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I Had No Idea: Spotting an Eating Disorder

“I had no idea,” a radio host said to me after I’d explained my experiences with an eating disorder. “I had no idea,” the physician said as I was educating her on symptoms to look for in patients who may … Continue reading

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Recovery is a Process

Arrested development is a sad relative that accompanies the already nasty beast that is addiction. Which means: the emotional development of an addict becomes arrested at the time, stage-in-life, level of maturity, that addiction began (Chapter 6, IT’S NOT ABOUT … Continue reading

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A Recovery Life is a Real Life

Most of us in “double-digit” recovery have learned that the twelve steps and working a program are part of a good life, but we also know that these do not protect us from illness, job troubles, problems with kids and … Continue reading

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Who Is an Addict?

Lessons from Phillip Seymour Hoffman It seems safe to assume that Phillip Seymour Hoffman never expected to become addicted to drugs—no one does. Nobody ever plans to become an addict. Addiction is an insidious and patient disease. Although it overtakes … Continue reading

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ACROBADDICT author, Joe Putignano on Anderson Cooper’s 360 Degrees program on CNN

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The Three “C’s” of Coping with an Addict

Hovering. Mothers do this from day one with their newborns. We search their body language, their cries, their coos, and their giggles to ascertain what they are telling us about their needs, their wants, what is working and what is … Continue reading

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Get Out Of God’s Way

In long-term recovery we often lean back into moments from our early recovery that help and sustain us. In my book, OUT OF THE WOOD: A Woman’s Guide to Long-Term Recovery, I write about some of these experiences. Here is … Continue reading

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Why is this Book Called “Out of the Woods?”

In the many 12-step programs newcomers are often consoled by being told, “It can take 3 to five years to get out of the woods.” But later, at the five-year mark, after maintaining abstinence and many meetings and working the … Continue reading

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Out of the Woods

Welcome to Out of the Woods! This blog accompanies my new book about long-term recovery and the joy, humor, ongoing growth and of course, even new struggles that come with recovery after years ten, 20, 30 and more. What you’ll … Continue reading

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Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional

When it comes to how we respond to physical and emotional pain, we have a choice. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth … Continue reading

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