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Comments on Co-Dependency – From a Friend’s Facebook Post

(Update for clarification on May 26, 2014.  We recently heard a long time member of Al-Anon, the support program for family and friends of alcoholics, comment that she is not co-dependent.  She said that she can be a bitch with or without the alcoholic.  The point is that co-dependency is a therapeutic term – not […]

15Aug2013 | | 2 comments | Continued
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On Alcoholics Anonymous – A Letter From Prison

Corresponding with an inmate in the Missouri prison system can be rewarding – and it can be heartbreaking.  My friend Joey is again in prison.  Joey is not a criminal – but four DUI’s will get anyone some time behind bars.  I met Joey when he was in Drug Court.  He was my client. As […]

22Apr2013 | | 1 comment | Continued
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AA and Addiction Treatment Have Failed Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is in the news – again – and his choice of words directly reflects the misguided efforts of contemporary addition treatment.  These efforts do not address psychological health – but rather demand conformity to some loosely defined notion of ‘proper society’ or of  ‘Christian values’ or of something called ‘spiritual health’.  This addiction […]

2Mar2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Redemption of Tiger Woods

The redemption of Tiger Woods did not happen with blubbering confessions of sin, orchestrated by treatment programs based solely on anecdote. The redemption of Tiger Woods can only happen with consistent trustworthy behavior over time.

22Mar2010 | | Comments Off on The Redemption of Tiger Woods | Continued
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Brainwashing Tiger Woods – Failures of Addiction Therapy

Future psychologists will look back on this era of addiction treatment in much the same manner that they presently look back on 19th century mental asylums. The real sadness is that progressives in the present mental health community already recognize the deplorably foolish tactics of many addiction treatment centers.

20Feb2010 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Drug Court – Systemically Flawed

A quick check of the court briefs in the local newspaper gives startling evidence of losing the war on drugs. The paper reported six people sentenced to prison – all for drug charges – five methamphetamine and one cocaine. We are talking about rural northwest Missouri. The first Drug Court was established in Dade County […]

21Dec2008 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Bush – War is good for the Economy

Son, I am in stunned disbelief.  Our country is spending over 10 Billion dollars a month on the  war in Iraq and President Bush thinks this is a good thing. I will let him speak for himself. Imagine what 10 Billion dollars a month would do for America’s roads and bridges and our sewer systems,  […]

19Feb2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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State of the Union, State of Denial

Son, The speech writers have their challenge. Tonight’s State of the Union by President George W. Bush will be his last. He is worried about his legacy – and this is an opportunity to set the historical stage. The State of the Union has become the mantle for the President to sway public opinion. So […]

28Jan2008 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy

Son, I am suffering the stock market drop. My portfolio for retirement has been devastated. The emotion is gripping. As I pondered my own reaction I realized that I am suffering a grief response. This is not an academic discussion – people across America are suffering the grief of real loss. So what is Grief? […]

22Jan2008 | | Comments Off on Grief – an Emotional Response to the Economy | Continued
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Step 1 – Honesty

Son, Step One of 12 Step Programs states simply: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (insert your own problem), that our lives had become unmanageable. I have said before that there are consequences to belief systems. Well, what would be the consequence of believing that you had become powerless, that your life had become […]

13Nov2007 | | Comments Off on Step 1 – Honesty | Continued