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Way to Hope and Self-Discovery –

On his dedication page, poet Gary Rubie writes, “to every alcoholic and addict that suffered, recovered and still suffers, I hope for serenity, courage and wisdom.” The same serenity, courage and wisdom can be found in the interstices of Out On A Cliff, an intricately-weaved...

“Spiritual Sickness” by Nigel Turner

Addiction is often described as a spiritual sickness, the same could be said for aggression and depression. What all these have in common is isolation and being cutoff. Spirit implies a connection between things or persons or another. In all these examples there is no...

Denial

Wow, crazy weekend!Lots to do.. and so much time on the phones with individuals that are in incredible denial.. it is scary! I am guilty of believing that I am going to be here on this earth in the next hour...

Adversity and Perception

"In every adversity is the seed of greater or equal opportunity."This quote by Norman Vincent Peale can make a difference in how we perceive our situations every day. Look for the equal or greater opportunity in every situation.  It is there. Believe it. Seek and you shall find.Knock and...

Planning to succeed?

There is no such thing as failure for those who have a positive attitude. You plan, execute, and produce results. If the results are not what you expected or wanted, refine your plan and move forward. Thomas Edison said he found multiple ways a light bulb would...

When Helping Becomes Enabling

Take a close look at the life of any person struggling with addiction, and you will likely find at least one family member or friend “helping” that person. Somebody making it easier for the addict to continue in the progression of their disease. This behavior...

Letters: re: Over-prescribing: a worrisome trend

Re: Overprescribing a worrisome trend  (Opinion, April 4).As a psychotherapist in mental health and addiction, I would like to thank Dr. Joel Paris for his article. As useful and helpful as psychiatric medication is and can be, especially in severe cases, it does not address the...

” How can anger be a choice? ” by Nigel Turner

We say anger is a choice. Most men say “No, she made me angry” So how can this be? We have different bits of our brain that do different things. There is an emotional part and a thinking part. The emotional part (called the amygdala) is...