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Dr. Peter Butkins blog entries for MyFreedomQuest.com

Anyone can get and stay sober and clean.

 

It is a matter of surrender to a process that is successful. Find the successful recovering people and do what they do. Stop fighting and trying to control it alone.

Love and Peace,                                                           

Dr. Peter A. Butkins, LMT, MCAP  (407) 786-1913

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Drug and alcohol addiction is highly treatable.

 

Treatment works when the addict/alcoholic does the recovery actions that has worked for millions.

Love and Inner Peace,                                                           

Dr. Peter A. Butkins, LMT, MCAP  (407) 786-1913

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Alcoholism still runs rampant in the United States.

About 43% of U.S. adults, 76 million people, have had alcoholism in the family. www.alcoholism-statistics.com/family-statistics (2013). 

Over the decades, it always comes back to alcoholism.

Doc Pete

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Getting sober and clean was and still is the best thing that has happened to me!

July is a special month for me as I celebrate my sobriety anniversary.

Thank God for the twelve step programs.

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It difficult if not impossible to understand addiction because all we see is the aberrant behavior and not the unintentional loss of control.

Alcoholics are still responsible even though we do not plan our downfall.

Dr Peter A. Butkins, LMT

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Addiction is highly treatable without drugs.

There is a prescription for successful recovery that I teach at My Freedom Quest. My intensive outpatient program works when addicts/alcoholics follow 'my lead' consistently. After 50 years of helping people obtain successful recovery, I'm getting the hang of it. Call for more (407) 786-1913.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Addiction is the pursuit of happiness in the absence of pleasure - R. Heilman, c1986.

Addiction is the best kept secret, even to the addict.

Doc Pete

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Children always know that their alcoholic father is more in love with the bottle than them.

Addiction affects family members in ways the alcoholic can't see.  He is to consumed with self.  There is much work to do in reconstructing the family. Abstinence is but the beginning.

Love and Peace,

Doc Pete

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Happy Sober New Year's!!!

Staying sober for the Holiday is very different for someone who has a problem abstaining.  Congratulations on a happy sober holiday.  Keep it going by doing more of what you have been doing.

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Lamar Odom - Surviver of drug overdose on Cocaine: A Pandemic Lesson.

When Charlie Sheen was hypomanic after serious drug episodes, we glamorized and the media sensationalized his downfall, focusing on the self-centered and childish manner in which he spoke and acted.  The lessons passed us by.  I did a You Tube video on his drug abuse spectacle, stating that I thought he could educated the world on addiction if he chose.  He chose not to, similar to many celebrities who also make this choice. I don't understand why those who have a microphone don't use it to give accurate information about addiction.  If IN recovery, they are the experts. 

We need to look as Lamar Odom's path as typical of anyone who has this problem.  The problem progresses until loss of control is obvious, use continues and, if no one sets boundaries, detaches or ends the relationship with a qualified message that, "when the abuse stops, we can be together again," the abuse progresses further and the problem gets worse until death or institutionalization. Consequences must be felt by the abuser, not shielded from awareness and thus rationalized by the abuser and his enablers.

I watched Anna Nicole Smith on Howard Stern's show when she was very intoxicated and the addiction was ignored.  Elvis was given drugs by those who were entrusted to care for him. Numerous overdoses are covered up by caretakers who live off the celebrity. The stories go on and on...

If the media would focus on the educating the public about addiction and forget the money, we can learn a great deal about the real truth of addiction, how it treacherously enters the lives of our loved ones and how no one knows what to do or stay until they get outraged and explode or just leave.  We must begin to "Just Say Something" while we can still be caring and logical and help those who are under the spell of addiction. They are on their way to a torturous death. 

See my book on www.Amazon.com for more, Know Relief for the Family, Butkins (2012).

Doc Pete

Thanks for your support  I can accomplish nothing without you.

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Lamar Odom Had a "Miraculous Recovery" But Is Not Out of the Woods: Get the Details on His Condition

 

 

Lamar Odom's recovery from a drug overdose and almost three-day coma has been described as "miraculous," but he is not out of the woods yet, E! News has learned exclusively.

As of Friday evening, the 35-year-old former NBA star remains on dialysis due to kidney failure. Also, while he appears to be "neurologically intact," doctors won't know the extent of the possible brain damage he had suffered until he is fully awake.

On Friday morning, he woke up and spoke for the first time since he was hospitalized on Tuesday following a drug overdose at a brothel in Nevada, telling Khloé Kardashian, "Hey baby," and giving her the thumbs up. E! News has learned that Odom, who is very groggy while coming off sedation, was also able to say "good morning." He is following and comprehending commands and giving the thumbs up and thumbs down when answering, which are good signs.

A hospital source had told E! News this week Odom appeared to have suffered an "ischemic stroke," which is caused by a blood clot preventing blood flow to the brain and is often associated with an overdose of cocaine and other drugs. The source had said at the time "virtually every drug imaginable" was found in Odom's system.

NEWS: Everything we know about Lamar Odom's hospitalization

E! News has also learned Odom is "100 percent breathing on his own." He is wearing a non rebreather mask that is pumping oxygen. He had previously been hooked up to a ventilator. Many were in shock when they heard the news he no longer needed it. The next step is to wean him off the oxygen. However, if his body weakens, he may have to be placed back on the ventilator.

Odom also recently had a normal EKG test, which showed his heart is functioning normally. His heart rate and blood pressure are good.

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MLB GM Brian Cashman supports CC Sabathia's life choice over baseball game.

