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Abstinence is not sobriety.

 

Recovery means much work on thoughts, feelings and subsequent actions. Behaviors must change from self-centered to altruistic. This takes time and work.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Families of addiction have been severely damaged.

 

Years of repair have to be completed. All members need to heal from the fears, angers, shame and sadness that the disease of addiction breeds. There is no magic cure.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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In an addictive family, watch who is in charge.

 

Do not let the fear of relapse back to drugs or alcohol prevent you from setting boundaries.

Do the right thing! Don't let an addict 'run the show/'

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913

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Families of addicts/alcoholics need help too.

 

The damage done to family members is untold. They do not have a way to escape like the addict.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913

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Families of addicts are the best source of change.

 

I have worked with hundreds of addicts/alcoholics who have broken denial because of the families pain and resultant courage to become healthy.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913

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Family unity means that the parents are in charge.

 

When healthy (non alcohol/drug users) parents are united, the family can survive anything, even addiction. If this is not the case, one healthy family member can move mountains.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Helping others is admirable. Helping an addict should be done with caution.

The best defense against the disease of addiction is a united family, especially the parents.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Get treatment for addiction from those who know addiction.

 

Ask how long your therapist has practiced treatment of addiction  and if s/he specializes in it. Use only those who do this as a specialty and who know about 12 step treatment.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913    

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We are ready to stop addiction when we have suffered enough.

The pain must outweigh the pleasure. True addiction is the search for euphoria in the absence of pleasure.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913    

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We must be willing to learn.

 

Our whole lives we are taught to be self-sufficient, take control, get the job done... We must return to earlier times when we were students - of recovery. After all, we are always students.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Recovery from any drug, including alcohol, is possible if you are teachable.

 

The only ones who do not get sober and clean are those who think they are better. Follow those who have succeeded. Give up trying to beat the game.'

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One of the top ten most important things to know about recovery from addiction.

 

We need the pain and loss to get sober and clean but we don't wallow in it.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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The #1 secret of recovery from addiction.

 

It is much, much easier than being intoxicated!

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

(407) 786-1913

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Three things you must know about getting sober and clean.

 

1.It involves actions that are different.

2. It involves actions that you did not think up.

3. It involves actions that work.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Three things you must know about addiction.

 

1. It is a disease. We do not sign up for it.

2. Addictive fun stops somewhere along the way as tolerance builds.

3. It is highly treatable.    

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Have you had enough of a beating from addiction?

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Do you remember the good times before it turned on you?

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Recovery from addiction requires breaking denial and work.

 

Hitting a hard bottom and being aware of the pain as a direct result from using drugs and/or alcohol creates motivation to work through the beginning changes. We can't think ourselves sober and clean.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Substance abuse treatment beginnings.

The most important variables when beginning treatment for drug/alcohol addiction are detoxification and an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Addiction Treatment is work. 

  

There is no magic pill to help with years of built up guilt. shame. anger, fear and sadness let alone the shock of waking up to find you have these feelings. Recovery means much work. It is worth it and easier than the slow death of addiction.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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Heroin Addiction treatment is similar to treatment from any drug.

 

Treatment is not a complex or magical process. It is a matter of hitting a hard bottom, getting rid of enablers and doing what sober and clean people have done to become successful in recovery.

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Dr. Peter A. Butkins                           

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