Addiction is a complicated topic with many difficult and often painful layers. Starting the conversation can often be the most challenging part. This page is a great resource if you or someone you know is battling addiction.

Dr. Ratush has years of experience working with addicts, and has seen the effects of alcohol in his own family. He recognizes the irony of the addict: the people most at risk are often not who we think.

The videos and articles linked here are logically sequenced, footnoted and woven together to help you make sense of addiction.

The Guide’s goal is to open you perspective so that your options and paths can come into focus.

“The goal of mental health treatment is to improve your mental clarity the same way glasses improve your visual clarity.”  — Dr. Jospitre


Begin with the end in mind

Imagine looking through to point you want to be, thus seeing the whole length of the journey. What does your “stride” look like. The posture, and pace of your striding is your “game plan” and it is key if you are going to take proactive and effective steps towards your goal. This “plan” can also be look at as a Life Philosophy. Here are some that I respect and have worked for me.

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  2. Take a tour of the RecoverMD Art Gallery for creative perspectives click here

Next Step: Put first things first. Knowing what is Addiction

It’s important to understand as much about the your condition right from the start.

  1. Read Dr. Ratush’s Article on The Meaning of Addiction
  2. Watch Dr. Ratush’s Addiction Youtube Playlist