Addiction Recovery is not Humanly Possible

Addiction Recovery is not Humanly Possible

In over 35 years of working in addiction treatment and counseling I have come to the conclusion that recovery from addiction is not humanly possible.  You may ask why, then, have I been able to remain employed or why has addiction treatment become a giant industry if...
Just What is Addiction Recovery?

Just What is Addiction Recovery?

Too often, people mistake abstinence from substance use (or other destructive behavior) as “recovery.”  While abstinence is the ticket that gets you into the theater, it is not the movie.  Many of the clients I see come to me with an alcohol or other drug problem and...
Truths of the 12-Step Program

Truths of the 12-Step Program

When I first began my recovery, I was fortunate to choose a sponsor in NA who was part of a “sponsorship line” that passed on some basic truths that have been key to my recovery and have stood the test of time over nearly 38 years.  They are still just as true today...
3 Step Guide: Addiction Relapse Prevention

3 Step Guide: Addiction Relapse Prevention

Like other chronic conditions, addiction relapse is a common occurence. It is one thing to stop the addictive behavior; it is another thing to stay stopped. It is still another thing to stay stopped and at the same time enjoy full physical, psychological, social and...