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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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When disturbed, our communication is disturbed.

Recovery entails taking responsibility for our anger, fears and hurts that hinder good relationships and eliminate all chances for mature negotiation.

Dr.P. Butkins

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Continual forgiveness, changes in behavior of all family members and trust building are the keys to family recovery.

All family members must give up the desire for dominance over anyone. Family unity is achieved through negotiation.

Dr. Pete

 

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Families in recovery from addiction do well after a period of healing and spiritual, emotional growth.

Continual forgiveness, changes in behavior and trust building are the keys to family recovery. This is best accomplished after participation in twelve step programs.

Dr. Pete Butkins

 

 

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Addiction recovery successes (long term recovery) stems from hard work in making up for harms done and much prayer.

 Successful recovery means inner peace - a sense that all is well in God's World and we are channels for love and peace.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Getting sober and clean because of a desire to get the job back or keep the wife is temporary.

Lasting recovery begins with surrender due to a severe beating.

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins, LMT

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Enabling protects the family from the truth. Shielding an alcoholic is deadly.

When parents unintentionally protects their child from an alcoholic consequence, the behavior is rewarded and reoccurs. This results in a reinfrcing of the sick mindset that intoxication is justified and can be repeated. No consequences mean no change.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Normal drinkers/pot users get sense of ease and comfort. Addicts/alcoholics get tragedy.

One in about ten is an addict anywhere you go. We cannot drink or or use drugs safely. End of story.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Spiritual growth, living honestly and with true intent to be useful to God and others is the goal of life.

Our very lives depend on constant thought of others (Alcoholics Anonymous, 1939.)

Doc Pete

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Let's focus on solutions to problems like addiction and not create chaos by focusing on manufactured problems or projected complaints.

Addiction is highly treatable by those who have treated themselves, not those who don't know how to treat t. It takes years to understand the solution and be able to reach addicts. Throwing money and drugs at addiction makes it much worse. Call me for the solution. Dr. Peter A. Butkins, LMT

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Recovering people, law, honest treatment professionals and families can arrest the opiate problem.

It will take a synthesis of these people working together with integrity. Greed and power have no place in treatment.

 

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Good recovery requires commitment, not just involvement. #addiction

Commitment can be inspiring, a challenge that uses all of the will power and drive that is left to take recovery actions.Mostly, it takes surrender.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Addiction Research is a Necessity!

Use results from valid and reliable research that is rigorous, has integrity. Bias must be eliminated. Integrity.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Year One of Addiction Recovery Entails Dedication!!!

Getting a new girlfriend, being on mood-altering medication, being a workaholic or being otherwise distracted from your recovery dooms the addict.

Dr. Pete Butkins

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Effective Treatment for DrugAlcohol Addiction.

     Good treatment is best administered by thoes who have 'been there' and know the traps Even more, these people know how to solve the problems that arise the first year or two without medication or other forms of blocking feelings and reality.

     Addicts need to cope with feelings and not regress to anesthetizing them. Anger, fear, remorse and old hurts surface and must be resolved. Those who are sober and clean for years have done this and teach it.

     We need to address this. The addictions field is being monopolized by corporations with little knowledge of effective treatment. AND, it is killing us!!!

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

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A Lesson in Enabling!!! Johnny Manziel Escapes.

Treatment for addiction or domestic violence seldom works unless the perpetrator wants treatment and seeks treatment. The psychic change needed can only be attained by pain and loss that creates humility and motivates the person to ask for help.  Otherwise, treatment is usually done while the perpetrator is in denial. Try changing something that you don't want to change and don't think you have to change and, most importantly, resent the people who want to change you!

Ask any entertainer who has been in the news for addiction treatment or have refused it and continued to harm others. Sometimes tragic events do not motivate because the addict/alcoholic has warped his or her mind.

Look at the recent deaths from addiction. Most people have to die to get sober and clean while addiction is so treatable. The key is too not take away the pain and loss - use it to motivate the person with firm love. Pain is leverage!!!  

Dropped charges lead to dropped treatment.  Addiction is not a game.  Hopefully Trump will learn how to treat it. I hope he reads this blog.

Love and Peace,

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

 

 

 

Johnny Manziel’s assault case dropped if he undergoes anger management, rehab

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Studying the brain will not produce sobriety/clean time or recovery.

Analyzing is what the addict/alcoholic needs to do less.  Intellectualizing gives the illusion of control - again what the addict needs to do less.

Recovery means drug free actions that produce recovery; actions taken by thousands of successfully recovery people who have years and decades of continued abstinence and successful lives.  

Call me if you want to learn how. (407) 786-1913

I have over 50 years of study, addictions training and private practice that has bred much success.I have never accepted a grant. I am sober and clean for over 30 years.

I will never accept a grant. Recovery should not be driven by money.  Saving lives comes first!

Doc Pete

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Twelve-Step works.

Most of the problems occurring when God takes away our drug and alcohol cravings mollify when the twelve-step program is embraced.  This means that the addict/alcoholic goes to daily meetings for three months, obtains a sponsor/coach and does the steps with the sponsor; then he sponsors others.  This results in being neutral about intoxification, arresting negativity and being purposeful and useful to God and others. What's more, it's free!!!

 

Doc Pete

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Recovery 101               P. A. Butkins 09--07-16 Just because you know how to stay sober doesn't mean that you will!

 

Knowing the step, stages and signs of recovery and the symptoms, signals and idiosyncrasies of relapse does not mean that you will stay sober and clean.

Knowing how to sponsor, where the best meetings are, who the best sponsor is, memorizing the step, knowing the traditions, legacies and warranties does not mean you are in recovery.  Attending AA or NA meetings does not mean you are in recovery, an active member.

You can go to meetings often and get worse.

You have to perform the tasks that sober and clean and happy people perform in order to become sober, happy and clean.

Self-knowledge is a way to keep controlling your disease and your world.  God is in charge; He is in control. Stop intellectualizing your disease and act.

Redo the steps, sponsor and do service work at your meeting or club.

Do any service work but do it!

until

you can sponsor. (Put your name on the sponsorship list)

Self-knowledge availed us____________!!!

 

Stay Sober and Prosper,

Doc Pete, the imperfect therapist

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