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Addiction Treatment providers should do more to prepare clients for Recovery

Recently, I had a discussion with someone about treatment and whether 12-step programs are effective.  He allowed me to quote him directly:  “I think 12-step works best for most, but is not universal. I do not think it is especially helpful for courts and professionals to send addicts/alcoholics to meetings without preparation, it yields more… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers should do more to prepare clients for Recovery

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Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves

When I walked in to teach my first “writing for empowerment” class at an inpatient addiction treatment facility, I quickly recognized that I was completely unprepared.  Although i had taught hundreds of writing classes to that point, I hadn’t seen the level of intensity that I faced within that particular room.  The 90 minute class… Continue reading Addiction Treatment providers are sheep amidst the wolves

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Fighting Heroin Addiction doesn’t have to be a losing battle….

After yet another funeral for a young person who died from a heroin overdose, I heard a group of men talking about heroin addiction and its evil impact on their community. I listened as their anger-laced comments flowed from, “We have to do something to stop this crap,” to, “What can we do? They don’t… Continue reading Fighting Heroin Addiction doesn’t have to be a losing battle….

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If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey I can’t say I’m an Oprah Winfrey fan. However, I do think that the statement she makes about forgiveness is as psycho-emotionally accurate as anything I or any other treatment provider can say. There’s very few who could argue with… Continue reading If an addict hurts you, forgive — every time…

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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

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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…

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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…

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Real Recovery starts from within!!

  {Video above is a reading from Tip #10 From 49 Tips and insights for Understanding Addiction} One of the more angering ideas that people have in regards to drug and alcohol abuse treatment is that it’s something external to an addict and the goal for dealing with addicts is to get them to go… Continue reading Real Recovery starts from within!!

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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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3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction

Before I leave the Earth, I anticipate saying that fear is the shackle that locks an addiction into place about a million more times. In a conversation I had last night, someone analogized someone addicted to heroin to someone addicted to alcohol. “An addict is an addict,” he said. To me. Of all people. But,… Continue reading 3 Questions to ask when trying to measure an Addiction