Setting your agenda for the New Year

It’s that time of year when we all take an accounting of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go as we prepare for a New Year. This end-of-year inventory taking can be surprisingly useful if it identifies unfinished business, perhaps a fence that needs to be mended or a kindness [...]

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On December 2, 2014, posted in: addiction, goals, mental health, therapy by

Do alcoholics ever QUIT alcohol?

Many years ago I asked a group of therapists and counselors, all working in the addiction/recovery field, if they believed that at least some percentage of their clients, as a direct or indirect result of therapy, gave up alcohol or their drug of choice. Met, not for the first time that day with stares of [...]

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On February 1, 2014, posted in: 12 Steps, AA, addiction, alcoholic, alcoholism, counseling, psychotherapy, recovery by

Do alcoholics LIKE alcohol?

About 20 years ago, speaking to a group of addiction counselors assembled at a national conference on addiction, I asked this question. I was met with incredulous stares and virtually everyone in the room raised their hands affirming their belief that alcoholics like alcohol.  What other answer could there possibly be? They were somewhat surprised [...]

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On October 1, 2013, posted in: 12 Steps, AA, addiction, alcoholic, alcoholism, recovery by