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Dr. Peter Butkins, LMFT, LCAP, LMHC, CAP, BCC has over 45 years in the addiction and mental health counseling fields. His expertise is based on personal, professional and academic experiences. Having owned and directed two treatment centers, he has experience as clinical director/supervisor as well as with direct services, providing individual treatment and facilitating recovery groups and family treatment services. Being a seasoned therapist, consultant, teacher and author on addiction, Dr. Butkins is dedicated to arresting the chemical dependence problem. His current publications include Tried and True Methods to get Sober, and Clean, Tried and True Ways to get Your Child Sober and Clean and Sober and Separated.

Families with addictive members suffer incredibly.

Too many times I have sat with mothers and fathers, spouses and children who have lost their loved one to addiction. And the person is sitting there. It is no longer the loved one they knew.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins        

(407) 786-1913 

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Families of addiction can learn to influence, not control.

 

The need to control is a tremendous burden that taxes the emotions, mind and spirit because it is impossible to change another. Influence means taking care of self and setting limits for others.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins        

(407) 786-1913 

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Treatment for addiction is much easier than using drugs and alcohol.

 

At the end, using drugs and alcohol is demeaning, joyless and makes the true person unrecognizable.

Addiction owns the addict. Life becomes fruitless and dreams disappear in deference to the substance. Get out and stay out when you see it.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Addiction treatment can be highly effective.

 

Use a reputable place with counselors who are in recovery.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

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Families can help an addict/alcoholic into treatment.

 

I have experienced much success with addiction by helping the family return to stability and ;leverage' their loved on to treatment. Families are the most powerful influence when guided by a responsible, trained 'coach.'.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Re-entering the world sober and clean.

Early recovery from addiction entails listening and learning how. After a year or two, it involves using the learned tools to gain insight into new ways to cope with our new lives, i.e., people and sober reality (jobs, school, socializing, relationships, feelings...).

                                                         

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Addiction gets old and fails us.

The good times have past and the drug is now causing pain, not a high. Reason is gone. Turn to others who are clean and sober. Your best friend has left.          

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Recovery from addiction means freedom from control.

 

When we surrender, we win.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

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Abusers quit drugs and alcohol. Addicts do not. Get an accurate diagnosis.

Abusers quit drugs and alcohol. Addicts do not. Get an accurate diagnosis.

When abusive drug/alcohol use creates consequences, the abuser quits becase it is not relieving pain. The addict keeps abusing because of loss of control and cravings.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Get an accurate diagnosis of your "addiction." 

                 

If addicted, you cannot succeed on your own. If abusing, you can.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Addicted or dependent? Treatment is different for each.

Addicted or dependent? Treatment is different for each.

The dependent person has been exposed to an addictive dug. He or she needs abstinence. The addict/alcoholic will become addicted to almost any mood-altering chemical and needs abstinence and tools to fend off cravings.

Make sure you get an accurate diagnosis.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Recovery from addiction comes with change that happens when we accept help and work at mental, emotional and spiritual growth.

 

There is no magic cure for addiction. Our deep seated fears, resentments, guilt and sadness must be resolved for us to prosper. This is not hard yet it takes time.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

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Recovery from addiction is new, not difficult. Learning involves repetition.

 

Be open-minded to self diagnosis and then be open to learning from successful recovering people. If you are struggling with intense anger, fear, guilt or sadness, get outside help.

Recovery is easier with help.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

(407) 786-1913 

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Suspect in Edwin Jackson's death is a drunk driver. Drinking and driving is a crime!!!

Colts mourn Edwin Jackson.

Family and teammates remember Indianapolis Colts LB Edwin Jackson’s big smile; the 26-year-old and a second man were killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning. (AP)

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While trying to get and stay sober & clean, be the student and not the teacher.

In early recovery from drugs/alcohol, we don't learn much when we are talking.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins   

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The best life is a sober and clean life. If I can do it, you can do it!

 

A life of being altered is not being involved in why we were put here. This is not our world. We are all joined and here to be purposeful. Self absorption get old. Recovery is living a good life.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Recovery is NEW, not hard.

 

We merely need to walk in the shoes of successful people who are clean and sober and will help us to recover. You find these in 12 STEP meetings. Go and find them, we're waiting to help you.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins

(407) 786-1913       

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We must see the pain that addiction created through us.

 

We have to be clear headed enough to see the harm we have done to our families, children, parents, brothers and sisters and spouses and relatives...

The family knows that we love the addiction more than them!

Then we begin a journey of making it up to them and ourselves.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins

(407) 786-1913       

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Recovery from Alcohol and Drug addiction is the best thing that ever happened to me.

 

This is my truth. I am free to go and do what I want. No more chains of addiction for today. Life eventually became joyous.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Trying to get sober and clean on your own is a fight with a pro.

 

We can attain a sober and clean lifestyle through support from a Higher Power and those who have been sober and clean. Our own efforts give us despair and depression. Twelve Step Programs breed JOY.

"I stopped at a meeting on the way to my funeral." - Anonymous

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins

(407) 786-1913 

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