7 Ways to Help You Avoid a Relapse

February 23, 2017

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After you’ve overcome an addiction, it can be hard to not to let it take over your life once again. Here are a few tips that can help you stay clean after recovery:

  • Make new friends.
  • Reach out to your support system.
  • Stay away from friends and locations (bars, clubs, etc.) that might cause you to start using again.
  • If applicable, take your medication regularly.
  • Avoid stressors or find other ways to relieve your stress.
  • Distract yourself with other things.
  • Return to rehab if the urges get to be too much.

Unable to avoid giving into your urges? Contact Addiction Exchange for help. Dr. Daniel Warsaw Minerva specializes in drug, alcohol, and gambling addiction. Let him help you find the path to success.

“Do I Have an Addiction?”

January 18, 2017

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How to Tell If You’re Addicted

Life throws difficult times at us. Whether it’s been a rough day at work or a rough five years, it’s natural to turn to things that we enjoy to help us feel better. But if we’re not careful, we may develop a dependence. When does a feel-good activity cross the line to addiction?

  • You no longer control how much you take or participate in.
  • You try to hide the amount of time you spend on it.
  • You feel withdrawals if you go without it for an extended amount of time.
  • Other activities you used to enjoy become neglected.

The Help You Need

Dr. Daniel Warsaw Minerva of Addiction Exchange in Boulder, Colorado knows how to help you overcome your addiction. Visit www.addictionexchange.com to begin the journey of transforming yourself into the person you want to be.

3 Ways To Relieve Stress When You’re In Recovery

January 5, 2017

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When stress takes over your life, you will find yourself wanting to fall back on old habits. Replace those bad habits with new, good habits. Here are 3 alternate and healthy options for you to relieve the stress you’re carrying around with you.

1.       Exercise

2.       Pamper yourself

3.       Play with your pet

If you try these things and still find yourself struggling, reach out to a therapist. Dr. Daniel Warsaw Minerva of Addiction Exchange in Boulder, Colorado has over 20 years of experience treating addiction. Visit www.addictionexchange.com for a free consultation.

5 Common Addictions in Colorado

December 1, 2016

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5 Most Common Addictions in Colorado

Addictions can overtake lives and cause addicts to become distant and detached from their family and things they love. Some of the most common addictions in Colorado are:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Marijuana
  3. Methamphetamine
  4. Heroin
  5. Cocaine

Colorado Addiction Counseling

Dr. Daniel Minerva Warsaw specializes in the counseling and treatment of addictions including, but not limited to, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and substance abuse. Dr. Minerva is a licensed clinical psychologist and makes himself available to patients and potential patients after hours until 8 PM MT at (303) 442-3110 as well as via email. Visit www.addictionexchange.com for more information about Dr. Daniel Minerva, to get in touch, or to learn more about Dr. Minerva’s specialties.

Exchanging your Addiction

October 18, 2016

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Dr. Daniel Warsa Minerva, Boulder, Colorado therapist, spent years studying psychology and addiction at the University of Colorado. During his studies and experience he realized that if a person changed his or her identity from addict to non-addict, his or her addiction would end. He calls this the addiction exchange.

“Finally, I discovered that if people really exchanged their addiction for the life they always wanted to live, most of them signed and sealed the bargain…”

Services and Consultations

Dr. Daniel Minerva specializes in addiction counseling and offers a variety of additional counseling services to help you become a better you. Visit www.addictionexchange.com for more information, to contact Dr. Daniel Minerva, or receive a free consultation.

How to help a Loved One Overcome Addiction

June 23, 2016

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It can be difficult to navigate a relationship with an addict but it is impossible. These tips below will help you and your loved one overcome the struggle of addiction:

  1. Acceptance – Acknowledging that your loved one has a problem is the first step. It is a hard reality to face but once you recognize it you can get them the help they need.
  2. Love with Boundaries – As much as you want to love your friend or family member someone with an addiction can take advantage of their relationships. Make clear boundaries while still showing your love and support.
  3. Reach Out – Encourage your loved one to seek help from professionals like Daniel Warsaw Minerva who specializes in addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma issues, and more.

