Author Archive | Dan Workman

Trading One Addiction for Another

“It’s not your body that needs to heal; it’s your mind! You ARE an addict so BE an addict! You’ve got to channel it!”  ~ Trainspotting 2 (Paraphrasing) “I don’t want to try (insert recovery method) because it just feels like trading one addiction for another.” ~ Many addicts At least once a week I […]

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Five Things I Want Parents to Know About Addiction Treatment

Let’s start this one with an important disclaimer: I never went to detox or rehab. That’s right; I once smashed my dad’s truck window to steal drug money but I got clean without treatment. So why do I help so many other people find treatment? 1 – Asking for help is NOT easy. I’ve often […]

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For Casey David Colledge (1991-2017)

I wish you’d been here to see the happy tears today. I wish I’d been able to do more for you this time around. You treated me like I was a much bigger deal than I thought of myself. I saw that in the faces of those who love you today. They wanted business cards and help for their own kids and for a moment I felt like some random dude who put on scrubs and walked into the hospital—now unsure of what to do with all the people who mistake him for a doctor.

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Living a (Past) Life of Chaos

“Rebellion was my first addiction.” – Black Tar Mormon I find myself cleaning a lot more these days than I used to. I doubt anyone would call me “tidy” but compared to how I’ve lived in previous years, I’m, well… In my experience, drug addiction didn’t start or stop all at once. The spiral from […]

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“Our Dan Story” – By Parents

November 9, 2017 Our family met Dan Workman on October 26, 2017. The leader of the Utah Changes Parent Network recommended him to us when we were desperate to get our 20-year-old son Dane into detox and rehab as soon as possible. After a two-year decline into an overwhelming heroin addiction, Dane was fast losing […]

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“Mormon Parents: Let Me Teach You About Addiction in YOUR Language.”

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to reach some of the exact families I’ve wanted to with my story. More and more I realize that what I do now isn’t far from what I did as a missionary in Mexico. How many of us grew up here and didn’t want to be like Ammon? (If memory […]

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(More Than) Addicts

“What if they aren’t ‘less than?’ What if they are ‘more than?’” – Split Tonight I saw something miraculous. I saw a heart open and words resonate in someone who was previously blinded by anger. I thought of Preston, whose last words to his mother were “F-you” when a loving father showed me the identical […]

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Landon’s Spark

“And the tears come streaming down your face. When you lose something you can’t replace.” – “Fix You” Coldplay The first time I spoke with Landon, his story and struggle were palpably painful because of how much he reminded me of me. We talked many times throughout the following months, but I had fallen prey […]

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Addiction = Disease or Weakness?

Last week, I saw a YouTube video that spewed some of the same hate that has sadly become routine. The guy ranted about how if you say you have the “disease” of addiction, you’re just “weak.” Let’s break this down in the least-scientific way possible. I’m so tired of this argument.  I believe strongly in […]

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What is “Black Tar Mormon” about?

Fifteen years ago I began the process of writing this book… I just didn’t realize it. I was a Mormon Missionary in Mexico and began finding therapy through writing. Back then, before emojis, writing to convey tone seemed like more of an art form. Obviously, anyone who considers themselves a wordsmith still enjoys that challenge […]

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