Count to 10

Count to 10

There are people who passionately argue pigs are smarter than dogs. .  . I strongly suspect if I had written in my first blog “it’s no sense teaching a dog to dance, because a dog can’t dance – and it irritates the dog. . .” I would have gotten complaints from addicts to the tune of, “Are […]

The Simplicity of Treatment

The Simplicity of Treatment

Without loving or caring for others most of us stand little chance of sustained sobriety no matter how many years we spend in a rigorous yoga practice.  While yoga provides a powerful entry to recovery treatment for any addict, even one in active throes of addictive behaviors, yoga will fail to create sustained recovery as long […]

More on the Complexity of Addiction

More on the Complexity of Addiction

“The cause of all our personal problems and nearly all the problems of the world can be summed up in a single sentence: Human life is very deep, and our modern dominant lifestyle is not.” – Bo Lozoff Years ago, I knew an addict I’ll called Anzaia P (not his real name.) Anzaia P. entered addiction counseling within […]

Americans and Obesity

Americans and Obesity

I made a bad transition when I moved to the mainland.  How bad could it be? Bad.  I didn’t understand the slang, the body language, the cultural values or norms.  I found my whole professional wardrobe inappropriate.  I found my University of Hawai’i degree impressed no one, my resume, meaningless.  ouch. Unable to continue working in the […]

The complexity of Addiction

The complexity of Addiction

Earlier this week I blogged on the perplexity of domestic violence.  Today, we get to consider the complexity of addiction.  Why not? Far too often the issues intertwine, effecting one another.  Addiction, when treated as a “disease” receives both benefit and hindrance from the re-definition.  As a disease it can be treated.  Treatment is more effective  than […]