Gateway Theory: Padlock

Gateway Theory

Gateway Theory, if you’re a product of the D.A.R.E. generation you’ve no doubt heard of the concept.  Get introduced to “soft” drugs like alcohol or marijuana and you’re all but guaranteed to turn into a heroin addict. Is it true?

An Outward Mindset

An Outward Mindset: The Second Pillar

“When people see situations that need to change, the temptation is to immediately apply a behavioral solution. That seems like the fast approach. But if mindset is not addressed, it is usually the slow approach to change.” ― The Arbinger Institute

Addiction in Sports: The OD Movement

Sports and Life an 8 Year Hiatus

One of the unforeseen consequences of habitual substance abuse comes from addicts commonly losing interest in the things that once brought them joy.  It’s been eight years since I watched both the deciding game in the Stanley Cup and the…

Step Nine of AA: Honor

Step Nine of AA: Honor

Society sees the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as the Bible for anyone looking to recover from an addiction.  The program has an estimated success rate of between 8% and 12% according to addiction specialists, and AA has approximately 2…

Rock Bottom is a Lie

Rock Bottom: Here’s Why it’s Bullshit

Claiming an addict can’t/won’t get help until they hit rock bottom implies that use is not a problem until a person reaches rock bottom. Most everyone has this preconceived notion that a drug addict is some homeless poor miserable soul with no family who lives under a bridge, I know that’s what I thought, it’s a false narrative that’s the byproduct of preaching rock bottom as a necessity to being a drug addict.

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