What Do I Like To Do Business Concepts – Wax My Car

Every weekend, my neighbor gets out and washers, waxes, and details his sports car. I swear he must love that thing, probably more than his wife. Interestingly enough, I know a thing or two about cleaning and detailing automobiles. In fact, I had built up a mobile auto detailing and mobile car washing business, and then franchised it serving some 23 states and 450 different cities. We cleaned fleets of vehicles, car lots, and personal cars and office buildings. It was a fun business because I loved cars, and it grew from there.

Might I suggest if you are considering starting your own business, that you consider doing something that you love to do? Whatever is your passion, that’s where you should be focusing your energy, and you should try to stick within that category. Running a business is hard work, and you’ll have to spend lots of hours, so you may as well do something that you love. Then it doesn’t seem so onerous, and the time spent isn’t boring. Now then, if you love automobiles, especially high-end cars, then you might like to do mobile auto detailing.

This is where you travel to the customer’s car in a specialized mobile detailing rig with everything set up inside, and then you clean and detail a person’s car for a very high price onsite. Basically, you are making their car look new again, and you are building your business through referrals in the process. What does it take to start a business like this? Well, there are tools of the trade, and you can find out about these things online. Once you have the right equipment you’ll need to do some marketing, and you can find books on this.

Why would you wish to be stuck in an office, when you are a car buff? You see, it would hardly make sense to be stuck in a career that you didn’t enjoy, and you felt as if you were stuck in an economically enslaved prison set up just so you could pay your bills. You must follow your passion, follow your dreams, and do what feels right. Far too many people start businesses that they think will make money, but they don’t enjoy doing. As they lose interest, they stop paying attention to the details, and eventually the business fails.

It doesn’t have to be this way, and if you are like me, and you like cars, then starting a mobile car wash, or a mobile detailing business might be right up your alley. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Shakespeare on Addiction: Sonnet 129

Something interesting happens every time I teach Shakespeare’s Sonnet 129. I’m reasonably certain the term “sex addiction” didn’t exist in his day – and neither did 12 step groups for it, with Elizabethans turning up in their flamboyant garb – but that doesn’t mean that the problem, and its attendant degradations, didn’t exist. Just ask Shakespeare about his Dark Lady.***

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action; and till action, lust

Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,

Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,

Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,

Past reason hunted, and no sooner had

Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait

On purpose laid to make the taker mad;

Mad in pursuit and in possession so;

Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;

A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;

Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.

All this the world well knows; yet none knows well

To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

Why am I thinking about sonnet 129? Shakespeare’s sonnets beg for interpretation, and it’s not just because they are formal masterpieces that we should, as intelligent folk, feel compelled to dissect for dissection’s sake. No, there’s more to them than that. His sonnets are relevant today and I’m going to show you why.

A few years ago, I came across an hour long documentary made about Vancouver’s notorious downtown eastside. The area has been ravaged by an influx of drugs and its victims, earning it a reputation for being something of an elephants’ graveyard: it’s where addicts go to die. The film was called Through a Blue Lens and was shot, mostly, by two beat cops who wanted to portray the lives of the addicts living there. It’s not a warm and fuzzy film about drug addiction, but it’s not condemnatory either. Here’s an excerpt:

The plight of those living in that part of Vancouver became a minor cause célèbre in 1999, in part because The Globe and Mail published a photo essay of its denizens that left a lot of Canadians gasping. It made us aware, in a none-too-gentle way, that we had inner city problems just as bad as some cities south of the border. Vancouver’s port is a gateway for the drug trade and it seems at least some of these drugs don’t travel far: they form the lifeblood of those immiserated souls living in the downtown area.

So why look at Canada’s Skid Row when we’re talking about Shakespeare? It’s because his definition of addiction is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s relevant today and that’s because when addicts talk about their suffering, they report (albeit less eloquently) many of the same things. And when I say things, I mean they report having many of the same feelings and experiences described by Shakespeare. Those haunting sounds of agony — the addict’s anguish — are distilled, painfully and thoroughly, in this poem.

It begins:

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Shakespeare believes we forfeit our spirit – our soul – when we engage in addictive behaviour. The expense, or the price of the addiction, is paid with it. Waste here is used literally (implying that lives are wasted by addiction) and also symbolically to denote a place. This double meaning is made obvious by the use of the preposition in, as “in” a waste of shame. Waste as a place bookends neatly with that other inferno, hell, mentioned in the closing couplet.

