Values and Addictions

Values and Addictions

“I know who they are, and at times, I see them.” This is a familiar statement I have heard from family members about their addicted loved ones.  It is evidence of how much addiction is a disorder of value and values.  We all know that person in our life who is a...
Addiction Does Not Negotiate

Addiction Does Not Negotiate

“Addiction does not negotiate” This is a quote from Eric Clapton, and it couldn’t be more true! It’s amazing how many addicts, alcoholics, whatever terminology you wish, attempts to negotiate with addiction, and every single time they lose, outright. Period. It’s...
My Wife: Addict to Recovery Warrior

My Wife: Addict to Recovery Warrior

I am married to an addict in recovery. A recovery warrior. Here is a little piece, a little glimpse of what marriage looks like while one partner is living in active addiction. I’m on my way home after just finishing my 12-hour shift working at a facility for people...
The Fear of Recovery – Part Two

The Fear of Recovery – Part Two

…people die in recovery again and again because the identity was more important to them than the act of recovery was.  In our addiction we were always apart from, in recovery we become a part of.  That simple metamorphosis goes farther than most things in recovery...
The Formula For Addiction

The Formula For Addiction

After watching Intervention, we want to consider what addiction looks like from the inside. Why can’t an addicted person just simply stop using? I am honored to be part of the incredible team of compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled people who work at Top of the...
Being Sober – Being In Recovery

Being Sober – Being In Recovery

What Is the Difference Between Being Sober and Being in Recovery ? I work at an addiction treatment centre, often referred to as “rehab.”  Every day I speak with people who are either considering treatment for themselves, a friend or loved one.   I often talk about...