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No one can say that Juan Blea didn't try

No one can ever say I didn’t attempt to become the educator I sought to be.  As a matter of fact, my epitaph will read: “At least he tried.” Just the other day, I was stalking about a new online… Continue Reading →

The Addiction Problem should be everyone's cup of tea.

On August 4th, I will be reading from my book, 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction if you’d like to buy it before hand, please do so by clicking the “Buy Now” button located at the sidebar of this… Continue Reading →

The heck with a certain Santa Fe bookstore

Yesterday, a Santa Fe bookstore owner slapped me in the face.  Well, not literally, as she is an older lady and if she had actually slapped me, I doubt that I would have felt it much.  Really though, I would… Continue Reading →

What does real recovery require?

Fighting substance abuse isn’t easy; many people have opinions towards substances and addicts, but few offer any real solutions.  One thing that I really don’t think helps is solely looking at substances.  While I do think that we have to… Continue Reading →

Clinicians NEED an effective IT strategy

In the twenty years I’ve spent designing and implementing software, I can safely say that social service agencies tend to be under-served by their IT strategies. The thing is, though, that a really good clinical decision support system (CDSS) can… Continue Reading →

Calling Addiction a sin is stupid and dangerous

Among the common ideas I run into about Addiction, the one I wish I could change the most is that being addicted is a sin.  I consider it my life’s mission to fight oppression in all of its forms.  The… Continue Reading →

Ethics Workshop to show how Leadership can eradicate Substance Abuse

I’m not the best salesman in the world, but I do consider myself a good writer and even better teacher (plus I have really strong evaluations to support my consideration).  Among the great joys of my life is presenting information… Continue Reading →

Stop looking at substance abuse through the lens of substances

More and more research is indicating that “recovery capital” is a predictor of someone completing a treatment program, whether inpatient or outpatient.  Recovery capital is a set of resources a person possesses that can be accessed to reinforce someone’s path… Continue Reading →

Substance abuse should NOT define a person

“So, what does it mean to you that you use crack?” He looked at me as though I had asked him about Pi’s stretch into infinity.  “What does it mean that I use crack?” “Yes, what does it mean to… Continue Reading →

We can ALL do our part in destroying the Addiction Identity

In my opinion, we are at a point where how we treat Addiction MUST change.  We can no longer pursue means of treating Addiction that reinforce the Addiction identity.  What is the Addiction Identity? To me, it’s any personality trait… Continue Reading →

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