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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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Recovery from the pain and loss of addiction is much easier than drinking and using.

Once begun, recovery is so much better that it becomes a reward in itself. 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.'

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

Best Wishes,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Don't give up on your loved one. Recovery takes time. Set boundaries & don't give up.

 

You can take care of yourself and your family if you get a good understanding of the disease and learn how to fend for yourself during the storm. Get off the merry-go-round of addiction by seeing a good addictions therapist who knows the problem and the solution for addiction as well as treatment for co-dependency. You can't afford not to do this and you have the time. Be good to yourself and get support and advice from a caring therapist who will show you how to steer the ship while you heal. Al-anon will help you find others who have 'been there' and no longer are.

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

Best Wishes,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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Recovery from addiction is a gift.

All it takes to get the gift is honesty and willingness to ask for help. In other words, humility. It is the best gift I have been given.

Dr. Pete Butkins 

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Recovery is a process, not an event. Lead your loved one to recovery by not subsidizing the addiction process.

Support the recovery process with love. "I'm here for you when you want help." Efforts at helping when he or she is not ready can feed the addiction. Assertively and lovingly let your loved one know that you can't help until they ask for help. If he or she asks, do whatever it takes to support recovery. Get help to find out how to do this.

 

Addiction is extremely treatable!

 

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

Best Wishes,

 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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A word on crisis change - People change because of pain and loss or clarity of conscience.

Forced change because of adverse consequences does not last unless we break denial and decide that we are responsible for our success and take better actions.

We don't make lasting changes for the judge, job, society, our critics, spouse or parents... until we see that we need to change because we do not like our results. We do not change unless we want to or must. 

Doc Pete

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Everything you need to know about helping your LOVED ONE get sober and clean.

 

Tried and True Methods to Get Sober and Clean 

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

www.createspace.com

Thank you for helping arrest this epidemic,

 

Dr. Pete Butkins                            

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Hope springs eternal - Alexander Pope, 1732.

 

'If I can get sober and clean, anyone can.' I have heard hundreds of addicts/alcoholics say this. No matter the drug, cocaine, opiates, alcohol, cannabis, crystal meth, crack, benzos... there is a way out that I have found.

There is HOPE for the suffering addict/alcoholic. Hope leads to faith and faith leads to recovery.

 

We merely must do what successful recovering people have done. There are millions of them available to help you. Just ask! You will find hope and a home.

Have a safe and happy journey,

 

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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Lou Diamond Phillips - great actor - DUI, 11-03-17. 'It will never happen again.'

 

I loved him as Richie Valens in La Bamba. Great portrayal of a great singer.   

Lesson to be learned from his DUI: He is saying what most drinkers say, "It will never happen again" The illusion of control kills most drinkers and drug abusers. Loss of control is difficult to admit as it feels like a weakness. However, 'surrender to win' is the key to sobriety. It doesn't cost anything to be open-minded and it may save your live. Overconfidence is one of the key re;apse signs along with resentments and prescription medications (David Ohlms, M.D., 1986).

He also apologized for the misihap, a great showing of humility.

I hope he is ok.

Love and Peace,

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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After abstinence, the essence of recovery from addiction is character building.

This journey takes years and much time in meetings and with the steps. Uncovering and repair is a lifelong endeavor.

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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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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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence often follows drinking/drugging.

 

When we ingest very small amounts of alcohol and even some drugs, our inhibitions leave and our judgment becomes very poor. Violence can be inevitable.

Hidden scars include emotional, mental, physical, financial and social pain.  Survivors last but they don't always live.The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Dr. Peter A. Butkins

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Don't let a PUNK steal your spirit!!!

Hidden scars include emotional, mental, physical, financial and social pain.  Survivors last but they don't always live.

We have no right to hurt others without provocation!                         

Bullies are cowards at the act of living. Find help at:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

 

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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