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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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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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Please visit and like jblea1016.com on Facebook!

My goal in life is to guide people towards the best version of themselves, which is why I started jblea1016.com in the first place.  While my primary focus is Addiction Treatment, I know that reflective journaling about all that is good and strong and beautiful and I’ll often post things that I find of value. … Continue reading Please visit and like jblea1016.com on Facebook!

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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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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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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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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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We need to integrate natural realities with supernatural realities to be fully human

For years, I’ve seen the dark side of humanity lead good people into intense suffering. I’ve seen fathers belittle their sons for wanting a life without heroin. I’ve witnessed young men die alone because their drug use isolated them into unrecognizable versions of themselves that no one loved anymore. I’ve heard stories of women being… Continue reading We need to integrate natural realities with supernatural realities to be fully human