Dr. Daniel Warsaw Minerva works to help others exchange their burdens for a new life. To get your friends or family the help they need visit Addiction Exchange now.

 

Overcoming Alcohol Abuse

April 22, 2016

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Alcohol dependence plagues many people every day and it can greatly affect every area of their lives, their relationships, their jobs, and more. Although they may experience negative results of their alcoholism it still may not be enough to get them to stop.

If you cannot function without a drink it may be time to get help.

Dr. Daniel Warsaw Minerva specializes in the treatment of alcoholism, alcohol dependency, and abuse. He also treats disorders that may be linked with alcoholism like anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Whatever your addiction may be, there is hope for you. Fill out an inquiry form to take your first step towards freedom.

Struggling with Addiction?

March 25, 2016

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Are Drugs, alcohol, or gambling interrupting your everyday life, ruining your relationships, or causing you despair?

There is hope for you.

Dr. Daniel Minerva specializes in helping people find freedom from their excessive use of alcohol, cocaine, prescription medications, obsessive thinking, tobacco, and other drugs, gambling, and compulsive sex. Dr. Daniel Minerva has over 20 years of experience treating addiction and will help you exchange your addiction for the life and freedom you’ve always dreamed of.

Dr. Minerva offers a free consultation over the phone or in person. Just complete a New Patient Inquiry Form to take your steps towards freedom.

Ending Addiction: Beginning of the Addiction Exchange

July 13, 2010

Welcome to our first blog on ending addiction. When I say “our” blog, I mean a blog that belongs to both the readers and creators of the blog. I am glad to be here (subject of our next blog) and I hope you are glad to be here as well.

I view addiction as what we value most that has gone awry.  No matter what we do to change it into the good thing that it use to be, the object of our addiction continues to be a bad thing in our life and we are not treating our addiction as the bad thing that it has become. (You can submit a comment below to let us know how you view addiction.)

Addiction became my passion incrementally. It started when I returned from my clinical internship and Peter Ossorio, my mentor, asked me to choose an easy topic for my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since I had successfully treated people with serious problems over the years, I believed that it would be easy to help smokers  stop smoking.  I discovered that treating smoking addiction or any addiction was anything but easy; I was intrigued by the challenge.  I completed my thesis on Smoking Addiction: A Descriptive Psychology Conceptualization and Test, nine years later just hours before the university deadline, i.e., if I had not handed my thesis in that Friday afternoon by four PM, I would not be a psychologist today.

In the beginning, I attempted to exorcise  addiction from people by convincing them that it was in their best interest to do so. I later attempted to change their motivation in favor of doing what was good for them rather than continue to do what was bad for them. This approach only worked at any given time when their motivational balance for not smoking was greater than their motivation to smoke.

Finally, I realized that if a person changed his or her identity from addict to non-addict, e.g., from a smoker to a nonsmoker, his or her addiction would end. The addiction would only resume if the person became reinfected with another addiction.  It is similar to getting over a cold, the next time we catch a cold, we treat the current cold as being different from the last cold.   I view nonsmokers as  a people  for whom the consumption of  nicotine has no personal value for them. Once people really achieve the status of nonaddicts, it would take something extraordinary for them to become addicts again.  This is in contrast to people  who stops using,  who still values the object of their addiction, and who  continue to have problems not indulging themselves in  the object of their addiction, e.g., a “dry drunks”.

The people that I worked with began to achieve breakthroughs in identity transformation and ending their addictions when they were able to give mastering their addiction high priority. It continued to be a struggle for them and to achieve this status, however, once they achieved being a nonaddict and they no longer desired to engage in addictive behavior, they had little or problems in maintaining their nonaddictive behavior.

Peter Ossorio reminded me at the time that people don’t choose less behavior potential (behavior possibilities) over more behavior potential.   Finally,  I discovered that if people really exchanged their addiction (less behavior potential) for the life they always wanted to live (more behavior potential) most of them signed and sealed the bargain as one made in “heaven” and they experienced substantially less struggle in ending their addiction.

This is how the Addiction Exchange came to be.

If you have taken a stand for ending addiction, let us know how your stand came to be.

Hope this post helps.

Daniel
May 2010