The Karma of Recovery – By William L. White

  The concept of karma holds that one’s fate in this life or future lives is not a random roll of the dice, but a direct product of one’s thoughts and actions. Rooted in many of the great religions and a central motif within Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, karma is mistakenly confused in popular culture with the idea of good or bad luck. In contrast, karma suggests the presence of a universal principle of justice–that the decisions one makes or the actions one takes or fails to take have inevitable consequences. This principle can be found in many popular aphorisms: You reap what you sow. Violence begets violence. They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind. What goes around comes around.     Chickens come home to roost.  You get what you give.  Those who live by the sword die by the sword. The principle of karma poses an interesting dilemma for people… Continue reading

I Woke Up – By Emily

  I woke up. Breathing tube in my nose, nurses and my mom and dad standing around me, my skin on fire. “Where am I?” I screamed. “Calm down, you overdosed,” said the nurses. “We gave you Narcan and we need you to calm down. Your pulse is too high.” I looked over at the monitor. My pulse was 152. The nurse gave me a shot of Ativan in my IV. I started to calm down even though it still felt like my skin was melting off my bones. “Breathe in and out,” the nurse said. If I hadn’t been taken to the hospital I would’ve died. My breathing had slowed down so much I need a breathing tube. I soon became very sleepy and passed out. I can’t remember much except walking into my dad’s backyard to my neighbors screaming, “Get the fuck out of here, Grace!” “We’re calling… Continue reading

Have You Really Worked Step 1? – Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S

  In today’s world, recovery from addiction typically starts in rehab, followed by addiction focused outpatient therapy, 12 step meetings, and step work. Most of the time, as recovering addicts grow comfortable with their sobriety, they rely less on professional help and more on 12 step support groups and continual working of the steps. This, of course, begins with step 1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable. On the surface, step 1 seems relatively straightforward. And for many addicts it is. For these lucky individuals, simply walking into a treatment center, a therapist’s office, or a 12 step meeting and asking for help is a full and complete admission of powerlessness and unmanageability. However, other recovering addicts must continually battle with denial about their disease. These addicts must consciously and purposefully work step 1 if they hope to establish and maintain lasting sobriety.… Continue reading

Alpine Horizons Rehab Facility Switzerland – By Nicola O’Hanlon

In October I was invited to visit Alpine Horizons, a new rehabilitation facility in Switzerland that deals with addiction treatment and preventative programs for those at risk. I was given access to some of the program activities and taken through the program structures, all of which are impressive. Their team of international experts is headed by Chief Counselor Bridget Cullen, a fellow Irish Woman. Bridget developed all the programs offered at Alpine Horizons. She has extensive experience working with addicts, family services and private practice in individual therapy. Having spoken with her and the owner of the facility at length regarding her ideas on combating the issue of addiction, it’s clear that she feels prevention and education is the way forward. I absolutely agree with her. And the education needs to not only be about the harm and risks of using drugs and drinking alcohol, but also in the form… Continue reading