Addiction and Suicide: You Have to Fight Cool With Cool

Addiction and Suicide: You Have to Fight Cool With Cool

My son is 10 years old. The world is a brand new place for him. He discovered the Beatles last month, and this month he discovered Nirvana; not the Buddhist state of Nirvana, the rock band Nirvana. He was fascinated by the music, the Grunge movement, and Kurt Cobain. Kurt Cobain was the leader of […]



13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” is Dangerous

13 Reasons Why “13 Reasons Why” is Dangerous

The Netflix’s show “13 Reasons Why” is dangerous. It’s the story of a young woman that commits suicide. Before the suicide, she leaves behind recorded tapes explaining the reasons that pushed her to kill herself. The tapes are distributed to people in her life that contributed to her suffering, and her eventual suicide. Here are […]


Heroes of Outpatient Rehab

Heroes of Outpatient Rehab

Five years ago I founded a treatment center named Adaptive Center. Actually, it’s not a “rehab”, it’s a Human Potential Center that specializes in treating addiction. However, that’s not the subject of this post. The subject of this post is that working in all kinds rehab centers for the past 25 years I have met […]


Miami Alcohol Rehab

There is a danger that with the increasing attention to the current opiate epidemic alcohol addiction may be minimized. I see this trend in our treatment groups. People that are coming into treatment see drugs like heroin and meth as “hard”, and downgrade the danger of alcohol. Instead they display a belief that alcohol is […]


Living Sober in Miami Takes Soul and Balls

Living Sober in Miami Takes Soul and Balls For people suffering from addiction, living in Miami, and abstain from drugs and alcohol in order to nourish the continuing evolution of their human potential, is like a celibate monk living in a neighborhood of whorehouses while abstaining from sex. That’s what makes walking a spiritual path […]


Habit and Addiction: Is there a difference?

If you have a beer every time you watch football, after a while and many repetitions, every time that you watch football you will want a beer. If you don’t have a beer while watching the game, you will feel that something is missing, you will have the sensation that watching football won’t be as […]


A Declaration of Rational Human Rights.

“You can speak your mind But not on my time” Billy Joel Does everyone have the right to express themselves? Yes. Does that mean that everyone has something interesting or intelligent to say? No. So why is it that some people think that to have the means to broadcast their opinions on Facebook, Instagram…etc. means […]


The failure of addiction treatment.

The formula for addiction treatment failure is: + More need for addiction treatment than ever before + More addiction treatment centers than ever before = More addicts dying and more families suffering than ever before. Why is this happening? The increased demand for addiction treatment has attracted treatment hustlers. What are addiction treatment hustlers? Here […]


Who’s Bossing You Around?

Meet the New Boss Same as the Old Boss People that preach old values say that we shall not eat pork, display skin, or be sexually liberal. According to their traditional dogma it’s unthinkable to go through life without the guidance of a Priest, Rabbi, or Imam. They preach that our human nature is sinful […]


My Teacher’s Death Poem

There is an ancient tradition in Taoism and Zen of writing a death poem to leave behind. My Teacher John Heider wrote this poem ten days before he died. His teachings are at the heart and the foundation of Adaptive Center, so I wanted to share this heritage, our heritage, with you.


The Vinegar Tasters

Taoism is a philosophy that emerged from China around 2,500 years ago, and it is beautifully illustrated in an ancient painting called “The Vinegar Tasters”.


Adaptive Center, the “David” in the Addiction Treatment Field, Goes up Against the Giants

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adaptive Center, a Miami-based addiction treatment center, was notified that it has earned the Gold Seal of Approval®for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by The Joint Commission, the agency that accredits the best hospitals in the world. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s capacity to provide safe and effective care. […]


Painkillers are not heroin but they lead to It

In Adaptive Center we treat a lot of opiate addiction. Painkillers and heroin belong to a family of drugs called opiates. Many of the painkillers that are prescribed for back pain, post surgery, and dental procedures are opiates, and close relatives of heroin. In the last few years two factors have contributed to an epidemic […]


4 Reasons to go to Treatment during the Holidays

1 The Holidays are a time of great personal expectations. Your family has high hopes of having the stereotypical happy and joyful Holiday events. Family members that otherwise live separate lives come to visit. The stage is set for your addiction to do great damage to the relationships with your family. What could be forgiven […]


When You Use Adderall…

If you are thinking of using Adderall, maybe it is because you feel pressured by parents, teachers, or peers to do better in school. Maybe you are planning to use it to help give you a boost of energy so that you can stay up all night and study. If you are hoping that Adderall […]


How Does Narrative Therapy Work?

