After yet another funeral for a young person who died from a heroin overdose, I heard a group of men talking about heroin addiction and its evil impact on their community. I listened as their anger-laced comments flowed from, “We have to do something to stop this crap,” to, “What can we do? They don’t… Continue reading Fighting Heroin Addiction doesn’t have to be a losing battle….
For years, I’ve seen the dark side of humanity lead good people into intense suffering. I’ve seen fathers belittle their sons for wanting a life without heroin. I’ve witnessed young men die alone because their drug use isolated them into unrecognizable versions of themselves that no one loved anymore. I’ve heard stories of women being… Continue reading We need to integrate natural realities with supernatural realities to be fully human
I heard myself explaining that my book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, is a great resource if people would only out the work into that it demands. Then it occurred to me: Really, people want change, they just don’t want to do the work to make the change happen. I’ve worked several cases… Continue reading If you don’t work it, it won’t work!
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…
One of the more difficult things for me to explain is what I mean by having compassion for an addict. At first glance, it may sound like I mean that if you love an addict, you should le him or her do or say anything and let it slide because of their addiction. But, that’s… Continue reading What is compassion for an Addict?
I don’t usually wake up on Saturday morning pissed off about an idea. But, this particular Saturday, I find myself angry and I haven’t even taken off my pajamas. I can’t for the life of me get through to people and the frustration is overwhelming me. Within the span of an hour, I’ve stumbled upon… Continue reading Quit blaming Mexicans for the problems WE create!
Hello — this morning, Emily Stern,the Director of Santa Fe Community College’s Diversity and Integrative Center, and I were on the Richard Eeds show which is broadcast out of Santa Fe, NM. We discussed the symposium we are having at the Santa Fe Community College on Tuesday, April 5th. AS part of that discussion, I shared my views… Continue reading Historial Trauma, Addiction, and student success podcast PLEASE SHARE
A while back, I got a call from a mentor with a GED program about a client of hers who needed help. The client was a seventeen (17) – year-old girl who’s addicted to Oxycodone. Anytime I get these types of calls, I can’t help but need a deep breath; opiates are a common enemy… Continue reading 3 things an opiate addict that might help her to kick
Here’s the thing: There’s a mythology being propagated that suggests there’s a natural progression from pharmaceutical opioid addiction to heroin addiction. This mythology suggests that it’s Big Pharma’s fault that heroin addiction is “an epidemic.” But, and I say this with certainty, heroin addiction is a category all on its own and not even all… Continue reading Really, the “heroin epidemic” is NOT Big Pharma’s fault. It’s all of ours.
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