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The purpose of our podcast is to help families learn the truth about addiction and alcoholism so that they can take the right action to help the addict they love and to help themselves at this critical time in their lives. Exposing the truth about addiction and alcoholism also requires that we bust the myths surrounding both addiction/alcoholism and the recovery process.
 
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In this podcast, Bruno recounts his accelerating descent into the hell that addiction was creating for him. We learn that: This is a classic tale of looking for the geographic cure, that "wherever you go, there you are". We can't outrun the disease. This is a progressive disease that accelerates in its downward trajectory. It never stops unless arr…
 
In this podcast, Bruno J. recalls his early life leading up to the beginning of his journey into alcoholism and drug addiction. He concludes that: It doesn't matter that a young man has a great upbringing if he develops a sense of being exempt from the rules. The desire to escape reality is not a conscious choice; it arises from an immature mind co…
 
In this podcast, between Tony and Bruno J., they discuss what a family can do to get the help they need when they are faced with addiction and/or alcoholism in their family, whether their loved one is living under the same roof or not. We learn that: It is only by educating ourselves and the family that we come to understand that what is happening …
 
In this podcast, we talk with Tony and he shares his experience, knowledge and advice in different areas on how to seek help. We discuss that help is not only needed for your loved ones but also for yourself. We learn: It is often the family who notices changes and differences in their loved ones first and there are usually several patterns and spe…
 
In this podcast, the conversation between Tony and Bruno J. is all about educating oneself, that is: It's only in the latter stages of the disease's progression that the family member(s) actively seek help from the outside. Up to that point, they rely on their own resources without effect and are then subject to confusion and despair. The family be…
 
In this podcast, we discuss how with the benefit of four years of continuous sobriety, Tony is able to recollect with some objectivity his downward spiral and his path to recovery. Here we learned that: Parents are always at a loss of what to do, as they are not educated on the nature of the disease that has taken over their child. Tony's mom, burd…
 
In this podcast, we learn from the dialogue on Vital Matters between Adam and Tony that: Living one day at a time eases the fear of having to stay sober forever, as it focuses one on the here and now. Connected to that idea is the peace that comes with attaining present-moment awareness, a concept that has been taught over the centuries and applica…
 
This podcast is an interview with Adam and Tony, two young men who share the story of recovery from a potentially deadly disorder. The occasion was Adam's two-year milestone beginning with his entering residential treatment in Thailand. We learned about the conversation with Adam and Tony that: In early sobriety, we ourselves don't notice that we a…
 
In this podcast, we describe what the chaos of "desperate enabling" looks like, how it starts and how it can be arrested by a wake-up call. We learn the following from Alice, the mum in this story: A family's journey down the slippery slope toward desperate enabling starts slowly and imperceptibly, without the slightest suspicion that there is anyt…
 
Adam, our young recovering addict, relates his escape from the hell that addiction had confined him in: "There was a point where I had become a rageful person, but I didn't really know who I was. I would wake up and wonder what I would do that was crazy or violent. Plus, I was scared all the time - of what hurt I would inflict on an innocent person…
 
In our interview with Adam, a 32-year-old recovering addict, he recalls the early years which led him down the path to severe addiction. He was plagued by deep resentment toward his father who was, in Adam's young view, not attentive enough to his desire for love and affection. Despite, or because of, being part of a very affluent family in Dubai, …
 
Frank's story continues with his conclusions based on his recollections, in his own words. "If I weren't then using, I would not have found myself in bizarre situations like a house of prostitution in Jakarta. I ended up with a fellow Canadian buying heroin to sell it later in Thailand. The penalty for that could be death. I shudder about that to t…
 
We learned in Part One of our interview with Frank that: Addictive behaviour is hardly ever recognized for what it is early in the process; it is seen simply as hurtful, especially to innocent people like children in the family of an adult addict. Frank's story clearly shows that one does not always become an addict despite the abuse of drugs. He h…
 
In this article entitled "You're Not Thinking Straight", we discuss the undeniable fact that addiction takes over the addict's thought process and that there is merit in seeing the addict and the addiction as separate entities. We cover the following topics: Family members need to make the distinction between the person as an addict and the addicti…
 
In this article, we address the fact that family members can do more to help improve treatment outcomes in their communities and at large. We ask them to consider that: They can have an impact on the larger picture of improving outcomes by supporting initiatives such as the ones proposed by Shatterproof. In so doing, family members will have the sa…
 
In this article, entitled "My Love Affair with Marijuana". It describes in some detail the author's journey that started with flirtation and ended in disaster, save for the wake-up call. He comes to the following conclusions: It wasn't until I put on a new pair of glasses and looked back at my life to see how I had embedded a drug into my life as i…
 
