blogging · Creative Writing · creativity · Writing

Can a cartoon character be my ticket to fame and fortune?

This is Sam. It even says so on his sign.  I’ve been drawing him, on and off, for well over thirty years.  In many ways, he’s the longest lasting non-familial relationship of my life.  He’s been useful to me. He’s been antagonistic towards me. I used to dream about turning Sam the Chicano hippie into… Continue reading Can a cartoon character be my ticket to fame and fortune?

Addiction Education · addiction treatment · Leadership · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

If there’s one thing I’ve studied consistently over the years, it’s leadership. I’ve been able to lead people towards their goals pretty much all of my life. Not only have I been successful as a leader professionally, but I’ve also formally studied the concepts behind leadership psychology and if there’s one thing of which I’m… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers should clients as people, not as stomachs…

Writing · Photography

3 cool things about sucking at photography

When I first bought my Nikon DR3300 DSLR camera, I had no idea I would dig it so much.  I can’t say I know what I’m doing or that I have any skills as a photographer.  As a matter of fact, I can even go so far as to say that I suck: I often… Continue reading 3 cool things about sucking at photography

Photography · Writing

Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

It’s not easy to be a “change agent,” which I have been in one way or another all of my life.  That is, I have guided individuals and organizations through the process of changing from one state to another as long as I can remember.  Whether I’ve led an organization’s software conversion or led a… Continue reading Although nothing stays the same, photography gives me a sense of permanence

addiction · Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · religion and spirituality · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · blogging · Leadership · psychology · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

It’s all too easy to point to a substance and say, “that’s evil” or “that’s the problem with things in my life.”  I’ve written about heroin and its relationship with actual evil, but although I do think the conditions associated with heroin use coupled with heroin’s physical affect can lead to evil, I don’t think… Continue reading Vilifying Substances simply doesn’t work…

addiction recovery · addiction treatment · Government · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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

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 factor in an unhealthy diet and… Continue reading An open letter to Santa Fe’s City Council: the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax will only make the poor even poorer!

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · mental health · religion and spirituality · substance abuse treatment · Writing

Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

Most people make the mistake of assuming that addiction treatment is about eliminating substance use.  As a matter of fact, many clinicians who don’t have familiarity with substance abuse also believe that substance use must be contained before “real” therapy can begin.  But it is those perceptions that interfere the most with healing.  The goal,… Continue reading Addiction Counseling is largely about spiritual healing…

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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…

blogging · Creative Writing · reflective journaling · Writing

Books sell when authors put forth effort…

Setting out to write, and write to eat, is nothing more than insanity.  Sitting down at a favorite writing table and letting words flow through the divine light of magical inspiration is a romantic and, well, very cool thing to do.  Yet, getting from the writing table to the bank is a process filled with… Continue reading Books sell when authors put forth effort…