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 he 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 your 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

 


What does it mean to be addicted?

People are often confused on what it means to be an addict. They think of the person who ends the night passed out on the couch or hugging the toilet. But my definition of addiction is a primary chronic disease that can be genetically and environmentally influenced. Treating the disease as a medical problem is critical to my approach.

Begin with the end in mind

Imagine looking through to the 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 viewed as a Life Philosophy. Here are some that I respect and have worked for me:

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

Next Step: Put first things first. Understand how addiction works.

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