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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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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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Practicing what I preach about creativity

Lately, I’ve become quite frustrated by what has been going on in Santa Fe.  Politicians here have a habit of placing the intangible at a higher priority that the tangible.  For example, a few years ago, our politicians passed a law whereby citizens have to purchase brown paper bags (or bring their own recyclable bags)… Continue reading Practicing what I preach about creativity

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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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The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

I spend quite a lot of time absorbing darkness; it’s not easy hearing the circumstances from which people turn to substances to cope.  Because I am a writer, first and foremost, I scribble as much of the darkness as I can.  But there are times when a pen isn’t enough: I need to dive without… Continue reading The guitar makes a great writing and self-care tool

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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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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!!!