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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…

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Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

When I started this blog, my wholehearted intention was to provide educational material to anyone who wants or needs to better understand the way substance abuse and addiction work.  What’s more, since I am a continuing education provider, I figured I would be able to also provide self-study continuing education units (CEUs) to social workers,… Continue reading Why a substance abuse counselor blogs…

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All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

When the day started, I saw a hawk and had to get a shot of it.  Even though I was on the Interstate, I was able to pull over and walk to the base of the pole in order to get the best view I could.  I zoomed in to the 200 setting and shot away: It… Continue reading All I need is a camera to alter my consciousness — no drugs!

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Sometimes, we all need a change in perspective…

It’s quite a feeling to realize that I’m both insignificant, yet a part of something much bigger.  Standing on a hilltop and watching a sunset turn a whole valley fire-orange brought me a sense of peace.  My goal in climbing the hill was to capture something, although I wasn’t sure for what it was I… Continue reading Sometimes, we all need a change in perspective…

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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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Recovery is solely the addict’s responsibility

When life becomes difficult, people have a tendency to look for something or someone to blame. When a family is faced with addiction, the need to blame becomes even more intense. It’s almost as though people feel comfort in projecting their anger about an addiction onto something or someone else. For example, I’ve often heard… Continue reading Recovery is solely the addict’s responsibility

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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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Flowers are great metaphors for a Recovery Consciousness

Flowers are stunning creatures.  They start out in this world as tiny and as nondescript as any other brown little dot.  Yet, with proper soil and nourishment, they grow and bloom with delicacy, strength, and beauty.  If. however, the soil in which the seed is planted is poisoned or choked, then the seed may yield… Continue reading Flowers are great metaphors for a Recovery Consciousness

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Reflective writing is the path towards a person’s best self

A couple of days ago, I received what is probably the biggest compliment about my writing that I’d ever want.  It has nothing to do with the award my latest book won (2016 NM-AZ Book Award for Best Self-Help).  Rather, it was a story conveyed to me by a person who was using 49 Tips… Continue reading Reflective writing is the path towards a person’s best self

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Free Gift to my Readers: Download Journey to Aztlan

I wrote Journey to Aztlan to show people that there is hope for those who are stricken with Depression.  For me, I found healing by returning to the very source of who I am and I believe that if everyone does so, they will find their own truth.  Journey to Aztlan means so much to… Continue reading Free Gift to my Readers: Download Journey to Aztlan