Photography · religion and spirituality

Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

What I’ve never understood is that immutable laws of nature are seemingly lost on humanity.  Case in pint: In nature, everything has a purpose and everything about life is geared towards that purpose.  For example, a leaf insect is perfectly adapted to hide itself from predators and so that it can live its life among… Continue reading Everything has a purpose — even humanity (5 photos)

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves

When I walked in to teach my first “writing for empowerment” class at an inpatient addiction treatment facility, I quickly recognized that I was completely unprepared.  Although i had taught hundreds of writing classes to that point, I hadn’t seen the level of intensity that I faced within that particular room.  The 90 minute class… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment

Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…

Because I’ve lived a life “in between”: in-between cultures and in-between languages, I know what it’s like to be confused.  There were many times when I was too immature to understand that participating in two cultures was a source of strength, not a source of shame.  But, there was a time that I didn’t quite… Continue reading Confusion and despair don’t have to be all-powerful…

addiction · Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Spirituality, not necessarily religion, should be part of Addiction Treatment

Reality does not progress as a series of discreet moments that are separated from the flow of time.  Rather, moments occur as part of a continuous process in which the infinite is connected with each individual person.  That is, no action or event occurs within the vacuum of individual experience.  All reality is connected and… Continue reading Spirituality, not necessarily religion, should be part of Addiction Treatment

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · mental health · religion and spirituality · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

Most people make the mistake of assuming that addiction treatment is about eliminating substance use.  As a matter of fact, many clinicians who don’t have familiarity with substance abuse also believe that substance use must be contained before “real” therapy can begin.  But it is those perceptions that interfere the most with healing.  The goal,… Continue reading Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

addiction · addiction treatment · reflective journaling · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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?

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · creativity · psychology · religion and spirituality · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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

addiction treatment · religion and spirituality

There is no such thing as “me”

Disclaimer: While I spend quite a bit of time researching ways and means to both gain and maintain a healthy emotional landscape for myself, I am still learning and trying to figure out my own place in the world.  There have been times when I think I know where my own path is supposed to… Continue reading There is no such thing as “me”

addiction recovery · religion and spirituality

What does Recovery really take? Balance…

Rahesh Balsekar teaches, “it is only when there is firm rooting in…the belief in the reality of the volition of the individual that the notion of karma arises.”  What he means is that suffering emerges when a person is too entrenched in the physical world.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Addiction.  In a… Continue reading What does Recovery really take? Balance…

addiction recovery · religion and spirituality · substance abuse

Addiction results from a consciousness of scarcity

I wish I could say that I met him while I was deep in the woods.  I’d say that I was wandering along a trail and that I met up with him while he was washing what clothes he had in the river.  In my wishful thought, he enlightened me, as great teachers do, and… Continue reading Addiction results from a consciousness of scarcity