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Five challenges and options for early recovery

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
Early recovery is a delicate time; someone in early recovery must go through several biological, social, and psycho-emotional changes that can be difficult to handle.  Below, I’ve listed five (5) common challenges and some options for dealing with them*: Friends and associates who use: You want to continue associations…

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Why is Deception so much a part of Addiction?

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
One of the more common catch-phrases within the addiction treatment community that I’ve head (and probably used) is, “Deception is the disease.”  The reason it’s so widely used that it’s now almost cliché is that it’s an absolute true statement.  What may be missed is why deception plays such…

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A flower in a field….

When I snapped this flower (top image), I thought it was a good shot, just on its own.  But I wanted to do a bit more with it, maybe change it a bit….so I used the “posterize” feature in GIMP and then cropped it in Preview (bottom image).  While I have a lot to learn,… Continue reading A flower in a field….

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An open letter to Santa Fe’s City Council: the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax will only make the poor even poorer!

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
I am writing with extreme concern about the proposed “Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Ordinance” and I’ll get right to the point: The ordinance speaks, at great length, about the health risks associated with consuming sugar but keeps a painful fact hidden within the Pre-K window dressing: Poverty is the main…

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There’s nothing you can do to force a change in someone else

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
When people ask me questions about the addict in their life, the only thing I hear is, “How can I make my Addict behave in ways I can understand?”  And the response to that question is: Seek to understand your own life. You read that right — if you…

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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

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
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…