---------------------------The Value of Drug Addiction Research---------------------------

Michael Nader from the Wake Forest Primate Center presents his talk titled The Value of Drug Addiction Research. He suggests that we are approaching the problem of drug addiction in the wrong manner, and we need to reassess our current policies.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Dear Mr. President!!!

Dear Mr. President!!!

Haven't you ever wanted to give the man who runs this country a piece of your mind??

Well, the latest issue of Spotlight on Recovery does that. A varied selection of authors present their perspectives, including Mr. Richardson.

He addresses the War on Drugs in a way you may not have thought of before - and how our Commander in Chief could have been the one behind bars had things been different.

To read more, order your copy today from Spotlight on Recovery by clicking this link.

A Single Step........

Our country has been torn apart by gun violence. Corey Richardson offers a balanced approach on

this issue in the latest issue of Spotlight on Recovery, Spring 2014. For more on Gun Violence and other recovery issues - click this link to go to Spotlight on Recovery

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Lazarus of Catawba County

Corey Richardson has been asked to be a member of the Project Lazarus of Catawba County Steering Committee. Our county has decided to take the needed steps to address drug overdose. We commend Mr. Richardson for his effort in this field and his participation in this organization as well as other state professional organizations. Watch here for more!!

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Monday, March 03, 2014


Once again, Mr. Richardson is published!! Four of his articles can be found in the new publication from Michigan State University Press. His topics range from family life with incarcerated parents to prison relationships to The Convict Vote. 
 Check out his work and this great new reference!!!
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Learning to live From inner life.
In codependency the locus of control is external. We cut off all contact with the painful in life and cling to external cues to tell us that we are okay and what to do next. In recovery need to begin to make contact with our inner world of emotions, pain, regret, happiness, and all of those things that make up what goes on inside of us. We've lost touch with that. If we can gain contact with this in our lives then we can make more meaningful, healthy relationships with others. This is an essential aspect of making recovery go more smoothly.

 Learning to tolerate emotional pain.
Building upon what we just discussed, a large part of codependency is running from emotional pain. Just as the alcoholic or addict uses a substance to emotional pain, the codependent individual runs from the emotional pain through other people. It is at this point we need to get in touch with this pain and learn to tolerate it. This means being present to the emotional pain and allowing your inner world to surface to the top. In this way we can start to open up in therapy and groups and allow the healing process to begin.

 Learning to set healthy boundaries.
A large part of codependency is based upon  unhealthy boundaries. We become enmeshed in other people and their lives. We do this to such a large extent that their lives crowd out any needs that we have whatsoever as a codependent people. To allow our true selves to develop, we need to separate ourselves from other people through healthy boundaries. Without creating healthy boundaries, we can never recover.

 Getting our needs met.
For many codependents, they have absolutely no idea what their needs are. They only live to meet the needs of other people due to their codependency. Therefore it is crucial in recovery to begin to understand what our needs are as human beings. By understanding what are physical, emotional, and psychological needs are, we can begin to meet these needs and become home, thereby giving ourselves completely to recovery and moving towards healthy relationships with other people.

 Working through our core issues.
For many people, there are core issues which hold back healthy productive personal growth. These core issues very from fear of abandonment to all or nothing thinking. They stem from personal trauma as children in dysfunctional family relationships. This is where many people develop their codependency and this is where they have to start when it comes to the recovery process.
(based upon Charles Whitfield's theory of Codependency)


Thursday, February 13, 2014


The 12 steps of Codependency Anonymous.
The first step says "we admitted we were powerless over others and that our lives had become unmanageable." For the codependent this is a very important and necessary step. It's counter-intuitive because the one thing in recovery we wish codependents to do is assume power and control over their lives. But we cannot change the past and we cannot change the fact that we are codependent. Therefore we are powerless over that and we must therefore accept that reality of our lives today . It is this acceptance that allows us to move into recovery.
The second step says that "we came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." This Power greater than ourselves can be a higher power as in the God of our understanding or it may be something as in a codependent group or possibly the 12 step program. It is important to believe that past failures as individuals with regard to codependency can now be overcome in recovery through some other mechanism greater than what we have used so far as individuals.
The third step says that "we made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God."  Again this is counter-intuitive to codependency recovery because previously allowing others to control us caused us much pain. This step is very important because it is based upon trust. Previously our trust in other people and other things failed us and we were hurt because of it. At this point we need to trust the right people and trust in the recovery process as a positive thing as we move towards healing.
The fourth step says that "we made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves." This is a very important step as we move toward honesty in self reflection about our lives and ourselves as individuals. Many of us have believed the wrong things about ourselves and have had these beliefs supported by people who were very unhealthy influences in our lives. It is during this step that we are able to address our codependency issues. These will be our core recovery issues as we move through the rest of the 12 steps.
The fifth step states that "we admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs." It is in this step that we not only learn to trust another human being but we begin the process of healthy communications with people and we move away from the irrational thoughts and perceptions about ourselves and our lives as we begin to listen to caring, objective people who support our recovery.
The sixth and seventh steps state that "we were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character," and "humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings." This is not a self deprecating process but is honest reflection of whom we are and the necessary commitment to the recovery process. Just as it is with alcohol and drug addiction, the codependent is reluctant to let go of her codependency.
Steps eight and nine require making amends. They state "we made a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all," and "made direct amends to  such people wherever possible, except to do so would injure them or others." It is first and foremost a willingness to recover and move toward health and well-being - evaluated our past and working toward recovery is woven into this step. It is important to take an honest look at the people we have harmed  as part of the healing process, and be willing to make amends when appropriate. A sponsor is very important in this process so that these two steps can be a healthy part of recovery and not a continuation of our codependent behavior.
Step 10 states that "we continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong probably admitted it". This allows us to take our recovery into our daily lives and live according to the principles we have learned so far. It is easy to slip back into codependent behavior and therefore this step allows us to stay the path of recovery.
The 11th step states that "we sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out." This allows us to be reflective about our lives and to begin to experience our lives in a healthy meaningful way. It is in this way that we allowed ourselves to gain balance and direction in recovery.
The 12th step says that "having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and the practice these principles in all of our affairs." This step acknowledges that we've gained an awareness about ourselves and our codependency. That we have now gained insight and balance in our lives and have been able to incorporate the principles of recovery into daily living.  Now we not only live healthy lives but it allows us to bring recovery to other people.  We're not trying to save other codependents, but we are trying to bring them the tools necessary so that they can save themselves from their codependency through the 12 steps of recovery. It is very important aspect of continuing to heal ourselves as we present our recovery to others suffering from codependency.

Please add your input on these 12 steps and how they relate to recovery!!!     THANKS!!!

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