, but after knocking on doors, OpCit Bookstore will host me on September 24th, at 2PM.  Though I’ve done several readings in support of the 49 Tips,… Continue reading Join Juan Blea at OpCit Bookstore 9/24!