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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Normal Will Reset – Eventually

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Commonly Attributed to Winston Churchill Out of Control When the decision to enter recovery is made, the addiction is often out of control. Something has to change or nothing will change….

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Three Critical Elements of Successful Recovery Programs

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” – Hubert H. Humphrey Designing Successful Recovery I am involved in several intensive outpatient programs (IOP) that provide treatment and support for those with serious or…

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The Hinge Pin Lie Behind All Negative Thinking

“I was going to buy a copy of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and then I thought: what good would that do?” – Ronnie Shakes What is Negative Thinking? Thoughts bombard us all day long like the steady…

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