Lust is Shakespeare’s drug of choice and the belief is that it was aimed at the infamous Dark Lady, that promiscuous creature that had Shakespeare, and others, utterly intoxicated.

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action; and till action, lust

Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,

Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust

What are the signs of Shakespeare’s enslavement? The form of a sonnet is strictly prescribed: it is made up of three quatrains — three groups of four lines — and a closing couplet. The rhyme scheme tends to alternate lines, meaning the first line rhymes with the third, the second with the fourth, etc. The lines are usually made up of phrases that go towards forming sentences. However, in this quatrain, the last half is simply a list of adjectives or adjective phrases, enumerating Shakespeare’s agonies. And these agonies are stated strongly, with words like murderous, bloody, savage and extreme.

This is a man in the throes of an obsession, an obsession that won’t even allow him to form coherent thoughts; instead he spits out a list of adjectives to convey his feelings. Shakespeare the wordsmith created this list for a reason. It’s there to denote a burst of feeling that can’t be contained.

But does this fury of Shakespeare’s capture the state of those sad and emaciated souls wandering the downtown eastside? I would argue it does and the key word here is shame. Ask any active addict how they feel about their life and you are bound to discover, underneath the anger and street braggadocio, a deep and murky well of it. That shame is what keeps them using; it’s what keeps them from wanting to feel.

After Shakespeare establishes his narrative voice, he turns to the cyclical nature of his malady. In the second quatrain, he states:

Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,

Past reason hunted, and no sooner had

Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait

On purpose laid to make the taker mad;

Here we see the structural and thematic rendering of the cycle of addiction. Let me translate: the addict no sooner enjoys (uses) her drug when she starts to despise its consequences straight (right away). However, beyond all reason she continues to hunt for it, and again, as soon as she consumes it, she hates it beyond all reason because she can’t stop. Then Shakespeare expands the subtle animal imagery and lays blame on suppliers and enablers. Her drug is like a trap laid on purpose and it makes her, the taker, mad. Mad here is being used in the British sense of the word, meaning insane.

It’s usually at this point in my class that I stop and ask students to think of an activity, any activity, they do to excess. Do they spend too much time online? Eat too much of the wrong kind of food? Text incessantly? And it’s also here that I tell them my own little story of addiction, the one that had me frequently rushing to the neighbourhood corner store, in Toronto, when I was a student.

I had an addiction and it was to Swedish Berries, those soft red candies that taste heavenly but are of no nutritional value whatever. These darlings came in handy at midnight when I had an essay to finish and needed a sugar boost. However, the problem was that I didn’t know when to stop. The store sold them in bulk and I didn’t have the discipline to buy only a few. My reasoning, as I stood in front of that bin and ladled in scoop after scoop, was that I would save some for later.

Right.

So I would eat them until I felt sick and this process, over the last two years of my undergrad degree, repeated itself more times than I care to remember. But it was the sequence of events in this process that was important. I would come to the realization it was late. I knew I had to keep working but didn’t want coffee. Then I would think: Hey! Swedish Berries! Great idea! And I would haul myself off to the store, come back and eat way too many of them. Only afterwards would I say to myself: “Did I really have to scarf down that whole bag?” Or: “Good idea? What was I thinking?”

So too goes the cycle of addiction: there is the chase, the consummation and the aftermath. In other words, the anticipation, the imbibing and the remorse. This cycle will be expanded upon in the next quatrain.

Mad in pursuit and in possession so;

Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;

A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;

Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.

The first quatrain establishes, through the use of enumeration, Shakespeare’s lo
ss of control. The second establishes the cyclical nature of his addiction. This last is significant because it does not provide new information. However, it does repeat the three part cycle and repetition in Shakespeare is always significant: he uses it to let us know we need to pay attention. Here we are told, again and with more emphasis, that an addict is mad while chasing the drug and mad while consuming it. And of course it is that madness — that inability to reason — that starts the cycle all over again.

But take a look at the second line. Shakespeare reverses the order of the cycle: he starts with the aftermath: had, moves to the consummation: having, and then moves to the first stage of the cycle, the chase: in quest to have. He does this to create the impression of a back-and-forth motion: the addict moves forward and backward, forward and backward, ad infinitum. Why? Because that’s what happens when one becomes addicted: life stalls.

