Addiction – Sustaining Abstinence With or Without Chronic Pain

Recovery from addiction—with or without chronic pain as a co-occurring disorder—is the process of sustaining abstinence and learning and practicing the awareness and skills necessary to live a whole, healthy, and healed life. These two elements reinforce one another: sustained abstinence creates the opportunities to learn and practice the skills that facilitate growth and healing,…

Recovery from Addiction – Practice Makes Perfect

If translating awareness into action means learning the approaches and techniques that work, and then practicing them with persistence and dedication (and it does), consistency and repetition are key. Through daily repetition, multimodal recovery practice deepens the conscious and unconscious memory tracks that guide me further in the direction of health, healing, and wholeness. Neural…

Changing Patterns for Sustained Recovery – Erickson’s Four Stages of Learning

The process of changing patterns of living requires conscious (a.k.a. mindful) and conscientious awareness, along with extraordinary patience and persistent practice. This applies to moving from a life in active addiction and chronic pain to one in recovery from both. It also ties in to one’s evolution from the need to be right to remaining…