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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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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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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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Recovery is not the opposite of Addiction

Most people think that “Recovery” is the opposite of “Addiction.”  That is, I think the common argument is that people who are trying to heal their lives from the ravages of addiction are said to be in Recovery.  The problem that I have with that framework is that recovery is not the counterpart of addiction.… Continue reading Recovery is not the opposite of Addiction

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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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An award-winning book you NEED to read!

My book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, has just been awarded the 2016 NM-AZ Book Award for Self-Help book of the year!  While winning an award for my writing has been a dream since I was twelve, the fact that it won shows without a doubt that my book is a great weapon… Continue reading An award-winning book you NEED to read!

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Addiction just might be symptomatic of something else…

During lunch the other day, I was responding to a question from a colleague about one of my own core beliefs about Addiction, which is that Addiction can be symptomatic of another issue, when someone in the next booth mumbled a comment under her breath that I knew was directed at me because I was… Continue reading Addiction just might be symptomatic of something else…

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The 3 types of addicts and what you need to know about each

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 many different types of addicts. While… Continue reading The 3 types of addicts and what you need to know about each