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Seeking Authenticity

Early in recovery my family learned that if you wondered what I was thinking, just wait 15 seconds and I would tell them. This "filter off" approach was my first line of defense and served as a great antidote to the emotional stuffing that I had adopted as my very...

How to Survive a Family Function in Recovery

You can pick your support group, but you can’t pick your family. No truer words have ever been spoken. When getting into recovery, we find that although we have grown and changed, the rest of the world continues on as is. It can be challenging to connect with those...

Silos: Ivory Towers Destined for Failure.

Considering that my opinions aren’t the only valid opinions is a painful daily process. At the beginning of my work in the inpatient substance use disorder treatment world, it was an everyday occurrence to see others centers as not just competition but as the enemy...

Believing in the Law, Believing in People.

Reading the reference article took me back in thought to my first addiction related encounter with the law, I was charged with 30+ felonies and some various misdemeanors for burglarizing my Doctor’s office in a opioid driven panic after running out of pills....

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