The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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Feed Your Soul: My Life in Recovery

“God is love, and God has no limits, therefore love has no limits.” – Anonymous

My disease took my hand and strolled alongside me long before I took my first drink. As far back as I could remember, I had always felt out of place, as though eve

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How to Talk to Your Friend About Addiction

I think someone I love might be struggling with substance abuse.

What should I say?

…or should I say anything at all?

In certain situations, it is difficult for us to know what to say or if we should say anything at all.  Having a convers

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The Garwoods: Turning Darkness Into Light

It has been about almost eight months since I received a scholarship from the Mark Garwood Share Foundation. Returning to school to finish my bachelor’s degree has been a dream of mine since I first got sober. There were times when I thought it wou

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Addiction, Manipulation, and Being Loved to Death

Many people thought I was a hopeless case. To be honest, I was convinced I was. You know, they say it is our past that makes us who we are today and I embrace that philosophy. Instead of being resentful of some of the things that happened in my past

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Helping Those Who Need Help Before It’s Too Late

Help NOW, because there might not be a LATER.

We live in a fast-paced society with busy schedules and minimal free time. We have families and friends that demand our attention, and it’s rare that we get any time to ourselves. Therefore, how can

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I Will Persevere

Moving here to South Florida in 1994, my plan was to go where I knew no one, and no one knew me, in hope this would help me stop using. Did this work? Yes for about four months. But being the addict that I’m, I know where to find what I’m really look

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I Was Not a Human Being

I think the title of this sums up my active addiction pretty well, so I’m going to fast forward right into my treatment experiences. Plus, if you’ve ever seen an episode of Cops, you pretty much know how that whole forward goes anyway.

I was s

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Addiction Treatment Should be Collaborative, not Competitive

By Andrew Woolwine, M.S., Client Services Representative at Transformations


Working as a treatment provider and professional in the addiction and mental health field, many of our clients who admit into treatment feel just that

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Growing Up in an Alcoholic Home

One of the most significant misconceptions alcoholics/ drug addicts seem to have is that their substance use doesn’t affect anyone around them.  Growing up in an alcoholic home has influenced me in more ways than I’d care to admit. If you were

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