Monday, February 18, 2019

Spiritual

Freedom From Addiction

Over the past 10 years, I have been asked on numerous occasions, “Can I ever be free of my addiction?” “Will I ever be cured?” “Is battling addiction a lifelong problem?”...

The Evolution Of The Soul: Healing Addiction And Trauma Through String Theory, Alchemy, And...

Emotions are the driving force behind human thoughts, actions and behaviors. In my experience with treating trauma in the addiction field, I’ve found a clear misperception of current emotions as a...

Dear Readers

Dear Readers, Hi. My name is Penny. I’m an addict and I am 59 years old...I’ve been married for almost 30 years. I have an extraordinary husband and three amazing adult children...

‘TIS THE SEASON

Like so many others, I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and family over the holidays while giving praise to my higher power. There is nothing in this world that...

Addiction: The Brain Disease

Addiction is a brain disease. The use of alcohol and other drugs causes three abnormal addictive brain responses. These three addictive brain responses make it easy for addicted people to keep...

Adolescents, Brain Development And The Turkey Model

Adolescents and Brain Development For the past five years I’ve overseen an adolescent substance abuse treatment center in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border. The boys are between the ages of 13-20,...

The Power Of Families To Assist In Recovery

Fourteen years ago my community was suddenly overwhelmed by the beginnings of the prescription opiate epidemic. In my thirty-plus years of addiction treatment experience I had never witnessed the speed with...

My Friend/Family Member Just Went Through Rehab. How Do I Fit Into Aftercare?

Going through a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a life-changing adventure. And it should be. The person who completes rehab is often different from the person starting the program. On...

Holistic Medicine And Why It Should Be Your First Option

Not long ago I experienced some chest pain while I was exercising at the gym. It wasn’t very intense and didn’t last long, but as a precaution I stopped at the...

From Surviving To Transformation: Hope, Addiction, Loss, And Trauma (H.A.L.T.)

The consequences of surviving trauma are complex, making it difficult to formulate a recovery and treatment plan. The most common defense mechanism, and the toughest one to work through, is denial....

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