Category Archives: Blog

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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The New Year

A clean slate that for all that is possible is a breathtaking prospect. When I last wrote here, four days before Christmas, my attention was focused in the how-important-is-it of misplacing a well-intended “perfect” gift for my adult offspring in … Continue reading

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Making Peace with Your Plate: The Final Resolution

For over a decade, I struggled hopelessly with food and body image. My story is of eating disorder and alcoholism; but it is just one drop in the bucket. Most people have ongoing struggles with food. According to the Boston … Continue reading

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Inaugural Blog from Greg Pergament, author of CHI KUNG IN RECOVERY

As 2013 winds down and fizzles into the past like an errant bottle rocket it gives me cause to smile. The past year has served me very well. My daughter was married (by me) and gave birth to our first … Continue reading

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