The Lamb in Wolf's Clothing

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religion and spirituality

Really, homosexuals and those with mental illnesses are worthy of love

While I do think that people are entitled to their opinions and while I respect everyone’s right to express those opinions, I don’t support ignorant beliefs that interfere with people’s health. When I hear people say things like, “Gay people… Continue Reading →

Let Divine Energy work for you!

I don’t get why people simply don’t understand that divine energy flows within them, through them, and with every other living entity on this planet.  This divine energy can manifest greatness, if we’d only learn to recognize and use it. … Continue Reading →

Santa Fe, confused though it may be, is home

The gods must have been twiddling their thumbs when they allowed me to emerge into a circumstance that should have killed me, as it has so many of my homeboys. At least those bored gods in the universe armed me… Continue Reading →

The meaning and myth of the Sunflower (and why it matters)

Sunflowers rock.   I think it’s awesome that when they’re “new” they stretch and re-position themselves to always face the sun; however, when they’re approaching their demise, they no longer do.  The myth behind the sunflower is that a nymph named… Continue Reading →

What does real recovery require?

Fighting substance abuse isn’t easy; many people have opinions towards substances and addicts, but few offer any real solutions.  One thing that I really don’t think helps is solely looking at substances.  While I do think that we have to… Continue Reading →

Calling Addiction a sin is stupid and dangerous

Among the common ideas I run into about Addiction, the one I wish I could change the most is that being addicted is a sin.  I consider it my life’s mission to fight oppression in all of its forms.  The… Continue Reading →

Maybe there’s even something to AA’s “higher power” after all…

It’s hard for me to argue with data and evidence.  If I think something, but can’t support it, then I don’t discuss it much.  At least I try not to; I admit that my unfounded opinions can make their escape… Continue Reading →

My prayer for addicts and their families on Holy Thursday

My heavenly Father, As you enter your passion, please allow me to share your walk, as I try to share the suffering of those who struggle with Addiction.   I don’t have the answers, but I am certain that with your… Continue Reading →

Why I make the pilgrimage to Santuario de Chimayo

Soon, I will begin my annual pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayo.  It’s an approximately 22 mile walk from Santa Fe and I’ve done it for several years, along with many people in Northern New Mexico.  It’s an act of… Continue Reading →

Religion versus Spirituality within the Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Treating adolescent substance use disorders (SUDs) can be challenging because of its multi-faceted nature. In an effort to address the complexity of adolescent SUDs treatment, Colistra, Campbell, and Brickner (2014) established seven (7) best practices: 1) Involve the adolescent’s family… Continue Reading →

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