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?
I simply cannot believe that there are still stupid and ignorant people who associate Addiction with “Sin.” Addiction is a progressive and measurable disease that can, in fact, be treated. Sin, however, is not a behavior, but a spiritual state in which a person is separated from God. To make it simple: Addiction is a… Continue reading Hey Stupid — Addiction is a DISEASE NOT a SIN
Among the common ideas I run into about Addiction, the one I wish I could change the most is that being addicted is a sin. I consider it my life’s mission to fight oppression in all of its forms. The worst form of oppression, and the most insidiously dangerous in my opinion, is religious oppression. … Continue reading Calling Addiction a sin is stupid and dangerous
As a drug and alcohol counselor, I’ve seen more than my fair share of addiction-related suffering. While I’ve been very lucky to have been a part of people’s recovery process, more often than not, I’ve seen people who just LOVE their substance too much to give it up. It comes down to a simple concept:… Continue reading sometimes, i just want to punch addicts in the face
I’ve given the first of two (2) presentations in support of the Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity’s “Don’t Call me Crazy or Lazy” and i have to say, it went quite well. Tonight at 6PM, at the Higher Education Center, I’ll be giving the second. I do hope that people attend, as both… Continue reading Don’t call me crazy or lazy! PLEASE SHARE
A study published at the end of 2015 (please see this article summary) showed that opiate addicts benefited more from extended release naltrexone treatment than they previously had with Suboxone. It appears that naltrexone with psychosocial therapy significantly reduced the urge to use opiates when compared with Suboxone treatment. This and other studies (simply google:… Continue reading We NEED to consider extended-release Naltrexone for treatment opioid dependence
It was a typically cold late-December afternoon, which meant the heaters inside the facility were on full blast. So much so that I shed my top layer and walked into the session wearing a simple T-shirt. I didn’t know the client with whom I was meeting; since I did crisis counseling, I often was called… Continue reading There IS a link between heroin addiction and demonic possession
Recovery must develop through conscious processes. It’s not a matter of using or not using a substance. I’ll repeat: Recovery must develop through conscious processes. Most people vilify substances without realizing that someone who is addicted and doesn’t approach recovery through his or her OWN choice will not ever even begin the processes needed to… Continue reading Recovery must develop through conscious processes — here’s why
Researchers have shown, time and time again, that stigmatization is strongly associated with Addiction and Addiction Treatment. However, there are times when it is appropriate to “let go” of an addict. Now, someone may tell me, “But, aren’t you the ‘compassion for an addict’ guy?” And to that person, I say, “Yup, but when an… Continue reading Sometimes there needs to be distance placed between yourself and an addict
There is little question that there are many times that someone who’s addicted to a substance will behave in very angering ways. Though I advocate compassion, I understand the anger and fear that comes with being involved with a person whose every action appears to be focused upon his or her substance of choice. I… Continue reading How ’bout we try loving addicts?