At the start of this article, I said something interesting happens every time I teach this sonnet. Here it is: after I read it out loud, I tell my students to look closely at the panhandlers, especially the young ones, when they pass through the Atwater metro, the metro that services Dawson. I almost always get the same reaction: the class goes silent, the flow of air in the room stops, and these young people, with their futures ahead of them, pay closer attention. This suffering, rendered so poetically by Shakespeare, is only steps away.

And it happens elsewhere. When I drive home, I stop at a busy intersection leading onto the highway. That’s where I often see a young woman, her blonde hair in dreadlocks, holding up a sign asking for spare change. I always give her some and now she knows to come to me. If the traffic light permits, we may even exchange a few words.

I’ve been criticized for doing this — “she’ll just spend the money on drugs” is what I hear — but I don’t know what else to do. I don’t know how we can stop people from “committing suicide on the installment plan,” as a good friend of mine puts it.

Shakespeare didn’t know either, but luckily for us, that didn’t stop him from looking deeply into that darkness and writing about it anyway.

***I will be, for the sake of brevity and compression, be referring to the narrator as Shakespeare.

Sage 100 Hosting – A Competitive Edge

If you are looking for a solution for your accounting and business operation needs, you’ll find that Sage has software packages that will suit your company’s requirements perfectly. From keeping control over payroll, customer data management, cash management, and real-time information, Sage products can help your business run smoothly and seamlessly. Take your business tools to the next level of success with Sage 100 hosting that will allow you operate your business in a virtual environment, in order to cut costs while helping to improve business efficiency.

Just how can operating Sage 100 in an off-site manner help you to gain the competitive edge that you need?

First and foremost, hosted applications can help you to lower you overall operational expenses. Sage accounting products already help you to streamline your business, but remote hosting will help you to save significant amount of money in several departments of your company. You’ll be able to drastically cut down on your IT costs for hardware, software, and manpower. Hosted computing means that businesses no longer need to invest in costly servers and the other types of hardware required for the processing power that large complex applications like Sage need.

Imagine having unlimited storage capacity so that you can better serve your customers. Running out of storage on your hard drive or primary server can be a nightmare, especially during the busiest times of the month or the end of the financial year. In a virtual server environment it is almost effortless to add more storage, and not have to worry about inadvertently deleting valuable data.

While on the topic of deleting valuable data, what would happen to your business if your primary server was damaged or your laptop was lost or stolen? Chances are that this would result in a huge set of headaches for your entire company, and for your customers. With off-site hosting your data is protected, backed up, and there when you need to access it.

Hosting your applications on-site can give you the control that you want, granted. But with the right hosting company, you’ll be able to make changes to your Sage application when needed, and you’ll have the luxury of not having to worry about the entire system going offline in the event of a power outage. With cloud-based technologies, you’ll no longer need to rely on one single machine to keep your company operational. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a strong support system keeping your business operational, around the clock.

Whether you are looking for virtual hosting for Sage 100 ERP or for Sage 100 Contractor, you’ll find that remote hosting is the best solution to help you better serve your end customers while helping to make your business as efficient as is possible.

An efficient business that doesn’t need to focus a large amount of attention and expensive resources on accounting and operational issues will be able to better focus on giving customers the individualized attention and service that they need.

Why Choose Events Calendar Software

You have an exciting event planned to be able to capture many prospective clients, all things are organized, and the only thing you are waiting for is the date for the event. However, do you know how to get more people attend your event? Do you have plans on how to entice people to actually appear in the day of your event? Some businesses try and do the traditional way of advertising their big event by using television and radio as their means to broadcast their plans, while some do it the hard way by printing leaflets and posters to be given away and displayed. On the other hand, some actually see that blasting mass SMS to consumers are truly effective since many nowadays indulge themselves in the high end technological era and mainly utilize cell phones as means of computing.

Since the use of technology has been proven to be very effective nowadays, events calendar software can undoubtedly bring you more reward with less effort and cost than the traditional ways. As some businesses needs a particular marketing plan that is plotted out in the marketing calendar, with the events calendar software, you don’t need to generate a marketing plan because this software includes calendar templates that are easy and convenient to use. Its customizable, sophisticated and it can bring multiple benefits to you and your company.

