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Culture connects us all…

Roasting green chile for those of us in Northern New Mexico is as much of a fall ritual as prepping for the holidays.  The other night, I felt like roasting some, and even though it wasn’t Hatch chile, I felt like I was part of something far bigger than myself…. That’s the power of simple… Continue reading Culture connects us all…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · reflective journaling · substance abuse treatment

Real Recovery starts from within!!

  {Video above is a reading from Tip #10 From 49 Tips and insights for Understanding Addiction} One of the more angering ideas that people have in regards to drug and alcohol abuse treatment is that it’s something external to an addict and the goal for dealing with addicts is to get them to go… Continue reading Real Recovery starts from within!!

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Books sell when authors put forth effort…

Setting out to write, and write to eat, is nothing more than insanity.  Sitting down at a favorite writing table and letting words flow through the divine light of magical inspiration is a romantic and, well, very cool thing to do.  Yet, getting from the writing table to the bank is a process filled with… Continue reading Books sell when authors put forth effort…

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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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3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction

Before I leave the Earth, I anticipate saying that fear is the shackle that locks an addiction into place about a million more times. In a conversation I had last night, someone analogized someone addicted to heroin to someone addicted to alcohol. “An addict is an addict,” he said. To me. Of all people. But,… Continue reading 3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction

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Are parents to blame for their kid’s addiction?

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?

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3 Insights that can make a program successful

I’m pretty sure the universe is telling me something.  Actually, for years, it’s been saying the same thing over and over again: Set the mind in order to be successful.  But, how does someone “set their mind?”  it’s a basic question, and the truth is, there’s no one right answer that works for everyone.  But… Continue reading 3 Insights that can make a program successful

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Give the gift of Recovery this Christmas

After garnishing strong reviews and an award, I am certain of the efficacy of 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction.  This book can provide the path towards health for anyone who struggles with Addiction.  The truth of any program is that NO ONE can own someone else’s health.  We are all responsible for becoming… Continue reading Give the gift of Recovery this Christmas

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Reflective Journaling is the first step in overcoming ADHD

There was a time in my life in which I wished there was a roadmap to success that someone would give me and all I’d have to do is follow its course and success would emerge. But, there was no such roadmap and no one who held that knowledge. At least, there wasn’t anything or… Continue reading Reflective Journaling is the first step in overcoming ADHD

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Lack of preparing for a Duathlon is a mistake I won’t repeat

I competed in the Atomic Man Duathlon held a few days ago. While the event itself was fantastic, I didn’t come away feeling my best. As a matter of fact, I’m only now able to face my performance and reflect on the race. The day started with a bit of uncertainty; although I had tried… Continue reading Lack of preparing for a Duathlon is a mistake I won’t repeat