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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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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

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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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There is no such thing as “me”

Disclaimer: While I spend quite a bit of time researching ways and means to both gain and maintain a healthy emotional landscape for myself, I am still learning and trying to figure out my own place in the world.  There have been times when I think I know where my own path is supposed to… Continue reading There is no such thing as “me”

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2 things about addicts that can make conscious creativity useful

I believe with all that I am that humanity seeks to be creative. But, I do want clarify a point that is often misunderstood. While creativity is a basic human need in my opinion, in order for it to be effective within a “healthy growth” program, it must be approached consciously. The idea behind “conscious… Continue reading 2 things about addicts that can make conscious creativity useful

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Does it matter how we define Addiction? Nope….

I was recently asked about the definition of Addiction.  To be specific, someone sent an article to me about Addiction being a behavioral habit (the article can be found here) and wanted input about whether or not I agreed with the basic premise.  While the article contained a great deal of good information, when I… Continue reading Does it matter how we define Addiction? Nope….

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Give the gift of Recovery this Christmas

After garnishing strong reviews and an award, I am certain of the efficacy of 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction.  This book can provide the path towards health for anyone who struggles with Addiction.  The truth of any program is that NO ONE can own someone else’s health.  We are all responsible for becoming… Continue reading Give the gift of Recovery this Christmas

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Those with no soul must go through a revolution of heart

He smelled really bad.  Like, worse than week-old urine – he smelled like he was dipped in the sewer and then rinsed off with rotten flesh juice.  I didn’t want to speak with him, but he was in detox and it was my job to counsel people in detox, which meant that I had no… Continue reading Those with no soul must go through a revolution of heart