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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

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If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey I can’t say I’m an Oprah Winfrey fan. However, I do think that the statement she makes about forgiveness is as psycho-emotionally accurate as anything I or any other treatment provider can say. There’s very few who could argue with… Continue reading If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

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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…

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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

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I offer the Stages of Addiction Recovery to guide the way towards health…

As far as I know, I am the first to develop and publish a “stages of addiction recovery.”  I’ll let my readers review the image contained in this article on their own, but I do want to explain why I put them together.  All too often, people assume that “recovery” is the process through which… Continue reading I offer the Stages of Addiction Recovery to guide the way towards health…

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There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

The reality is that there is no such thing as an “addictive personality.”  This idea emerges a lot when someone seemingly “transfers” one addiction for another.  For example, I know a man who struggled with a 20-year addiction to alcohol, gave it up, but then became addicted to gambling.  Many pop psychologists would say that… Continue reading There’s no such thing as an addictive personality!!!

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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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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

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An award-winning book you NEED to read!

My book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, has just been awarded the 2016 NM-AZ Book Award for Self-Help book of the year!  While winning an award for my writing has been a dream since I was twelve, the fact that it won shows without a doubt that my book is a great weapon… Continue reading An award-winning book you NEED to read!