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Medical Cannabis1With the rise of marijuana use for medicinal purposes the question in the back of people's minds these days, especially professionals practicing in family law is, "Is all this marijuana use dangerous?" The ScienceDaily (Feb. 10, 2012) includes the following

SG Signs You May Be a Functional Addict 722x406Over the years I have found that most people come up with a stereotype – down and out, drinks in the morning, can't hold a job, and can't function in the world. In actuality, this describes a very small percentage of people who meet medical criteria for alcohol dependence. A good many of people who are dependent on alcohol are able to hold jobs, own homes, and function in the world. The term "functional alcoholic " best describes this kind of alcoholic.

cmWhen you are coached by me, here are the things I believe...

  • There is no such thing as hopeless. Anyone can change.
  • Relapse is an indicator not a failure.
  • Addiction is not a sign of weakness. It is a neurochemical, biological, psychosocial, and spiritual problem.
  • 12-Step programs are highly effective though not for everyone. There are other support systems available if the 12-Step program is not for you.
  • Recovery is not a philosophy but a program of action that must include changes in thinking as well as behaviors.
  • Abstinence is not enough. Some kind of ongoing recovery/counseling support is needed to heal.
  • Substances and addictive behaviors are the solution not the problem. Untreated emotional pain, and problems of living are the problem.
  • Untreated emotional pain and interpersonal conflicts are the biggest reasons why people relapse or are unhappy in sobriety.
  • Anxiety is easily treatable without mood-altering medications.
  • Emotional pain is easily treatable without having to drudge up the past.
  • Permanent healing occurs only
  • Person everyone also reimbursement pretty when the deepest issue is identified and resolved.
  • Change in perception is the most successful kind of change

 

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