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Harm Reduction, Choice, and ‘Adam Ruins Everything’

August 15, 2017

This is very interesting… in a recent episode of the TV show Adam Ruins Everything, he debunked the value of rehabs or treatment at all, insisting that drugs and alcohol have been in society for thousands of years, and just aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. He goes on to say the war on drugs, particularly […]

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Overdose And The Grief It Brings

July 31, 2017

If you thought the avoidance around death and grief in our society was bad, it is nothing compared to the avoidance of drug-related deaths. Overdose deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in the US, and someone dies every 14 minutes from a drug overdose in this country- startling facts! In 2011 data came out showing that prescription […]

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Keeping Your Addict Loved One In Your Life

June 15, 2017

Episode after episode of the TV show Intervention cuts to the quick of how addicts ruin not only their own lives, but how their addictive and destructive behavior can break even the strongest of us. Shattered families confront shattered addicts in the hopes of mending lives all the way around. The theme is always the […]

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Heroin Babies

May 31, 2017

The topic of heroin addicts getting pregnant, recently came up, and honestly, this is new and uncharted territory for me, so I did my homework. The problem that occurs when using heroin during pregnancy is that the baby also becomes addicted. Heroin goes directly into the placenta which is where the fetus gets its nutrition […]

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Guest Blogger Speaks On Harm Reduction and Holistic Recovery

May 26, 2017

An anonymous guest blogger has this to say about her journey in recovery; I’ve struggled with addiction for a long time. Over the years, I have tried many different modalities, approaches and philosophies to combat and treat the physical, mental and emotional toll that it had taken on me and the people around me. Everyone’s […]

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Treatment As Usual

May 22, 2017

I’ve been witnessing it for years- The revolving door of rehab- most clients return Treatment as usual, also known as cookie cutter treatment Cross addiction by facility doctor or psychiatrist- clients given prescriptions such as Tegretal, Lithium, Zyprexa and Riperdal, in sometimes unnecessarily large amounts, on going. The 30 day set up- not enough treatment […]

The Mindfulness Approach

May 21, 2017

Mindfulness, a technique rooted in Buddhism, can be defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique”. It is far from apathy or suppression of feelings, but more the freedom to experience a full […]

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The Five Portals

March 18, 2017

I rarely talk about psychology- I’m not a big fan of it. But Dr. Mario Martinez, a neuropsychologist, brings to us a system balancing issues of safety, love, expression, peace, and spirituality in a new experiential way. This is a little bit off from my usual recovery blogs, but I see this as invaluable for […]

The Notion of Hitting Rock Bottom

February 12, 2017

Hitting Rock Bottom refers to the notion that a person must hit their lowest point before having the motivation to change. It implies the person needs to experience firsthand the worst consequences of his actions before he will be motivated to get help and alter these behaviors. The concept of hitting rock bottom seems to […]

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What’s In A Name?

January 27, 2017

Gosh folks, sometimes I need a break from all the very serious stuff I write about, so on a lighter note let’s have a little fun with some true-life trivia… Apparently, we try to live up to our names. Women named Laura become lawyers, and men lawyer named Dennis become dentists. I noticed a family […]

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Loss Is The Biggest Consequence

January 16, 2017

If you think you need to set up your own logical ‘consequences’ in response to an addict or alcoholics behavior, think again. The natural consequences of their behavior create isolation, grief, loss, and disheartenment. Some have lost husbands and children. Some have lost parents and siblings. Other have lost jobs, cars, apartments, self esteem, and […]