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We tried everything. Except this.

We tried everything. Except this.

Where did our best thinking get us? We concocted new ways to keep things going and the shame hidden. But at some point, the scorn of the ones who loved us most rang true. We had that moment when we quietly admitted to ourselves: “I’m stuck. And I can’t break free.” So...

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step… “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.” — Step 1: The Twelve Steps A person doesn’t typically wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll become a drug addict or alcoholic today.” In fact, most...

The problem with reducing addiction to moral failure

The problem with reducing addiction to moral failure

Addiction is Complicated The frustration is understandable. But there is no redemptive value in labeling addicts as losers or casting them in other pejorative terms. The complex issue of addiction has more to do with neuroscience than ideas about morality. Addiction...

Steps

Steps

Some of us like to skip steps. We love shortcuts. If there’s a way to get something quicker and use less energy, sign us up for that. And in active addiction, this tendency is set to blast. It goes to ELEVEN. We want it now. If we don’t like the way something makes us...

Got it all together?

Got it all together?

I love words. Until they reveal the truth about me. I remember hearing that very first step. “We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.” I didn’t like the word powerless and I hated that word unmanageable. These are...

Riots and Recovery

Riots and Recovery

I work in the now-infamous, riot-riddled city of Baltimore. All day yesterday, our retinas were assaulted with a steady stream of live, commercial-free video violence. One piece of footage stood out as a metaphor with a megaphone: The local CBS affiliate showed...

Confronting the heroin epidemic

Confronting the heroin epidemic

Hopefully you saw it on one of the three local news broadcasts. This past Tuesday I was invited to speak at a press conference with Gov. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Rutherford on Maryland’s growing heroin epidemic. Finally, we’re seeing press coverage and a strong movement...

Is addiction really a disease?

Is addiction really a disease?

Drugabuse.gov defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works.”...

We’re in this together

We’re in this together

There’s a lot more to living clean and sober than mere abstinence. For addicts and alcoholics to reap the full rewards of recovery, we must practice the principles of recovery in every area of life. Although Right Turn-IMPACT offers traditional state-certified...

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We tried everything. Except this.

We tried everything. Except this.

Where did our best thinking get us? We concocted new ways to keep things going and the shame hidden. But at some point, the scorn of the ones who loved us most rang true. We had that moment when we quietly admitted to ourselves: “I’m stuck. And I can’t break free.” So...

Thinking that ‘slip’ all the way through

Thinking that ‘slip’ all the way through

You’ve probably heard sad stories about people who relapsed. Bob had 2 years and he relapsed. He took one drink went down hard, and fast. He lost everything all over again. And this time he lost his wife for good. We’ve all heard stories of relapse. Maybe it’s even...

We Is The First Word

We Is The First Word

“‘We…’ admitted that we were powerless…” -Word 1, Step 1. Maybe you’ve heard that your recovery should be “selfish.” It’s true. If your efforts aren’t foremost for yourself you’ll be very discouraged when those efforts aren’t met with the appreciation you hoped for....

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step Takes Honesty. And Guts

The First Step… “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable.” — Step 1: The Twelve Steps A person doesn’t typically wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll become a drug addict or alcoholic today.” In fact, most...

Dealing with a 2nd DUI

Dealing with a 2nd DUI

The first thing we advise clients is not to despair and surrender to fear. In this regard, one of the most important decisions to be made is whether the DUI charge is defendable. Remember, a second, third, or whatever DUI charge is still nothing more than an...

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