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3 Indicators of Recovery Readiness

People often wonder when the addicts in their life “really mean it” when they say they’re ready to change. All too often, addicts have a tendency to pull the proverbial rug out from under their loved ones through promises to change that are seldom kept. I do believe, however, that all people are capable of… Continue reading 3 Indicators of Recovery Readiness

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The link between heroin addiction and demonic possession is…

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 The link between heroin addiction and demonic possession is…

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Defining small objectives WILL build Recovery

Any program or plan of action requires defining objectives. But, it’s really important to understand the capability of a person or a group to meet those objectives. That’s the key, really, to any program: Defining objectives that can be met and the measures by which others can know those objectives are met. Regardless of the… Continue reading Defining small objectives WILL build Recovery

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Why I wrote a book about Addiction Treatment

I’ve often heard myself repeating the same messages about Recovery again and again. That’s probably due to the fact that whenever I meet with a family or a new client, I take the same approach. First, I educate about the mechanics of Addiction and discuss its “grey” nature; that is, Addiction is not an “either/or”… Continue reading Why I wrote a book about Addiction Treatment

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NO magic bullets to fight addiction

I’m going to be on a Santa Fe radio station on Tuesday the 5th.  The host will ask me a bunch of questions regarding my book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, and I will provide him with answers.  The main question, if I’m predicting correctly, will be: Why should people bother with your… Continue reading NO magic bullets to fight addiction

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Addiction robs authentic relationships

With a cool breeze in my face and the wind carrying the church bell’s song, I let feelings rise inside of me.  Doubt crept into my mind: What if I’m just not good enough to “make it” as a writer? Fear rose like a sea monster from the depths: What if I can’t get enough… Continue reading Addiction robs authentic relationships

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The heck with a certain Santa Fe bookstore

Yesterday, a Santa Fe bookstore owner slapped me in the face.  Well, not literally, as she is an older lady and if she had actually slapped me, I doubt that I would have felt it much.  Really though, I would have preferred that she would have slapped me, as what she did do way pissed… Continue reading The heck with a certain Santa Fe bookstore

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Reflective writing: A tool to fight Addiction

I believe in the idea that reflective journaling can literally heal a person. Especially when it comes to building leaders: Reflective writing is a powerful tool that allows a person to best learn how to lead his or her life. The challenge is that, in my experience, people tend to NOT want to write. Not… Continue reading Reflective writing: A tool to fight Addiction

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Want a tool that you can use to improve your life?

I’ve written and published 4 books, but I can’t say that I’ve done a good job of promoting them.  Part of the reason why I haven’t been out there pounding on doors about my other books is that it’s hard to convince people to buy something that they may not need.  However, over the last… Continue reading Want a tool that you can use to improve your life?

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Stop looking at substance abuse through the lens of substances

More and more research is indicating that “recovery capital” is a predictor of someone completing a treatment program, whether inpatient or outpatient.  Recovery capital is a set of resources a person possesses that can be accessed to reinforce someone’s path towards health.  Of course, a person’s substance use severity level must also be accounted for,… Continue reading Stop looking at substance abuse through the lens of substances