Addiction Education · addiction recovery · drug and alcohol abuse · mental health · psychology · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

The reality is that there is no such thing as an “addictive personality.”  This idea emerges a lot when someone seemingly “transfers” one addiction for another.  For example, I know a man who struggled with a 20-year addiction to alcohol, gave it up, but then became addicted to gambling.  Many pop psychologists would say that… Continue reading There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

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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

Leadership · mental health · psychology

2 types of problems and how each works

I was talking with a colleague the other day about a proposal we were working on. There were challenges with what we were suggesting and I, as usual, was nitpicking about the details and issues our direction may cause. He shook his head and said, “Look, these are problems of opportunity. We are in a… Continue reading 2 types of problems and how each works

blogging · project management · psychology · reflective journaling

Why deadlines are usually stupid

Missing deadlines suck. However, I’ve never actually turned into a pumpkin when I’ve missed a deadline of any kind. Sure, I might get yelled at or feel badly about letting someone down. But usually, nothing worse ever happens. I say, “usually” because there are times when deadlines really do mean something — there’s a reason… Continue reading Why deadlines are usually stupid

addiction recovery · addiction treatment · blogging · drug and alcohol abuse · Positive energy · psychology · Recovery · reflective journaling · substance abuse treatment

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

psychology · Recovery · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Midwest Book Review calls Addiction book “essential reading”

As a writer, it’s always scary for me to put my work out into the world.  If there’s negative feedback, or worse, NO feedback, it’s as if the word “irrelevant” is stamped onto my forehead.  However, when a great review comes along, I really do feel affirmed that my work has meaning and that it… Continue reading Midwest Book Review calls Addiction book “essential reading”

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · mental health · psychology · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

We can ALL do our part in destroying the Addiction Identity

In my opinion, we are at a point where how we treat Addiction MUST change.  We can no longer pursue means of treating Addiction that reinforce the Addiction identity.  What is the Addiction Identity? To me, it’s any personality trait and/or behavior that continues to allow a person to relate with himself or herself as… Continue reading We can ALL do our part in destroying the Addiction Identity

addiction · Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · Leadership · Positive energy · Power · psychology · Recovery

Define success or wander in the dark

It never ceases to amaze me that people wonder why they don’t succeed at things when they’ve never really defined what it means to succeed. For example, I was once hired to build a software application that accurately predicted a woman’s risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Before I ever began, I worked with the clinical… Continue reading Define success or wander in the dark

addiction recovery · addiction treatment · Creative Writing · drug and alcohol abuse · Education · mental health · Positive energy · Power · psychology · reflective journaling · religion and spirituality

Life’s suckiness is really a matter of perspective

I took the picture featured in this post not because I have an affinity for either Coke or Five Guys, but because I liked the way the light and shadows danced on the cup. The way the cup caught the light and shadows reminded me about how my own life catches both light and darkness… Continue reading Life’s suckiness is really a matter of perspective

psychology · religion and spirituality

Understanding the Spectrum of Human Functioning & the Collective Capacity can save people from despair

There are no easy answers: Two people can experience the same traumatic event and one becomes entangled and enmeshed within despair while the other chooses life and becomes whole. The questions as to how and why one dies and one lives have puzzled the best minds in the treatment domain since the dawn of time,… Continue reading Understanding the Spectrum of Human Functioning & the Collective Capacity can save people from despair