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Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is a Gift of Mercy!!!

 

Go to Holiday events with other recovering people. Watch for overconfidence. Protect your gift.

 

Best Wishes,              

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913

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Marijuana is also called wacky weed.

 

THC does not leave the body like alcohol. Cannabis stays in the system and lodges in the receptor sites of the brain. It interferes with memory and reason.

 

Bad idea!

 

Best Wishes,              

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913             

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Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is truly a Gift of Grace!!!

Call recovering people daily, especially your sponsor.

Get through the Holidays ODAT 

Best Wishes,              

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913

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Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is truly a Treasure!!!

 

Go to daily meetings. Go to Alcathons.

Allow yourself to relax and take the Holidays as a series of days that you can get through "one day at a time." Best Wishes,    

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913

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Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is truly a Present!!!

 

Many times unresolved grief emerges during the holiday season.

Grieving is very painful for a recovering person in early recovery. Pent up feelings that have been building for years can make the loss seem unbearable. Remember to talk, vent, share and unload therapeutically. This may be new and well worth it because it is healing. Help-seeking behavior is a MUST in recovery. Self-disclosure is a close second.

Reality takes some getting 'used to' but you will learn from this experience to grieve in a healing way. Remember, "This too shall Pass." Don't drink or drug and you can be there for self and others.

Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is truly a Present!!!

Best Wishes,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Addiction Recovery Holiday Redirection - Recovery is truly a Present!!!

               

Recovery is work. However, the good news is that it's good work, the pay is excellent and the pension is even better!!!

GIVE YOUR FAMILY A SOBER HOLIDAY!!!

 

Best Wishes,

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

(407) 786-1913

 

P.S. Bring your own car to parties. Leave when you want; protect you recovery.

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Addiction Recovery Redirection - Recovery is truly a rare present - Few get it.

Put recovery, meetings, steps, sponsor.. FIRST and you will get back or get to keep the job, money, family, play or a relationship.

Learn from me and not the disease and its pain. Be wise and learn from watching, listening and reading.

Recovery is work, However, the good news is that it's good work, pay is excellent and the pension is even better!!!

GIVE YOUR FAMILY A SOBER HOLIDAY!!!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913

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Addiction Recovery Redirection - Recovery is truly a Better Way of LIFE!!!

 

Recovery meetings will bring Hope if you work for it. Put about 30% of the effort that you put into drinking and/or drugging. Prioritize recovery and you will get things back. Put job, money, family, play or a relationship in front of your recovery and you will lose the job, money, family, play or a relationship. 

Put recovery, meetings, steps, sponsor.. first and you will get back or get to keep the job, money, family, play or a relationship.

Learn from me and not the disease and its pain. Be wise and learn from watching, listening and reading.

The good news - It's good work, pay is excellent and the pension is even better!!!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

(407) 786-1913

P.S. Recovery is a JOY!

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There is no "Magic Pill' that gets you sober and clean. It takes commitment/work.

We must be committed to recovery, not merely involved. This is like having ham and eggs for breakfast. The chicken is involved but the pig is committed. (Anonymous)

Recovery for addicts/alcoholics entails not acting, feeling, behaving or thinking like an addict/alcoholic. This new way of life takes years to master but one day to begin. It is best achieved by being with and learning from those who have 'been down' and have 'come back.'

 

Best Wishes, 

 Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

    

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When the pain of addiction outweighs the pleasure of 'using', recovery is possible.

Recovery takes works and readiness. The good news is that recovery far surpasses the turmoil of 'using.'

Buckle up for a great ride. Recovery gets gooder and gooder.

 

Doc Pete

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In recovery from addiction, we eventually find a 'way of life' that far surpasses addiction!

We find peace and a Purpose instead of bondage. We find that we now belong; we have friends who know us. We appreciate our life and the people in it. Work for this and you will prosper!

"Don't quit until the miracle happens - Anonymous.

Have a safe and happy journey,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Treatment for addiction is different than traditional treatment for 'people problems.' 

Addicts/alcoholics are usually preoccupied with their fears and complaints. We mistakenly get diagnosed with anxiety disorder because of this. Over the past 31 years,I have seen hundreds of addicts/alcoholics stop shaking after participating in twelve-step meetings for just one or two months.

We need to get out of ourselves and not focus more on self. Our chief problem is worry over self. It's wonderful to know that we don't have to do this anymore.

'Our very survival depends upon constant thought of others' (AA book, 1928).

Addicts/alcoholics need to think of others more and self less. Balance is the KEY to the door of recovery!

Have a safe and happy journey,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Recovery from addiction takes a while but it works and gets really good.