To be sure that you have the best, the software must obtain the following:

• Integration – the software you should get needs to be integrated with the major calendar programs like iCal, MS Outlook, or Google Calendar so as to communicate your scheduled activity to your specific market segment. Plus, these major programs would undoubtedly have plenty of users that can be your target.

• Controllability – you need to make sure that the consumers would still get the ability to control their own calendar and still own their calendar space to be sure to not spam them or flood them with notifications and updates. Moreover, they should have the power of choice. So that they can either turn on or off the notifications so if ever they do not want to see the notifications or updates, they can easily hide it from their calendar.

• Tracking – as most of the businesses today, analytics are some of the main feature of their software to be able to track or determine the changes that have been made to their market progress, this calendar software also include behavior and activity-based analytics. With pooled data regarding your customer’s profile, you can be able to easily construct a very effective, very suitable event for your prospects.

Project Cars Need Basic Maintenance Before Upgrades

Modding your car the way you want it is what takes up an enthusiast’s time – and budget. As one may have seen on various car-specific boards, the possible combinations for upgrading your car are endless, from simple carbon fiber trim to performance-enhancing mods that literally break the bank.

Few are blessed with an open budget when it comes to modding a car. The show car builds that one sees done on YouTube or TV are often the result of corporate sponsorship, to showcase a product or business. And not everyone has parents as understanding as Chris Rado. More realistically, a project car done by the real world modder is the result of several months, even years, of off and on work. And while the end result may not be as flashy as the showcase examples you see at SEMA or on social media, there is no replacement for the sense of pride and satisfaction in being able to complete a project according to your vision.

Many times though, over enthusiasm on the part of the owner results in a modding or upgrade path that is haphazard. What we’re talking about here is foregoing basic car maintenance and spending the money instead on upgrade parts. Example, buying a set high output HID lights when your battery already needs to be replaced. Or opting for a set of high temp brake pads when your caliper seals show signs of leakage. As a car nut, it’s inevitable, expected even, for you to put your personal stamp on the car you own. But there’s no sense in undertaking upgrades at the expense of a well-running car or worse, reducing the safety margins designed into the car. Imagine bragging about your new high output lights and then getting stranded in the parking lot because the battery can’t cope. Talk about egg on your face.

A basic part of car ownership is being aware of the cost of maintaining your ride. And it’s pretty obvious that different cars have different maintenance costs. A Civic will probably set you back a thousand bucks each year for basic maintenance (and that’s a comfortable amount), but be prepared to spend twice or thrice that for a BMW M3 a generation or two back. While that may seem like a lot, do bear in mind that with an M3, you are getting stock what it would take you thousands of dollars in upgrades to get from your Honda. And despite the fact that Honda does make pretty good cars, the Japanese company currently doesn’t have an answer to that icon of driving excellence.

Nowadays, the Internet allows you to roam and go through a much wider display of project car possibilities and get ideas for your own ride. Don’t forget though that your project car still needs basic maintenance as much as the dorky commuter ride sitting next to you at the lights.

Top 6 Adventure Trips in Grenada

Visiting the island of Grenada in the Caribbean doesn’t mean that you’ll have to lie around on a beautiful beach with the crystal clear waters lapping on the shoreline whilst you sip on an ice cold rum punch. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure and it will also give you a chance to see some of the most beautiful and memorable places in Grenada.

Here are my top tips for enjoying some Caribbean adventure whilst on the Spice Isle;

1. Trek the Jungle

The Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve is a magnificent landscape of rain forest, exotic flora and fauna. You’ll see everything from hummingbirds to Mona monkeys to hibiscus bushes. It’s also a great chance to take some excellent photographs too.

2. Slide Down the Waterfall at Mount Carmel

The walk to the waterfall is really quite short, but once you get there you’ll be able to slide down a natural slide into the clear cool waters. Walk further along and you’ll see a wall of water gushing down, perfect for a photographic backdrop.

3. Take a Fisherman’s Boat Over to Sandy Island

This is regularly rated as one of the best adventures on the island. It’s in the north and close to the town of Sauteurs. You’ll be able to book this trip through one of the local hotels in Sauteurs. A great snorkel and you’ll also be able to enjoy the freshly caught fish straight off the open fire and possibly drink from a fresh coconut.

