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Are You Waiting for Someone or Something to Fix You?

Are You Waiting for Someone or Something to Fix You?

In the fall of 1989, I was lost. I had left college at Thanksgiving never to return. I felt completely alone and broken. Looking back I can't really point to any specific event that led to my full mental breakdown, I only remember how I felt and what I was thinking. I...

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Are You Waiting for Someone or Something to Fix You?

In the fall of 1989, I was lost. I had left college at Thanksgiving never to return. I felt completely alone and broken. Looking back I can't really point to any specific event that led to my full mental breakdown, I only remember how I felt and what I was thinking. I...

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Warrior2Warrior and The Saint Jude Retreats Partnership

A Partnership to Solve Addiction Issues in the Special Ops and General Military CommunityAddiction.PTSD.Trauma.Suicide.Domestic Violence.Loneliness.The feelings of loss of relevance.These are just some of the struggles active and retired military special operators...

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Stop Saying Trauma Causes Addiction!

I'm 51 years old and it occurred to me today that no one gets to 51 years old without having experienced trauma. No one. We all have one very important thing in common; we're all going to die. I'm not saying that to be negative or shocking, I'm saying it because it's...

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Replacing a Drug Habit vs. Moving on from One

Many years ago, we promoted the idea of replacing an addiction with other more beneficial activities and positive goals as a method to help people steer clear of “relapse” and move on from addiction. We actually had a chapter in our earlier Freedom Model Program...

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The Choice That Saved My Life

I was a heroin addict. One choice changed my life. It wasn’t the choice to quit. When things got really bad, I knew I had to quit heroin. I knew I should quit heroin. I even wanted to quit heroin. So I made the choice to quit using heroin and went for treatment.But I...

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Why Do I get Drunk? It Doesn’t Make Me Happy Anymore

Humans are motivated by the pursuit of happiness - always. This is true even in the realm of addiction. In The Freedom Model we call this concrete truth The Positive Drive Principle (PDP).When I’m teaching The Freedom Model to a student who is struggling with their...

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Stop the Insanity! Addiction is NOT a Disease!

Have you ever wondered why the idea of “addiction as a disease” only includes behaviors and habits that society deems as negative or harmful? Habitual activities that are positive or neutral would never be labeled a disease. Driving a car is a habit which most adults...

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New Study Confirms That Disease Model Of Addiction Is Disempowering

We’ve been told for several decades that the disease model of addiction would help people to stop blaming themselves for their substance use problems,provide hope, and motivate them to seek help. It’s supposed to be an empowering message. A new study from researchers...

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There is No Such Thing as Denial in Addiction: It’s All About Control

Whether you have had a personal experience with a substance use problem or not, you have likely heard the term denial used to describe someone who uses substances heavily, but tells others they don’t have a problem. Maybe you have a friend or family member you feel...

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The Truth About Addiction: A Message to Parents

Every day I talk to parents of heavy substance users. I hear a range of emotions from fear to anger to concern to intense love. Many parents don't entirely buy into the idea that their adult child is suffering from a disease that makes them use substances, but many of...

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How Does A Freedom Model Presenter Help A Retreat Guest Facilitate Change?

Human change is an unavoidable human experience. At its core, it’s a completely personal autonomous experience. Being that this reality is concrete, one must ask – what then is the role of a Freedom Model Presenter (or any teacher) if all change that occurs with their...

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Approaching Someone You Love About a Substance Use Problem

In 1989, my father and sister had a talk with me because they were concerned that I had an alcohol and drug problem. This was before the show Intervention became a big hit on A&E, but at a time when addiction treatment was taking off in this country. I'll admit I...

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Non 12 Step- What Is It?

Non 12 Step – What Does this Mean? 30 years ago, I had just matriculated out of a long term intensive outpatient program that I was mandated to attend as a result of a DUI I had gotten 18 months prior. This treatment experience was so profoundly disappointing and...

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Loving Someone “In Recovery”

When you send your spouse or significant other to rehab, you're hoping that the end results will be a happier loved one and an improved relationship, but more often than not, that's not the case at all. The reality is once someone gets treatment for addiction...

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Are You Ready To Move Past Recovery?

When most “addicts” or “alcoholics” make the decision to quit or moderate their substance usage, they usually define their newly minted selves as “a person in recovery.” Of course recovery can mean all kinds of things in Western culture. But in the case of the...

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One Man’s Tale of Escaping the 12 Step Recovery Trap

I was a child who grew up in an AA household from as far back as I can remember. It was the seventies and early eighties, and many of my siblings and my mother were active members in various 12 step groups at the time. I, too, eventually joined the ranks with my older...

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Who Should Get Credit When You Stop Drinking or Using Drugs?

When criticizing 12 Step groups and treatment based on it, people will often tell me that they know it works because someone they know got sober in AA. I don't doubt their experience as I, too, know people who still attend meetings and have maintained decades of...

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The Scary World of Addiction Treatment

Ghosts and ghouls, witches and jack o' lanterns, and all sorts of scary creatures abound; it's Halloween! These creatures can't hurt you because they only exist in myth and legend, and in our imaginations. But there are myths and legends that have created monsters...

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