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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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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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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 addict’s social systems must de-stabilize in order to find Recovery

One of the many things I teach is something I call, Social System Homeostasis, and it is composed of: Stable Social Systems (SSS) = Occur when an individual’s mental constructs are in harmony with others’ perceived views of the individual.  A person is in a social system that is homeostatic when all his roles and… Continue reading An addict’s social systems must de-stabilize in order to find Recovery

Addiction Education · addiction recovery · addiction treatment · drug and alcohol abuse · substance abuse · substance abuse treatment · Writing

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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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

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A book award is a dream fulfulled

One of my earliest literary memories was wanting to earn a “Premio Quinto Sol,” which was a national literary award given to a significant work by a Chicano/a author.  I wanted to win this award because my favorite and most impactful book is “Bless Me Ultima” which won the second Premio in 1972.  I first… Continue reading A book award is a dream fulfulled

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Defining small objectives WILL build Recovery

Any program or plan of action requires defining objectives. But, it’s really important to understand the capability of a person or a group to meet those objectives. That’s the key, really, to any program: Defining objectives that can be met and the measures by which others can know those objectives are met. Regardless of the… Continue reading Defining small objectives WILL build Recovery

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A book that can change lives (Please check out video)

(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 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding… Continue reading A book that can change lives (Please check out video)