4. Join the Hash House Harriers

These guys always go off the beaten path and pick routes that are suitable for both walkers and runners. You’ll have to join in with the drinking at the end to really get the best of the event but you’ll meet a wide range of people who live on the island and its well worth doing it.

5. Join in The Annual Carnival

There’s nothing so much fun as a Caribbean Carnival. The highlight for many is J’Ouvert Morning, which is the opening of the event. If you know a local, all the better as they’ll be able to show you the ropes on how to dance and enjoy the festivities like a local.

6. Watch the Leatherback Turtle Nest

Most visitors are absolutely astounded when they see these humungous marine creatures land on the beach. At over 1,000 lbs and sometimes over 6 foot long, they’ll take your breath away as you watch them walk up the beach to lay their eggs.

Grenada and the Caribbean in general has a lot of activities to do that will give you some adventure and will allow you to see far more than you would on a traditional resort style holiday.

MCA Advertising

So you’re looking to learn about MCA advertising? First lets learn what MCA is. The company is Motor Club Of America. They have been in business since 1926. They are a Motor club and travel organization serving The United States and Canada. Providing Roadside Assistance and Discounts on Vision, Dental, Pharmaceuticals, Rental Cars, and Hotels. You can also sign up as an affiliate and make money with MCA.

The following is how you make money with MCA. You sign up for one of their packages which start out at $19.95 a month. You then sign up for free to be an affiliate. All affiliates are given a website to promote. Each time someone goes to your website and signs up for one of their packages, they pay you an $80 commission!

As you can see, this is a great opportunity to make a lot of money. The problem is that just using the website alone is not an effective way to make money with MCA. The key to MCA advertising is to have a good system that does the selling for you. It needs to have a good capture page with videos that explain the company and compensation plan for you, as well as a good auto responder. There are a few systems that you can get for free.

When you have a good free system for MCA, you can just concentrate on advertising your capture page link. You never have to explain the benefits packages to anyone or how you make money with MCA. The system does all of that for you. This saves you a lot of time since all of the telling, selling and showing is done for you.

There are many forms of MCA advertising. Most beginners start out by placing ads on free classified websites. This method is alright and can bring you sales but you have to post a lot of ads (50-100) each day, to see any results. This can be very time consuming. There are much easier ways to make money with MCA. Once such way is solo ads. These are ads that are placed in a work from home newsletter that has thousands of subscribers that are interested in internet marketing opportunities. This is a very targeted form of advertising that brings great results.

Pay Per Click (PPC) are great MCA advertising methods as well. You place a small advertisement that will show up on the side of their search engine page only when someone is searching for something related to MCA, internet marketing or what ever keywords you choose.

As you can see, you can make money with Motor Club of America. The advertising methods mentioned are very effective. There are many other forms of MCA advertising that work as well. In order for you to be successful with any of them, you will need a good free system.

Being Smart About Car Security

Most cars today have the option of remote keyless entry, it’s just that many people don’t really know how to make the most of it. The common questions that arise are what happens when I press all the buttons on the key. Many are also sceptical about the safety associated with such a key if it can open a door from over 20ft away. Many also wonder about the possibility of someone else being able to open the door of the car with a similar key.

There are two basic remote keyless entry devices that are in the market. The first is a fob that is on your key ring which will lock and unlock your doors. Many keys also come with a means to arm and disarm an alarm on your car. The other kind is a small controller that is usually hung from your sun visor that will help you open a garage door. They can be part of home security systems that are remote control based.

For the first kind, that is a fob with a keychain, works with a small radio transmitter. When you press the relevant button on the fob, it sends out a coded signal to the receiver which either in the car or in the garage and this triggers the action to be completed.

Security of course is a big issue with remote keyless entry car keys. If it were that simple, then people would be opening each other’s cars and this could be a huge security threat. There are however ways and means in which each key is personalized and does not work when it comes to another car. It all is based on the programming of the chip that is inside the key and its transmitter and receiver.

