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    “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”― Haruki Murakam

    Empowered Choices: My last post talked about the “Crazy Eight Infinite Loop” that many of us get stuck in. Once we recognize we are in it, now  the real question is; how do we get out of it? Understand first, life is full of pain. We face, across our lives many instances that cause us […]

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    “Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering.” Yoda in Star Wars

    When we face Addiction in our family, or major problems in our life, we besides being sad, we are scared and fearful of what the present and future holds for our loved ones with problems. Many of us are ill-equipped to deal with these issues. Many of us have never lived with drug addicts, nor […]

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    H.O.P.E.

     How  Other  People  Escape   (HOPE)  the life of addiction is reason enough for us to believe it can happen for our family members also. No matter how many times a person relapses their is always hope. Like any learned behavior, it may not  happen the first  time .  As an example, when we first taught our […]

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    Pain and Suffering

    In my almost ten year journey of dealing with an addicted child and now an adult I and my family have felt pain , and anger (what I call the seven deadly angers) and believe me for 7 years of my 10 year ongoing journey we suffered, and suffered miserably. Especially me…the dad! What I […]

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    Addict is a Dirty Word

    I actually had a revelation one day.  that revelation was in regards to the societally dirty  taboo word… “Addict”. The word addict is as dark and dirty today  as Cancer was 50 years ago, or, AIDS was 25 years ago. Even though the term Addiction has been around for more years than AIDS and probably even […]

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    Free Chapter Sample my book: An Addict Within

    This book is not another story about an addict. It is the “Other Side of the Story”. The side of the story that you rarely see or hear about. That of the family. The mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers of the addict and the damage caused, the chaos caused, and the broken relationships that happen […]

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    Daytona 500

    One of America’s largest sports is NASCAR. I have only seen one race and although not an avid fan of racing, as I watched it I thought how exciting it would be driving in a car as a passenger at  200 plus mph, bumper to bumper in a high tech machine. Physically being pushed and […]

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    Types of Anger

    Types of Anger we face with an Addict in the family Anger: 1. From the addict. Teachers or bosses are the reasons they do drugs Other family members are the reason they do drugs. Worst of all: We are the reason they do drugs 2 At the addict For what they did to themselves For […]

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    Insanity

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein Nothing  I did, no action I took, worked in stopping My addict’s use of drugs. In fact, the drug problem my daughter had was progressively getting worse over the years even after multiple rehabs.  She started with alcohol and […]

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    When is Enough, Enough?

    Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance both physical and mental. My Uncle as an example, would have the cavities in his teeth filled with no Novocain when the Dentist drilled them.  Many on the other hand, would prefer to be knocked out and unconscious. The same tolerance levels to physical pain can be […]

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    Marshmallows and drug logic—-out thinking an addict

    I have never been able to outthink my addict and have always been amazed at the decision making process she goes through. My addict  always has the correct decision in the set of possibilities to choose from. The problem is that addicts don’t pick the right choice. They usually pick the choice that to normal […]

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    Phases and Denial

    How many times have we said this is just a “phase” that our child is going through. Whether it is puberty or bad grades. Sleeping more than before, or changing their friends. How about when they stop doing the things they used to like to do. These may not be phases but denials. As we […]

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    Free .mp3 file of my book

    This book is not another story about an addict. It is the “Other Side of the Story”. The side of the story that you rarely see or hear about. That of the family. The mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers of the addict and the damage caused, the chaos caused, and the broken relationships that happen […]