The Path of Addiction Recovery

Searching for Shortcuts: When Addiction Treatment Fails

By |2018-10-23T17:58:35+00:00May 27th, 2015|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Relapse, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

It is part of our culture, our daily practices, perhaps even our DNA: the desire to do things faster, easier, and with minimal sacrifice. Let’s face it. We want shortcuts. While finding a quicker route to the grocery store can help us save time and even gas money, when we try to take shortcuts to self-improvement, we often [...]

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An Addict’s New Year

By |2018-10-23T18:03:07+00:00January 9th, 2015|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

It’s time for change. Each year the statistics for addiction and its impact on individuals, families, businesses, and communities are released, piling on those from the previous year.  Sadly, the numbers keep getting worse: more people die, more accidents occur, more people go to jail, and too few seek help. Let’s make this year different. [...]

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The Grateful Addict

By |2018-10-23T18:49:23+00:00April 10th, 2014|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The people in the room have seen addiction destroy their careers, relationships and many of their dreams.  They often feel anger, frustration and a sense of hopelessness.  No one disagrees that “addiction sucks.”  So when I ask the question “do you think that you could be a grateful addict,” there are always members of the [...]

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Is there room at the Inn?

By |2018-10-23T19:22:37+00:00September 25th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

People often ask us “what does faith-based mean?”  “Does it mean that you will be preaching at me?”  “Will I be welcome if I don’t participate in organized religion?” “Can you help me re-connect with my faith?” These are important questions.  In a world where all-to-often we see people seeking to impose their beliefs on [...]

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Addiction is Only the Beginning

By |2018-10-23T19:26:33+00:00August 26th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

For decades addiction treatment has followed a common path; using 12 Step groups and regular meetings for addicts and alcoholics. However, the rapidly expanding knowledge of addiction and the workings of the human mind is leading to new approaches that are proving valuable in treating this chronic disease. While most treatment centers treat only the [...]

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The Case Against Methadone, Suboxone and Other Medication-Assisted Treatments for Addiction

By |2018-10-23T19:28:31+00:00July 3rd, 2013|Heroin, The Path of Addiction Recovery|

I spend a lot of time talking to families determined to find help for a loved one who is addicted to drugs.  Inevitably the conversation includes the questions: “Aren’t there some medications that will make them stop?” “I’ve heard about Suboxone, is that the answer?” “Will Vivitrol cure my son’s addiction?” How wonderful it would [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #8 is to be Proactive in Recovery

By |2018-10-23T19:37:22+00:00March 5th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

Life in recovery can have many benefits and positive experiences. The key to staying in recovery is to discover the goodness and the fulfillment life has to offer when you are drug-free. People who are engaged in a proactive recovery from addiction: Do things to help them manage stress Work on building and sustaining healthy relationships, especially [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #7 is Avoid Assuming you are Stronger than Everyone Else

By |2018-11-02T10:23:46+00:00February 18th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

One of the principle causes of relapse is thinking that you don’t need help, or that you can manage recovery on your own. We hear lots of people say: I understand how to manage my recovery. I don’t need a counselor or a sponsor.” Relapse begins the moment a person in recovery thinks they can [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #6 is to Know the Signs of Relapse & Avoid Triggers

By |2018-10-24T10:19:58+00:00February 7th, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

There is no cure for addiction so the recovering addict or alcoholic must always be on guard against the possibility of relapse. It is very important to know the signs of relapse and take immediate steps to safeguard against temptation. Some of the big triggers are stress, exhaustion, loneliness, boredom, resentment and relationship problems. Addicts need [...]

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8 Keys to Overcoming Addiction: #5 is to Stop Enabling Addiction

By |2018-11-03T13:09:05+00:00January 31st, 2013|The Path of Addiction Recovery|

The people who love and care for those with addictions are constantly placed in the difficult position of deciding how to act. Do you challenge the alcoholic or addict to get help? Do you refuse to help them until they decide to seek treatment? Do you withdraw assistance (money, housing, car, etc.) until they take the [...]

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