In this article, we discuss the importance of aftercare in helping recovering people own their recovery as a way of achieving the real goal: a lifetime of clean and sober living. We believe that our best-practice We Care aftercare program inspires and guides our clients to stay on the path for the long haul, one day at a time. We make the following…
 
In this article, we tackle the myth that AA is a cult. The evidence is clear that neither is AA a cult, nor that it's a small, obscure organization. Unlike a cult, Alcoholics Anonymous, AA: Is about privacy, not secrecy, in order to protect the identity of individuals who would prefer to remain anonymous. Because there is still the stigma associate…
 
In this article, we discuss what success in recovery should look like. We also dispel the notion of the "success rate" for rehabs. We make note of the following: A success rate for a rehab is a misnomer because almost all success in staying clean and sober relies on the client's owning his or her own recovery after treatment. We at SafeHouse recogn…
 
In this article called It's A Shame, we examine the two types of shame, toxic and acquired, and discuss their causes and roles in addictive settings. We conclude the following: Families who have an active addict in their midst invariably experience shame, and as a consequence, are compelled to keep that fact secret. Secrecy requires great effort to…
 
In this article, we discuss how the subtle effects of early-stage addiction or alcoholism are difficult to spot and often denied, and how enabling happens with good intentions and bad results. We cover the following topics: The signs of early-stage addiction are so subtle, there is a high likelihood that loved ones will miss them, and therefore the…
 
In this article, we cover the essential things to watch for in the context of Thailand treatment reviews - these are the checkpoints that experts in the space say you should watch for as you scan the possibilities of treatment in Thailand. Watch for best-practice, evidence-based treatment processes and by all means, do not fall prey to miracle cure…
 
In this article, we discuss the benefits of choosing SafeHouse Rehab when seeking drug and alcohol treatment in Thailand. The key features of Thai treatment at SafeHouse Rehab are as follows: We stand apart from other rehabs in Thailand because we are dedicated to advancing the art and science of recovery in a clinical setting. We asked ourselves, …
 
In this article, we discuss why SafeHouse Rehab stands apart from other rehabs in Thailand. In this climate of concern about Safety, the fact that we are founded on the very idea of Safety and that it's part of our very name, our DNA, shows that we've taken the issue seriously right from the start. We do not aspire to be a luxury resort treatment c…
 
In this article, we discuss the advantages for us to own and operate a rehab clinic in Thailand, and why our modern approach to recovery allows us to outperform traditional rehabs who offer solutions based on a traditional model of recovery. That said, we are mindful of the fact that all rehabs must conform to basic principles of treatment which ha…
 
In this article, we discuss how an addict's or alcoholic's loved ones can be deceived by the appearances of normalcy while the addict is an abnormal mess on the inside. The adventure we describe below vividly demonstrates the insanity of just one night out, showing how an addict will take risks that he would never consider were he clean and sober. …
 
In this article, we tell a story which we entitle "A Close Call with Death", as a means of demonstrating how an addict's impulsive behaviour can lead him unknowingly into situations that could result in his death. Further, we discuss how this addict's mom, through no fault of her own, wasn't able to recognize the early warning signs of an addiction…
 
In this article, we discuss how the addiction rules an addict's life in ways that most non-addicts do not understand, and if innocent family members understood the dynamics of the addiction at work, they would see their burden greatly eased. We learn that: Non-addicts have a hard time grasping how much power an addiction has over an addict. Most pe…
 
This article tackles the issue of what a family member or loved can do to liberate themselves from the ruinous obsession with someone else's addiction, which is, in reality, also the family disease. The reality is that there is not much, if anything, you can do to change the trajectory of your loved one's disease, short of an intervention. Even the…
 
In this article entitled “Is My Teen Becoming An Addict? we discuss the signs that form part of a pattern that suggests a teen could be on his or her way to a full-blown addiction, and what a parent needs to consider to help the teen make a course-correction. Look for a pattern that suggests secrecy and behaviour that is off the norm along the line…
 
In this article which we entitle “You're The Addict, Not Me” we discuss the dynamics of living in a family where addiction has its insidious ways, and what the family members need to start doing to liberate themselves from the grip of the disease. People in recovery, whether in AA or Al-Anon or other 12-step programs must hold themselves accountabl…
 
This article is entitled "Are You Wasting Your Energy?" and it covers the following topics as we discuss the futility of trying to change the trajectory of someone else's addiction. We have learned that, speaking for the family member who loves an addict: Addiction has had a far more powerful effect than we realized. It denied us any sense of norma…
 
In this article, we discuss and dissect the idea of being a "victim" of addictive disorder; we discuss the how family members and significant others are perfectly set up to see themselves as victims, and what to watch for in order to disengage from that kind of role. Here's what we cover: Loved ones, family members where one of you is an addict, ar…
 
