Recover Integrity: Blog

What to expect in this episode Yeshaia's Rock Bottom Moment Incarceration & Panic When the Darkness in Your Life is Exposed The Need for Something "Good"   Yeshaia tells the story of his own "intervention". The day he went to jail and the weight of his life and his decisions came into sharp focus. Finding Rock Bottom in Jail I went to jail I remember I was in the county jail, and I had a panic attack - because...

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What to expect in this episode The Paradox of Addiction Thread Between Unhappiness & Drug Abuse Help People Recover by Helping them Find Happiness The Day Yeshaia's Heart Began to Open Cutting Through the Fear, Hopelessness Create Connection, Hope, & Opening the Heart   Addiction is Paradoxical   So, one of the things about addiction is, it’s paradoxical.  On the one hand, it’s very complicated, biological psychological phenomenon, on the other hand there are parts of it that are...

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Interventionit Leading drug abuse intervention

What is an Intervention   An intervention is often the very first step taken by loved ones in helping someone with addiction. Whether it be an alcohol intervention, or a drug abuse intervention, there is an organized, planned approach for success. The purpose of the intervention is to confront the addict in hopes of promoting acceptance of the addiction and to show comforting support for the rehabilitation process to come.   How to Stage an Intervention   Gather a team This is...

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Dr. Erich Fromm, one of my teachers, inspires the title, and much of the content here. There is a huge shift transpiring in the field of drug and alcohol treatment, it is happening rapidly and systemically, it will be for the worst and difficult to reverse. Warning: the field of treatment is being infiltrated by people who are emotionally disconnected and un-empathetic towards the plight of the people they claim to serve. What the treatment industry used...

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I was working in residential treatment a few years back; one Friday night, a new resident, Ryan, approached me. He was a teenager, 5’6” with big, kind eyes, natural dark circles, and a face that turned red at every feeling or change in temperature. He asked, vulnerably, if he could speak with me. I took him to my office, we sat down and I asked, “What’s up?” “I got out of Heroin detox two days ago....

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In Maia Szlavavitz’s new book “The Unbroken Brain” Maia articulately lays out a subtle and nuanced idea: Addiction is a developmental disorder.   It is a beautiful (although not new) idea that bridges the gap between the brain disease model of addiction and the idea that addicts are selfish amoral people “model” of addiction. The idea that addiction is developmental in nature accounts for the vast majority of what we see in the addicted populations. Addiction as a developmental disorder posits that there...

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