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FIRSTLY, IS IT A REHAB? Many websites these days masquerade as a rehab, when in actual fact, they are acting like a travel agent, namely selling treatment on behalf of a facility with whom they have a contract. This called “touting” and is outlawed by the ethical...

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Anything is possible in Recovery….

How to Strip...Sober As a stripper, I hear all the secrets and sorrows like a story I never wanted to hear while dancing naked and offering comfort. I’m often overwhelmed by the sadness and vulnerability of men I encounter. I’m in the yellow bathroom of the strip...

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Recovering Without a 12-Step Program

There isn’t one right way to recover and the reality is that although 12-step programs are effective for many people, they aren’t right for everyone.When it comes down to it, no person’s recovery looks identical to another’s. Like many people who get sober, I found...

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The war on drugs just breeds crafty traffickers

Politicians often escalate drug war rhetoric to show voters that they are doing something. But it is rare to ignore generations of lessons as President Trump did earlier this month when he announced his support for the execution of drug traffickers. This idea is...

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How Do The Twelve Steps Work?

I’ve often heard it said in AA meetings that “I don’t know how the Twelve Steps work, but they just do.” I personally have never found that statement particularly helpful. Taken literally, the Steps suggest that we can be healed from our illness by accepting it, by...

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What Does It Mean When We Call Addiction a Brain Disorder?

As a young scientist in the 1980s, I used then-new imaging technologies to look at the brains of people with drug addictions and, for comparison, people without drug problems. As we began to track and document these unique pictures of the brain, my colleagues and I...

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Some Thoughts on Codependency

Eckhart Tolle says, "addiction starts with pain and ends with pain." In the beginning of January I had to pause and take an inventory of my life. My very pregnant body was bleeding. I'd never bled like this before with other pregnancies. Three trips to the...

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Some Secrets of Someone in Recovery

Addiction doesn’t always feel as awful as it’s portrayed. Sometimes it feels like a comfortable, thick blanket, insulating you from the pain in your life. You may be in recovery, but you can still have the addiction — that need is still in there, and you’ve come to...

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“ When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top. ”

” Change happens when the pain of holding on is greater than the fear of letting go. ”

” Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life! ”

” Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. ”

“ I can choose to let it DEFINE me, CONFINE me, REFINE me, OUTSHINE me, or I can choose to MOVE ON and leave it behind me ”