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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…

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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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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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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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Rock bottom is RIGHT NOW

Originally posted on Addicted to Words:
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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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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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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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