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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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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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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

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49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction named a finalist for the 2016 NM Book Awards!

My latest book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction has been named a finalist for the 2016 NM Book Awards in the self-help category.  Needless to say, I am both psyched and humbled for this recognition; I never thought any book I’d write would actually become a finalist for any award.  When I was… Continue reading 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction named a finalist for the 2016 NM Book Awards!

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Why giving ultimatums don’t work with addicts.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been wrestling with meaningless deadlines.  Again, if there is an actual dependency associated with a deadline, or if the consequences of missing a deadline are enforced, then I think deadlines are quite useful and necessary.  However, if the deadline doesn’t have any reality associated with it, then they are… Continue reading Why giving ultimatums don’t work with addicts.

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Want a tool that you can use to improve your life?

I’ve written and published 4 books, but I can’t say that I’ve done a good job of promoting them.  Part of the reason why I haven’t been out there pounding on doors about my other books is that it’s hard to convince people to buy something that they may not need.  However, over the last… Continue reading Want a tool that you can use to improve your life?

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Join Juan Blea for a FREE reading in Taos, NM

Hello — I’ll be giving a free reading and discussing the idea of compassion in addiction treatment.  Please see the above flyer with all the details… {As a tool, my book 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction really can help build a foundation of understanding.  You can click here to learn more and/or to purchase}

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What is compassion for an Addict?

One of the more difficult things for me to explain is what I mean by having compassion for an addict.  At first glance, it may sound like I mean that if you love an addict, you should le him or her do or say anything and let it slide because of their addiction.  But, that’s… Continue reading What is compassion for an Addict?

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This book will teach you that you have the power to face Addiction

Here’s my pitch: If you buy 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, read it, and do as many of the exercises as you can, you will be both prepared to handle Addiction and be much more inoculated from Addiction’s negative emotions.  The truth that most treatment providers aren’t too apt to share is that… Continue reading This book will teach you that you have the power to face Addiction

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I need to beat The Addict once and for all — PLEASE SHARE

I first remember meeting The Addict when I was around 8 years old. My family was hosting a regular Friday night barbecue and, as usual, alcohol was involved. There weren’t many times when my dad chose to NOT drink copious amounts of beer; basically, Fridays during Lent were really the only time he abstained. But… Continue reading I need to beat The Addict once and for all — PLEASE SHARE