More than a Drug Problem

“Burdens shared are easier to bear.” Jesse Jackson A Troubled Beginning By the time he was 13, Marcus had bounced in and through a dozen homes, if that’s what you called them, a pattern which was to continue…

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The Seven Wonders of Recovery

“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar The seven wonders of the ancient world were astounding man-made displays of human ingenuity and creativity in engineering, art, and…

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Stick to the Plan

“Never, never, never give up!” – Winston Churchill This blog is not about taking vitamins, I promise. However, I do take vitamins every morning and have done so for the past 10 years. I never miss, yet every…

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The Baffling Nature of Addiction and the Surprising Power of Recovery

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling Ronnie celebrated his 40th birthday in jail a few weeks before entering the residential treatment program where I met him two years ago….

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Tell Me What I’m Doing Right

Over the years, I’ve noticed that people often want approval and affirmation. They want it, yet rarely receive it or believe it when it finally arrives. Jim would be an example of that. This 35-year-old man who came…

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Do the Thing You Need to Do or…

“You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.” – Roger Maris Do the thing you need to do or… get yourself ready… What do you need to do? Do the thing you need to do or…

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Positively Changing Your Life

You’ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative And Don’t mess with Mister In-Between Johnny Mercer “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” was written by Johnny Mercer and the music was written by Harold Arlen….

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Living in an Unsure World

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” – Clint Eastwood This evening we’re celebrating my granddaughter’s seventh birthday. It will be a small family gathering at an outdoor amphitheater performance of Beauty and the Beast. It looks…

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A Quick and Easy Recovery and Other Treatment Myths

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw Let’s Be Reasonable The confusing influence of addiction is often referred to as “cunning, baffling, and powerful.” It distorts…

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The True View of You

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt People in recovery often have a distorted view of themselves. They may see themselves as inadequate and unacceptable. Some of this thinking comes from a…

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