There are several advantages to using a keyless entry system for your car. For one it is an efficient means of securing your car. It is simple enough to use and easy enough to reprogram to suit your needs. It works as a means of entry into the car, a means to lock it and to trigger a theft alarm whenever required. All of these advantages put together make it an excellent means of car security. It is also compact and is easily incorporated into your key or onto the key ring that you have. Such electronically created devices often have a fool-proof level of efficiency to them.

Rehabilitation – There Is Support Available to Help You Beat That Addiction

No one ever said trying to come clean and overcome your addiction would be easy. In fact, it is one of the biggest obstacles you will face on a daily basis in order for you to remain sane and normal. Even though you may have felt alone while you were going through the addiction phase, there is help and support available during your recovery. That is why you should take advantage of the services that are offered at a rehabilitation center.

There is so much at stake when you make the decision to become sober and take back control of your life. Even though this situation will make you one of the strongest people in the world, it will also make you the most vulnerable. You are going to need more than the love and support of your friends and family to rise to this challenge. You will need the skill, expertise and professional services of the staff at a rehabilitation center.

Keep in mind that the path to overcoming addictions is not completely the same for all substances that are abused. In addition to needing counseling, you can also benefit from group therapy sessions with your peers that are going through the same thing that you are. It is important for you to know that you are not alone and no matter what stage you are at in the process, there is help and support available.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you don’t need help or can get through this trying time in your life alone. No matter how you got into this situation, you will need some type of assistance getting out of it. Beating an addiction is not something that once you stop taking the substance you are cured. It is a continuous and daily struggle that you will have to fight for the rest of your life. It is important for you to learn more about what caused you to resort to abusing. This means that you will need to get more in tune with yourself. You will need to get help so you can become healthy mentally and physically.

When it comes to choosing a rehabilitation center, you have two choices. You can choose to enroll in a day center or a residential center. If you have allowed your addiction to make you lose control of your life and you can barely make it through the day without thinking about your indulging in your addiction, then you may need to be under constant supervision. A residential rehabilitation center may be best for you. If you are currently struggling with an addiction, but are still able to maintain to work or handle some of your obligations, a day center may be what you need. No matter what type of rehabilitation you choose to got, you will receive the help and support you need to regain control over your life and fight your addiction.

Do Addicts Really Recover?

In my line of work as addiction professional, I’m often asked “Do people with addiction get better?” The question may sound simple but it’s not really that simple. There are so many facets to addiction. The chemicals are but one aspect. There also are the addict’s personality attributes, attitudes, lifestyle, and values – all contributing and feeding the addiction syndrome. For most people, the obsession by the addict to consume chemicals is the most salient aspect of addiction. This becomes their focus of attention when asking the question, “Do addicts really recover?” Meaning can they give up drugs and become “normal” people again?

After a closer look at addiction, one begins to realize that the chemical abuse is intimately tied to the person’s mental health, lifestyle, and personal values. For example, it is hard to ignore an addict’s criminal activities related to supporting his drug habit or an alcoholic’s scheming and manipulating behavior to hide his alcoholism when the addicted or alcoholic is trying to pursue “recovery.” Can people “recover” from addiction and still carry on with these criminal or anti-social inclinations? What are the chances of a recovering person remaining abstinent while continuing to sell drugs or maintaining his connection with friends who are involved in criminal activities? Can a recovering alcoholic remain sober while bar-tending?

My point is that there is a “quality of life” a recovering addict or alcoholic must maintain to achieve a certain level of healthy living. For some this may mean pursuing counseling or following medication regime to control psychiatric symptoms. For others, a complete lifestyle change may be necessary to re-align personal priorities and internalize pro-social values. With addiction, old associations — people, places, and things – can easily trigger a relapse to old “bad habits.” There is a common belief among recovering persons that “picking-up” drugs or any substances is the last step in the relapse process. Long before the actual substance use, the person has already relapsed in his thinking – reflected in noticeable changes in attitude, values, and over-all behavior.

To go back to the original question: “Do addicts really recover?” The answer is a relative yes. For some who consider their addiction as a disorder of the whole person and take a holistic view of recovery, they aspire more than giving up the chemicals to include a reinvention of themselves, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Others are content with minimizing the harmful effects of illicit drug use but still resort to alcohol use. Still others give up drugs but continue to have dysfunctional patterns of coping or residual manifestations of personality disorders.

Do Addicts Really Recover?
Dr. Fernando B. Perfas