If I ask you who you are, and what you are, and what you do, you would tell me a story. The Story of You. Let’s start at the beginning. We all have a story, but how did we get that story? Where did it come from? How did we develop it? And, aren’t we […]


Engaging Clients in Treatment

People come to substance abuse treatment centers for many reasons: to satisfy court orders, save their jobs, or pacify family members—as well as overcome the negative effects of addiction. The ones that come with the intention of resolving a problem—other than their addiction—usually abandon treatment after having resolved their legal issues, meeting the requirement of […]


What is Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy is founded on 3 scientifically proven propositions The “Access Hypothesis” The belief that with enough dedication, effort, and help we can become aware of the content of our thinking. The “Meditation Hypothesis” The belief that the way we see, think about, and interpret the events around us influences the way we feel and […]


Questions and Answers with Juan Lesende

Can you start by giving us a short history and summary of the philosophy of the Adaptive Center? Juan: The Adaptive Center’s history actually started when I began working in the field of addiction treatment over 20 years ago. One of the first things I noticed when I got into this field is that what […]


2 Psychological Benefits of Yoga That Will Change Your Entire Life

Yoga dates back 5,000 years. It evolved in India as a practice to achieve self-understanding, personal freedom, and an end to the suffering that comes with life. It was designed to join, or “Yoke” mind-body-and-God as one. For this purpose the Yogi/Yogin engages in training the body and mind to attain unity with both.


Being Bored is CRAZY: 3 Effective Ways to Stop It

Boredom is common, and yet unnatural. Boredom comes from feeling that you should, or could, be doing something other than what you are doing right now. In other words, boredom is a resistance to engage in what is around you for the sake of a fantasy. If you think about it, that’s crazy. So, stop being bored, and stop acting crazy. Here are 3 ways to do it.


Don’t Stress: 5 Natural Ways To Eliminate It

Long-term stress is unnatural. Stress is supposed to get us ready to act in moments of danger, not be a part of our lives for long periods of time. Here are some great tips and 5 Proven strategies to eliminate your stress in a natural way.



Tips For Overcoming Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts-lead to negative feelings-lead to negative behaviors. This deceivingly simple formula has been proven to be true for over 30 years. It is the proven foundation of successful psychotherapy. Here I give you a few techniques, proven by the most cutting edged science in psychology, that will lead you to positive emotions, positive behaviors, and success.




3 Positively Uplifting Books for 2014

Reading can be a powerful force and should be embraced because the right book can uplift and offer hope while helping us navigate our own lives. Here we offer 3 positively uplifting book suggestions for 2014.


The 3-Minute Scientific Explanation of Addiction

The famous neurobiologist Anthony Movshon said that the human brain works like a camera. This metaphor of the human mind as a dual system offers a useful way to explain the nature of addiction and why addicts can’t stop using drugs on their own.


How to Host a Productive Drug Intervention

In our article on the dangers of drug Interventions, we explain why they can be damaging. In this article we will give you some guidelines on how to find the best intervention process to effectively admit an alcoholic or drug addict into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that will end their addiction cycle.


Drug Interventions May Be Dangerous for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts

Drug and alcohol interventions are one way to get a person with an addiction to confront the consequences that their actions have on their work, family, and other aspects of their lives. The intervention is usually a meeting of close friends, family, and employers who are concerned and hurt by the alcoholic or drug addict. […]


Which Is the Best Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center for You or Your Loved One?

When you or a loved one are seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, finding the right treatment center is challenging and confusing, emotionally and practically. So, how do you know which is the best one for you? Here are some facts about alcohol and drug treatment centers to help you make the right decision.


Many Drug Treatment Centers Forget to Include Treatment in Their Centers

Most treatment centers today can easily be confused with spas. Being treated for addiction in a spa may sound like a good thing, but it’s not effective. If a client is seeking a vacation disguised as treatment, it may turn deadly if they are struggling with the chronic and lethal illness of addiction. Here we describe reasons why spa-treatment is not the best situation for someone addicted to alcohol or drugs