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Being a “Beginner”

Friday, February 10, 2017,
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Being a beginner at anything can be scary. But, as we go through life’s trials, willingness to be a beginner often turns out to be the ultimate expression of courage.  The old scary becomes the new fun.  The old impossible becomes the new possible.  


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Three Short Stories: A Day in the Life

Thursday, December 8, 2016,
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All year long it’s business as usual. Mom works really hard to keep the balance and peace around the house. Dad is usually in some kind of tyrannical mood when he comes home from his twelve-hour workday and has little patience for anything that hasn’t been done according to his standards. You see, he is really a brilliant man; it’s not his fault everyone around him at work and home is incompetent, really!

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Can Addiction Rehabilitation Be Holistic, Comprehensive and Practical?

Thursday, December 8, 2016,
Categories: Recovery
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As an Addictionologist, I noticed that the core issues that my patients were struggling with were occurring in these 7 vital areas.  Once I graduated from Loma Linda and subsequently UCLA’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and started leading a Medical Team of Addiction Medicine Fellows, Psychiatry Residents, Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students, I found it pivotal to consistently challenge the trainees to pay attention to these 7 Vital Areas that I am going to share with you now.

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HerbK: Personal transformation around the world through 12-Step workshops

Tuesday, September 13, 2016,
Author: Herb Kaighan
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Herbert Kaighan, a 12-Step enthusiast and RecoveryView.com contributor, has been activating the spirit of recovery in people since the 1980s. His workshops have gone international and for over 20 years. He has enjoyed seeing progress with recovering alcoholics, drug addicts and people struggling with many other addictions, from a variety of countries.

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A New Look at the Origins of Addiction

Monday, September 12, 2016,
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Where does addiction come from? The answer has deep implications for treatment, obviously. It's my belief that addiction is learned, which means it can be unlearned.

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Are We Just Talking To Ourselves?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016,
Author: Ruth Riddick
Categories: Recovery
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“Try not to get caught up with the endless argument about whether alcoholism is a disease or a bad habit. If alcohol is a problem for you or your family, the difference doesn’t matter, and worrying about it will only delay or even prevent you from seeking the help you need. You can sort out the argument once you are in recovery.” ­

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The End Game We All Want: A Call to A.A.

Monday, May 4, 2015,
Categories: Advocacy, Recovery, Social
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In January of this year, Johann Hari published an article that went viral: “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think.”  The article put forth the idea that the “disease model” the addictions industry has embraced might not be the panacea its propped itself up to be.  Citing some intriguing research, Hari presented the idea that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety.  It’s human connection.”  He states,  “what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong – and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.”  Apparently, a lot of people were ready to hear it, since as of this writing, well over 1 million Facebook readers have “liked” the article.  That doesn’t include the multitudes promoting it through Twitter and other platforms. 

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Relapse Prevention: Finding Engagement, Involvement and Purpose through Compassion Attentiveness

Wednesday, March 11, 2015,
Categories: Recovery
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The Fact of Relapse

According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates for drug addiction are around an astounding 40-60%.   In cases of Opiate Addiction, the rate is as high as 85%. In spite of the abundance of inpatient and outpatient care available to people in need of help, an enormous number of addicts will relapse several times and may never be totally free of their addiction.

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Is There Life After Meth? Addictions Redefined

Wednesday, March 11, 2015,
Categories: Recovery
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The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With The First Step.”  Lao Tzu

Addict, from the Latin addicare: to favor; from ad- + dicere: to say or to call forth. In the days of the Roman Empire, the Gladiators would fight to the death. Whoever won would call forth a slave; hence, an addict is a slave.

Isnt that the highest of aspirations, to be a slave?

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Does Race Matter in the Rooms?

Monday, January 12, 2015,
Categories: Recovery
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Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy. 

The traditions keeps us safe.  

They preserve the sacred arena through which recovery unfolds and matures.  The traditions support a culture that nourishes one back to wholeness. The avenue they travel on is Acceptance, Compassion, and Love.

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