In part two of our interview with Tomas, he shares the role that other recovery programs have had on the trajectory of his own recovery. This is what we learned from Tomas: Al-Anon can not only help families who are not addicts themselves, but it can be a vital tool in helping addicts focus on their own recovery. Having a daily ritual helps keep th…
 
These are the topics we cover in our interview with Tomas, a young recovering alcoholic who travels the world for his music profession but doesn't stray far from his recovery program. Some people become alcoholics or addicts because they need substances to soothe the deep emotional pain caused by toxic family situations. When the whole family is si…
 
In this article, we discuss how the stigma associated with addiction is a dangerous myth that keeps addicts and their families from seeing the light and seeking the help they deserve. One of the strongest barriers to seeking help with an addiction is the stigma associated with the concept of "addiction", still a taboo among traditional communities.…
 
In this article, we discuss the role of the Johari Window in gaining a deeper understanding of how we can communicate more effectively with each other. We show that: The Johari Window is yet another useful method for therapists to use in the recovery setting involving addicts and their loved ones drawn into the dysfunctional world of addiction. The…
 
In this article entitled "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Freedom', we discuss the following topics: The "Pursuit of Happiness" is a hollow promise if we pursue it directly and not see it as an outcome of living a worthy life. A new Freedom and a new Happiness promised by recovery programs is based on having the freedom to make better choices and …
 
Here we discuss the upside of recovery and what family members and the recovering person should expect. We cover the following topics in this article entitled " The Art of waking Up and Staying Awake". Treatment is but a start to recovery as a lifelong endeavour. It is, nonetheless, best achieved one day, one action at a time. It will come as no su…
 
In this article, we discuss the often-avoided topic about money and its hold over us. We entitle this essay: "Does Addiction Hide in Your Wallet"? The key point is that it's not about the money, it's about the compulsion and the certain knowledge that I cannot stop doing this and start doing the opposite on my own. We cover the following topics: Th…
 
In this article, I ask the question: "Are You Addicted and Not Even Know It"? We cover the following topics: You could be addicted to the addict himself and not know it until you have to look at it and begin to see your addiction as the cause of your pain. Those who love an addict/alcoholic are just as powerless over their loved one's addiction as …
 
In this article we discuss the things that signal a potential relapse in the making: There are key signs that the addict typically does not notice or will not acknowledge. Essentially the things that signal a coming relapse are not doing the things that keep us clean and sober. Probably the most prominent sign of a coming relapse is DENIAL which st…
 
In this article, we discuss the following topics: A return to a more normalized schedule results in a healthy, predictable rhythm for the day and for the night. It helps to have a written schedule of activity for the 24-hour period, even if you just say “play 2-4 pm" as an example. Exercise/fitness: chances are, your physical body has been over-str…
 
In this article, we discuss the importance of one's inner life or our inner space. Embracing the idea that there is a victory in the surrender of old ideas in favour of a healthier way of thinking is a major and necessary factor in the journey out of an addictive life for both the addict and his loved ones. The family members who embrace the idea t…
 
In this article, we focus on the following topics as they relate to the myths and realities for the suffering family member. Families new to addiction carry the illusion that the problem is with their addict and do not yet know that they, too are as sick as the addict himself. They believe that they have some control over their addict’s behaviour a…
 
In this podcast, I interview Andrew a 30-year-old professional, clean and sober for more than 6 years. The topics we covered were: It’s rare that an addict or alcoholic becomes addicted to only one substance, “poly-addiction” is the norm. Mother is the great enabler. She tries to help him stop, while at the same time allows him to live rent-free in…
 
This records my interview with Tim, who owns and operates a sober living home and is himself a long-time recovering person. This article covers these topics: The secret is there is no secret. Everything an addict or alcoholic needs to know has been written and published, from 1939 until now. The longer an addict/alcoholic stays in a somewhat contro…
 
In this episode called 'Take This Co-dependency Quiz' I take on the myth that the addiction is owned exclusively by the alcoholic or addict and therefore the family must focus its energy on their loved one. We conclude the following instead: Most, if not all, family members of an alcoholic or addict become dysfunctional when living with the disorde…
 
The cunning, baffling, powerful family disease: part 2 of my interview with veteran counsellor Robert. Here is what Robert, one of the counsellors at SafeHouse Rehab Thailand, talks about in the second part of his interview, explaining what it takes for him to stay clean and sober and what one can do (and not do) for a loved one suffering from addi…
 
The cunning, baffling, powerful family disease: my interview with veteran counsellor Robert. We invited Robert, our veteran counsellor at SafeHouse Rehab Thailand, to share his extensive experience and fascinating history with me. Here is what we cover in this post: He shared the trauma of his life as a bi-racial child who was given away by his mot…
 
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