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My Story of Intervention on My Spouse

"The solution for addiction cannot come from a mind-controlled by alcohol or other drugs. It must come from an outside source. Because we are the people who clearly see the problem, it is our job to bring a moment of enlightenment to the alcoholic. But first, we need to learn a language the alcoholic will understand." ~ Jeff Jay, Love First: a Family Guide to Intervention If you would've asked anyone, my wife and I had the perfect marriage. From the outside, we appeared to have it all – I had a good job, my [...]

What Exactly Is Synthetic Drug Addiction? 

"There's no such thing as a good batch when you're dealing with these synthetic drugs. You're using something you have no idea what it is. It's like Russian roulette." ~ Anthony Pettigrew, spokesman for the New England division of the Drug Enforcement Agency By its very nature, substance abuse can cause legal complications for drug users and addicts. People in search of their next "high" constantly run the risk of being arrested, and the penalties can be severe. For example, under Idaho law, if an individual possesses more than three ounces of marijuana, they can [...]

Why Hitting Rock Bottom Isn’t Necessary 

"Having to hit rock bottom and become desperate because of denial is risky and unnecessary. The earlier in life we address drug use and dependence, the more of a productive life we have… Although a crisis can help, it isn't necessary for things to be at an absolute worst before getting help." ~ Dr. Michael J. Kuhar, Ph.D., a neuroscientist, and author of The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine You've heard it again and again in virtually every addiction recovery program or piece of literature – "an addict has to hit [...]

6 Lessons from My Experience of Working in the Addiction Field

"In the past 20 years, a paradigm shift has occurred – the concept of recovery has firmly taken root in our collective consciousness… People from all over the world are starting to discover the joys of physical, emotional, and spiritual self-care." ~ Erica Spiegelman, Rewired: a Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery I recently celebrated my 10-year anniversary as a clinician specializing in addiction recovery, and as I look back, I can see my career's highs and lows – the triumphs and failures. In my time working in the addiction field, I have worked with [...]

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