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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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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

religion and spirituality

Those with no soul must go through a revolution of heart

He smelled really bad.  Like, worse than week-old urine – he smelled like he was dipped in the sewer and then rinsed off with rotten flesh juice.  I didn’t want to speak with him, but he was in detox and it was my job to counsel people in detox, which meant that I had no… Continue reading Those with no soul must go through a revolution of heart

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Beware of the strip-mall pastor who stunts spiritual development

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 Beware of the strip-mall pastor who stunts spiritual development

addiction recovery · religion and spirituality

The good is stronger than the suffering

There is a lot of suffering in the world and when I chose to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor, I made the choice to immerse myself knew-deep within that suffering.  Drug and Alcohol Addiction is synonymous with suffering; not only does the addict suffer, but his friends and family suffer as they watch… Continue reading The good is stronger than the suffering

religion and spirituality · substance abuse treatment

Why heroin really is the “devil’s drug”

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 Why heroin really is the “devil’s drug”

Addiction Education · religion and spirituality

Conversion Therapy practitioners are nothing but moralizing idiots

Without any doubt, any person or organization that supports conversion therapy is nothing but truly stupid.  I don’t know how to say it any other way: Conversion Therapy is complete and utter load of B.S. and should be banned in New Mexico, as it is based upon hate and a morality that is so misguided… Continue reading Conversion Therapy practitioners are nothing but moralizing idiots