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Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

When I started this blog, my wholehearted intention was to provide educational material to anyone who wants or needs to better understand the way substance abuse and addiction work.  What’s more, since I am a continuing education provider, I figured I would be able to also provide self-study continuing education units (CEUs) to social workers,… Continue reading Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

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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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The Communion of Saints is the key to my creative flow

A key concept within the Catholic faith is the communion of saints.  This communion is between the living and the souls within purgatory and the saints within heaven.  For me, the communion of saints is what got me through adolescence. When I was twelve, my great-grandmother died.  I was absolutely devastated when she passed; there… Continue reading The Communion of Saints is the key to my creative flow

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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!

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Visit Booth 124 at Contemporary Spanish Market for the BEST in custom woodwork!

In my constant search for all that is good and strong and beautiful, I sometimes find things in unexpected places.    I don’t usually place any hope in the tourist traps that Santa Fe puts on; but this year, I found a booth that displays what I can only describe as functional art. Delilah’s Designs, booth… Continue reading Visit Booth 124 at Contemporary Spanish Market for the BEST in custom woodwork!

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There may be nothing healthier you could do

My son and I were arguing about which device could take a better picture; either my Nikon D3300 or his iPhone 6s.  The rules were simple: we’d find a subject, snap some pics, and then ask a couple of people which pic was best.  We settled upon this flower and snapped a few shots each.… Continue reading There may be nothing healthier you could do

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Midtown Bistro is a heavenly oasis in what has become a culinary desert

Because I am certain that creativity is the antidote for death’s destructive poison, when something stands out to me as particularly creative, I am compelled to share my experience about that something. It’s been a while since something has stood out to me; it seems that life has been covered by a lead-grey pall lately.… Continue reading Midtown Bistro is a heavenly oasis in what has become a culinary desert