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Recovery is like playing the guitar

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
My rationale in putting this video together is to remind everyone that recovery takes focused and daily effort.  Addiction does not have to be fatal and the more that people start to understand that, the more that we can all heal from Addiction’s destruction.  I play the guitar to…

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Why giving ultimatums don’t work with addicts.

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been wrestling with meaningless deadlines.  Again, if there is an actual dependency associated with a deadline, or if the consequences of missing a deadline are enforced, then I think deadlines are quite useful and necessary.  However, if the deadline doesn’t have any reality…

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The spirit of Addiction manifests and causes suffering

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What’s been the biggest surprise in working with and studying Addiction is the element of spirituality that’s so much a part of the whole process. I don’t mean “spirituality” from a religious perspective, but from a perspective of a “spirit” that manifests within those who are addicted to various…

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The 3 types of addicts and what you need to know about each

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
In my years of working and living with addicts, I have learned, all too well, that there is no “one size fits all” way to deal with and “help” addicts. I’ve found that there are very different ways and means to recovery; also, I have found that there are…

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Rock bottom is RIGHT NOW

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It can be scary to be a substance abuse treatment provider.  Especially when there’s been success: People approach the successful treatment provider with awe, almost as though he or she has some magical and secret knowledge about healing an addiction.  But, the truth isn’t nearly as glamorous as that. …

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A book that can change lives (Please check out video)

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(The above video was shot during my reading at Page 1 on August 4th, 2016) When it comes to my writing, I feel a calling to write things that can do something good in the world. I’ve written several books but none that I believe in as much as…

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Please visit and like jblea1016.com on Facebook!

My goal in life is to guide people towards the best version of themselves, which is why I started jblea1016.com in the first place.  While my primary focus is Addiction Treatment, I know that reflective journaling about all that is good and strong and beautiful and I’ll often post things that I find of value. … Continue reading Please visit and like jblea1016.com on Facebook!

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Why helping addicts amounts to emotional warfare

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
I think the main problem I encounter with people “helping” someone with an Addiction is that they are totally and completely unaware of the fact that engaging an addiction amounts to entering into emotional and spiritual warfare.  Sure, there is the psychology of addiction, and the psychology of recovery…