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RIC 001: A Process of Change

​Brief Overview of the Episode

​This is very much an introductory episode to the Recovery in Chaos podcast. In it, I explain why I named the podcast as I did, and a bit about my background and journey in recovery. I also explain what the word "recovery" means, in a clinical sense.

I forgot to mention in the episode that I have released ​Thinking Recovery,​ my new eBook, on this site. Since you're already here, why don't you follow the link on the bottom of the page, and download the book so you'll have it for the next episode.​​​

The episode goes on to discuss cognitive recovery itself, what it is, and how it differs from other recovery methodologies. I also explore the four commonalities present in the recoveries of those who overcame their self-defeating behaviors either without help, or with only minimal assistance.

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Some changes for “Powerless No Longer”

Three years have passed since the publication of Powerless No Longer, and it’s time to make some long-overdue changes. Despite my best efforts to keep the book a secret, it continues to sell. Each and every month I’m amazed by the number of copies that are purchased all over the world, in either electronic, hard copy, or audio format.

A lot of this has been due to the decision by SMART Recovery® to place the book on its “recommended reading list,” and it’s a good thing they did because that’s about all the marketing it has been subject to. That is going to change, beginning now.Continue reading

10 Signs You May be Heading for Relapse




Ten Signs You May be Heading for RelapseResearchers estimate that that 90% of those who recover from addictive behavior experience at least one relapse along the way. We can increase the odds in our favor through awareness of the warning signs, along with the process of examining the underlying beliefs. In 1982, two researchers, Terence T. Gorski, and Marlene Miller, identified a set of warning signs that typically lead to relapse. Further research has validated these changes in attitudes and behaviors, and proven they are accurate predictors. As you read this list, realize these changes occur gradually. Recognizing them early in the cycle will allow you to see beneath the behaviors, and modify the beliefs that drive them.

  1. Change in attitude — Something isn’t quite right. You’re doing fine, but you notice recovery is not as important to you as it once was. You are drifting, and something is wrong, but you cannot identify a good reason for it. You are unsure of yourself, and your ability to overcome your addictive behavior.
  2.  Elevated stress — It seems you have many problems in your life, and your stress level is rising. You tend to overreact to the stress or act impulsively. Watch carefully for mood swings and exaggerated positive or negative feelings.Continue reading

Powerless Released as Audio Book



HeadphonesPowerless No Longer has been released as an audio book! David Smalley, and his fine crew at Dogma Debate have produced and released an audio version on the Amazon affiliate, Audible.com. Those of you who have been waiting for the audio version can purchase it here.

I am very pleased with the way the book has been selling, and I thank all of you for your support over the years. This version opens up a whole new market for Powerless, and will allow it to reach many more people. I would like to thank David for his belief in the book, and his willingness to invest his time and resources in the scribblings of an unknown author. His comment after completing his voiceover of the book was:

“I never really struggled with a major addiction outside of cigarettes many years ago; but after I was done with this voiceover, I realized how much it has helped me in every day life, to perceive reality and take inventory of the emotions I applied to situations. It’s helped me in relationships, and to even make progress in my business. I am a better person after reading this book.”

Powerless is beginning to sell in the overseas market as well as the US,which is very gratifying to me, as I never expected the book to become known outside of a relatively small circle. I thank you all!

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