Addict or Substance Abuser, Which is Your Loved One?

In the last year there have been many changes in the widely accepted views on addiction within the medical community. These views are finally catching up to what most addicts/alcoholics already know, that addiction is a disease. If left untreated it will progressively get worse over t
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Drug Treatment – Just the Beginning

As I work with families as an interventionist to get their loved ones into a process of recovery we focus first on the short term goal of getting them to enter treatment. We can’t  lose sight of the fact that this is just the beginning of what will hopefully become a lifelong en
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Willingness To Go To Any Length

Willingness to Go to Any Length As people in recovery we have all experienced what is required to maintain long term sobriety. Remember back to those early days when we thought it was just enough to be drug/alcohol free. We had every reason to take the steps toward sobriety because we
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Surrender to Win

Surrender is the ACTION that an addict or alcoholic takes which culminates in a successful first step experience. We finally succumb to the fact that life lived under our own power is hopeless and futile. Several years ago I was at a speaker meeting in Palm Springs, CA where a man was
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The Importance of Community to Sobriety

One of the most common objections I encounter is, ” I can do this on my own, I don’t need anyone else’s help.” In fact, at one point in my life this flawed idea was very much a part of my own thinking. Let me first give ample credit to those individuals who have been able to conquer t
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When is an Intervention Necessary?

I am often asked this question. When is an intervention necessary? Ideally I would like for all addicted individuals to choose the path of recovery for themselves. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Most of the time, loved ones see the dangers in the perilous lifestyle of addic
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