Recover Integrity: Blog

So when it comes to the notion of authenticity, RZA is like "He is my guy."    RZA is a producer and also a hip-hop MC of a group called Wu-Tang from Long Island. I grew up listening to him.   And I remember being 13 years old smoking weed in my cousin's bedroom, listening to an album called Liquid Swords. And it was like an alien had landed and delivered an album from another planet.    We were like, "Who...

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There are two ways I look at authenticity. I look at general authenticity as a state of being. I want to be an authentic person when I wake up every day in my life as a ground and as a foundation.    So, that is one journey of authenticity.    Then there is, “How am I authentic in the interpersonal realm?” Meaning how am I truthful or expressing honestly where I am interpersonally?   And so, let us start with the...

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man in individual addiction treatment

  What to Expect:   Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) uses prescribed drugs to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction manage their withdrawal symptoms and stay engaged in treatment. Suboxone (or Subutex) is popularly prescribed to save lives and reduce the harm of opioid addiction. What are the potential long-term effects of Suboxone in an individual’s overall quality of life?   Understanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)   Opiate use in the United States is at a crisis level--too many people are dying from...

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One of the most challenging concepts for, I think, all of us--but obviously I am speaking in the area of recovery--is the notion of authenticity. What does it mean to be authentic? How can I be authentic?   My dad, he likes to say, ''You are authentic when you are dead.'' So his definition of authentic has to do with congruency, meaning your insides and your outsides matching. And this is a little bit cynical. So he says, ''That is only...

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There is a term you will hear in yoga, in therapy, therapy groups, in the transformational arenas, in recovery, in treatment--it is this idea of "being present."    It is not something that was a common phrase twenty years ago--when I first started out in the arena of recovery. But it is something that has become more and more popular. And so has notions of disassociation.    So people, being aware that they check out--people are more aware of...

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