MLB GM Brian Cashman declared that CC Sabathia had a 'life issue' and said that this is bigger than the game (ESPN, 10-04-15). It's encouraging to hear a sports leader valuing recovery.  Maybe there is hope.

Doc Pete

 

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CC Sabathia goes to alcohol rehab - Says family is more important than baseball!

Great message!!! Sabathia and GM emphasize the grave nature of addiction and the harm done to self and family.  Great message!!!

It's about time that sports supported recovery.  Sabathia took a stand for his recovery - He prioritized recovery over the world series.  That's what recovering people need to do in order to get and stay sober and clean.  We need to place recovery first, over ALL else!.  Period.

Doc Pete

Thanks for your support.  I can't do much without you.

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Recovery lessons contradict Mental Health lessons - Paradoxes of learning!

An example is when I was in graduate school taking counseling classes and was told that we have to take charge of our life.  Then in recovery I was instructed to give up control of my life as I had no control.

The paradox unwinds when I use a Higher Power (HP) to give me control and then I can act from an illusion of control.

I have power through a Higher Power.  I did not birth myself and I have little control over death.  In between, I have free will.  When I give this to an HP, I have control and live without much fear or negativity.  I like this choice. Nothing else makes sense.

Doc Pete

Thx for your support.  I can do little without you.

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Drug Dangers; A Fatal Disease - You Never Know!!!

When an M.D. prescribes a medication that is mood-altering, one never knows how it will affect the patient.  Different medications can have more extreme side effects for certain people.  When a person takes a 'street drug', the effects are a gamble with one's life.  Read results below from MSN.com homepage, 9-11-15.  These are not rare occasions.  I see them in my practice and I have a pulse on the community of Central Florida and see tragedy weekly.  Addiction is usually fatal!!!  

Doc Pete

 

 

 

 

 

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Major League Coach suspended for alcohol related problems...

Yahoo news (9-07-15) announced that Coach Moeller was suspended indefinitely but the article went on for four paragraphs before mentioning in the fifth paragraph that alcohol was involved.  This is typical of the avoidance of media when reporting drug and alcohol problems, especially with celebrities in the public eye.  I have been witnessing this since the 1970's. Usually, the alcohol and/or drug report is hidden or avoided by placing it at the end of the  article.  With obituaries that are alcohol or drug related, it is usually missing.  Coroners are usually lay persons and do not want to shame the family.  While this is understandable, it helps to proliferate the fallacy that addiction can be controlled with will power and, if you cannot do this, you are weak.  I wonder how many broken-hearted parents and significant others have unintentionally angrily spread this fallacy.i

If we are to arrest this fatal problem we need a synthesized effort, visibility of the fatality of addiction and accurate information about the primary, progressive, chronic and fatal nature of addiction.  Any disease that cause cancer, heart attacks, kills diabetics and is so easily treatable has to be visible.  Doc Pete

The article follows:

A troubled NFL coach has been suspended a second time since coming to the league.

 

Andy Moeller, the Cleveland Browns' offensive line coach, has been suspended indefinitely "effective immediately," according to a team-issued statement.

 

It continues:

“Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously. We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters. We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

Although the Browns did not go into details of the incident in question, Vince Grzegorek of Cleveland Scene reported that Moeller was not arrested but that police were called to his house. The incident reportedly involved a woman from Maryland and the case now is in the hands of the prosecutor who is waiting for the incident report to be filed by the police officer. 

 

Moeller has had repeated run-ins with the law in the NFL. In what was his third alcohol-related incident in a four-year span, Moeller was convicted on DUI charges in 2011. He was with the Baltimore Ravens at the time and said, per The Sporting News at the time, "I understand the seriousness of the charges and take responsibility. I will never put myself in this position again."

Moeller has been with the Browns since the start of the 2013 season after six seasons with the Ravens. Previously, Moeller — the son of former Michigan coach Gary Moeller — worked in college at Army, Missouri and Michigan over the previous two decades. He also played college football at Michigan.

The Browns have an assistant offensive line coach, George DeLeone, who presumably will take over full responsibility of coaching the offensive line until there is a resolution on Moeller's status. 

Obviously, this is a bad look for a team that is trying to earn its way back to respectability and has had more distractions, such as Johnny Manziel and his off-field trouble as a rookie, than success stories of late.

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"Isn't that Interesting?"

I learned this response to most questions to which I did not know the answer.  I had to stop saying, "I know!", in order to learn much of anything.  As long as I knew everything, or mostly everything, I couldn't learn new things.  I thank Bill Reidler for this sage response.

Doc Pete 

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The Power of Recovery.

We are able to go anywhere and do anything as long as we do not 'use'.  Bring your dreams to Recovery.

 

Doc Pete

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Hope - Eternal Humility.

Awareness that we do not control much of anything leads to belief, faith and finally trust that there is a path of peace and righteousness that we can attain.  We will never attain perfection - the journey is the goal.

Doc Pete

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My Freedom Quest has successful Family Program!

Family treatment is included at no extra cost to parents, spouses and siblings of Intensive Outpatient Program clients.  Family members now have a forum to resolve old wounds, learn how to set and maintain boundaries and take responsibility for their recovery, not the recovery of the addict/alcoholic.  I'm proud to have this part of the recovery component at My Freedom Quest be so effective.  Addiction treatment is greatly enhanced with the cooperation of the families.

Doc Pete

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Recovery means new ways.

Recovery from any addiction is best accomplished, i.e., learned, developed and maintained by new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  These involve laying a solid foundation and a firm commitment afterward.  A guide is necessary to accomplish this.

Doc Pete

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