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Articles by Robert Schwebel

July 2015 - Pro Talk, A Community

"Rescuing doesn’t work. It basically hijacks the pathway to personal decision-making and change. Instead of people reaching their own conclusions about their lives, someone else does it for them."

May 2015 - Pro Talk, A Community

"To help people overcome drug problems, we need to get off the powerlessness bandwagon, stop exaggerating the power of drugs, and stop diminishing the power of people."

April 2015 - Pro Talk, A Community

"…people often behave in ways that promote lying. You could say they create an environment in which other people are afraid to tell the truth."

April 2015 - The Fix 

"Look around and you will find counselors pushing the agenda of abstinence and trying to control behavior. You’ll find youth cleverly resisting and fighting back in all kinds of creative ways."

February 2015 - Pro Talk, A Community

"I believe we would have much better outcomes and benefit a lot more people if we stopped ‘treating drug problems,’ and started thinking in terms of providing comprehensive counseling."

January 2015 - The Fix 

"Tell them they are powerless, tell them you trust them but conduct drug tests, be an alarmist and other effective ways to get your kids to avoid getting help."

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The Seven Challenges

We decided to open up and talk honestly about ourselves and about alcohol and other drugs.

We looked at what we liked about alcohol and other drugs, and why we were using them.

We looked at our use of alcohol and other drugs to see if it has caused harm or could cause harm.

We looked at our responsibility and the responsibility of others for our problems.

We thought about where we seemed to be headed, where we wanted to go, and what we wanted to accomplish.

We made thoughtful decisions about our lives and about our use of alcohol and other drugs.

We followed through on our decisions about our lives and drug use. If we saw problems, we went back to earlier challenges and mastered them.

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