The Lamb in Wolf's Clothing

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substance abuse

Is being a writer worse than being an alcoholic?

There wasn’t a lot left – a couple of drops, really. But it called to me and awakened something inside of me. Not really lust, not really gluttony, but more of a memory than anything else. It was a drop… Continue Reading →

Online Intro to Addiction and Recovery course is NOW AVAILABLE for 6 CEUs!!

I’m taking a page out of the opensource community and am now offering Introduction to Addiction and Recovery fully online!  Simply click on this link, register for the site, confirm your registration, and then enroll yourself in the course!  There… Continue Reading →

Changing our own actions CAN LEAD to change in an addict

We can’t fix anyone else — this is true.  However, we can allow change in others to emerge IF we take the necessary steps to: first, understand our own behavior; and second,hange our own behaviors.  Especially if we want an… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

An open letter to an addict's enabler

Dear Enabler, Look, I know your intentions are good.  I KNOW that you think all of your “helping” is leading someone back to you from the abyss in which they swim. I get that your rescuing comes from the absolute… Continue Reading →

Quit blaming Mexicans for the problems WE create!

I don’t usually wake up on Saturday morning pissed off about an idea.  But, this particular Saturday, I find myself angry and I haven’t even taken off my pajamas.  I can’t for the life of me get through to people… Continue Reading →

Historial Trauma, Addiction, and student success podcast PLEASE SHARE

Hello — this morning, Emily Stern,the Director of Santa Fe Community College’s Diversity and Integrative Center, and I were on the Richard Eeds show which is broadcast out of Santa Fe, NM. We discussed the symposium we are having at the Santa Fe… Continue Reading →

Really, the "heroin epidemic" is NOT Big Pharma's fault. It's all of ours.

Here’s the thing: There’s a mythology being propagated that suggests there’s a natural progression from pharmaceutical opioid addiction to heroin addiction. This mythology suggests that it’s Big Pharma’s fault that heroin addiction is “an epidemic.” But, and I say this… Continue Reading →

As long as payoff is high and harm is low, an addict WON'T seek recovery

There is a simple truth when dealing with Addiction: As long as the payoff for using is of high value AND as long as the negative outcomes are either insignificant or meaningless, there is absolutely no reason for an addict… Continue Reading →

Recovery must develop through conscious processes — here's why

Recovery must develop through conscious processes. It’s not a matter of using or not using a substance. I’ll repeat: Recovery must develop through conscious processes. Most people vilify substances without realizing that someone who is addicted and doesn’t approach recovery… Continue Reading →

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