The first year is up and down and, in my opinion, it's the best year. 'It was the worst of times and it was the best of times.' We learn to cope, hope and enjoy life.

AND it was worth all the time and effort.

 

For more buy my book: Tried and True Methods to Get Sober and Clean at www.createspace.com.

 

Have a safe and happy journey,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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60,000 kids died last year from overdoses. Addiction is highly treatable without drugs.

When the family becomes involved, i.e. gets accurate information on addiction and recovery and learns how to use their leverage, Tough Love works!!!

Take charge of your families parents; do not let an addict/alcoholic take charge of the family or their own treatment program. Their thinking has been warped.

For more buy my book: Know Relief for the Family at www.createspace.com

Thanks for reading this and Best Wishes,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Addiction recovery is highly treatable without drugs. Get the family involved!!!

 When properly educated, empowered and inspired, the family can bring their loved one to treatment.

When loved ones cease to shield him or her from the consequences, the addict/alcoholic becomes motivated to recover. The pain and loss are the answer and can lead to recovery.

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Addiction is chronic. Treatment is a daily program taught by survivors.

Continued vigilance is the cost of abstinent happy recovering people. Actions, not words.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Relapse and complacency return when we fail to hang onto the pain that got us to recovery. 

Knowledge fades when we feel the euphoric recall and our disease becomes activated. It comes out of hiding. We need a daily reminder at twelve step meetings of the awful damage done to us by this baffling disease. If we stop associating with our recovering friends, stop praying, stop reading our literature and stop trying to help the new person, we go down for the count. For more buy my book: Tried and True Methods to Get Sober and Clean at www.createspace.com.

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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October is domestic violence month. Here are some guidelines:

 

SAFETY ALERT:

If you are in danger call 911.
Or reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline 
at 1­-800-799-7233 or TTY 1­-800-787-3224.

If you are in immediate danger, please:

·         Call 911.

·         Contact your local hotline.

·         Contact a national hotline:

·         Call the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

·         Call, text or chat Love Is Respect—the U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453, text "loveis" to 77054 or live chat at http://www.loveisrespect.org.

·         Call the U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), which automatically connects you to a local U.S. rape crisis program based on the area code of your phone number. Secure, online private chat is available at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/.

 

Remember: Corded phones are more private and less able to be intercepted than cordless phones or analog cell phones.

 

Be Aware: You may not be able to reach 911 using an Internet phone or Internet-based phone service, so you may need to be prepared to use another phone to call 911.

 

Contact your local domestic violence program, shelter, or rape crisis center to learn about free cell phone donation programs.

 

 

Tips for Using Technology

If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are.

Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don't need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone's computer and Internet activities. Anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor with programs like Spyware, keystroke loggers, and hacking tools.

It is not possible to delete or clear all the "footprints" of your computer or online activities.

If you are being monitored, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.

If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious.

You may want to keep using the monitored computer for innocuous activities, like looking up the weather. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan, to look for new jobs, apartments or bus tickets, or to ask for help.

Email and Instant/Text Messaging (IM) are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life.

If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.

Computers can store a lot of private information.

This includes what you look at via the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, Internet-based phone and IP-TTY calls you make, Web-based purchases and banking, and many other activities.

It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC), at a trusted friend's house, or at an Internet Cafe. Modern technology and social networks change frequently. Educate yourself by reading about the NRCDV's Tech Safety Resources. This special collection of selected articles, fact sheets, papers, reports and other materials are designed to assist advocates and survivors interested in understanding the safe use of technology.

 

 

 

https://nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history 2017

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Addiction Recovery is much better and easier than using.

Let's work toward an educated remedy for treating addicts which includes a spiritual approach and not a pill. Recovery is a blessing and life becomes a joy without drugs and alcohol.

 

Dr. Pete Butkins (407) 786-1913           

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Effective recovery from addiction involves abstinence from all mood-altering chemicals plus character building.

Effective recovery from addiction involves abstinence from all mood-altering chemicals plus character building. Total abstinence gives the addict/alcoholic a chance to recover from the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical damge he has done by giving up the devious ways and then paying back for the harm he or she has done. This usually takes many months and should be done in the mainstream of life.

Addicts/alcoholics must want to get sober and clean because of their severe pain and loss. Then there is much work to do. Ideally, this is done with and by those who have 'been there' in the Twelve Step programs. It is beneficial to be mentored by a good therapist as the addict/alcoholic goes through the first year or two. A personal trusting relationship with a good therapist who has been there and a good outpatient group can save the person from the old self.

 

Dr. Pete Butkins                                                                           

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