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The Sad and Suffering

Originally posted on My Life In The Middle Ages:
“It says here that less than a year ago you tried to hang yourself?” I’m asking this of a young woman, not yet thirty, as part of her intake assessment to…

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Chasing the Butterfly

From Each Day A New Beginning, July 19: ‘At fifteen, life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.’—Maya Angelou “We had to surrender to a power greater … Continue reading

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THE CONFOUNDING NATURE OF ADDICTION

Dr. MacAfee told me, When families are in the throes of struggling with addiction, they do what they know best: They help and support the addict. Families, however, do not anticipate that the nature of addiction is one of exploitation, … Continue reading

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Letting Go — Magnolia Beginnings

I resolve to take back the remnants of my life, and then it happens- in the shifting swiftness of everything, cyclone-like, pulling me into the center of the chaos without a chance to grasp on to myself- I plummet, head-first, … Continue reading

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Magnolia, Process, and a Flawed System

Originally posted on The Addict In My Basement:
? This is the story of one young man’s willingness to get help, and the three women with the determination to find him that help. Picture it: The year was 2017, the…

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The Yellow Brick Road

A Member Shares on Recovery: “The Yellow Brick Road” “We are both on a path, the addict and I. When I think of this path, I often remember the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz. Has anyone ever … Continue reading

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“IT NEVER STOPS HURTING” 

My reflection: My prayer is simple: may this entry bring comfort to another mom or dad, brother or sister. Today’s Promise to consider: We must join our voices into the resounding chorus that clamors for help for our addicted loved … Continue reading

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HONESTY IS IMPERATIVE

This is part of a series of monthly posts that reference many conversations with Dr. MacAfee. Thanks, Doc. A client and friend of Dr. MacAfee, the mother of a recovering addict wrote to me: One of the most important lessons … Continue reading

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MEGYN KELLY JUN 25 2017, 7:00 PM ETHow to Find a Good Drug Treatment Program and Avoid the Bad Onesby LISA RIORDAN SEVILLE, HANNAH RAPPLEYE and ANNA R. SCHECTER

There’s also a vibrant network of online groups have also cropped up, like those run by the nonprofit Magnolia New Beginnings. Founder Maureen Cavanagh said members in the closed groups are vetted, so once they’re inside, they can trust that … Continue reading

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Suffering Is Optional

  From Hope for Today, January 30: “The alcoholic was obsessed with alcohol, and I was obsessed with the alcoholic. I watched, monitored, controlled, and exercised my need to feel hurt. I felt self-pity, embarrassment, superiority, resentment, and anger. All … Continue reading

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