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KNOWING IF, WHEN, AND HOW TO LET GO OF AN ADULT CHILD WITH AN ACTIVE USE DISORDER

Being a parent (or a sibling of a using adult) is not easy. I remember being pregnant with my daughter. It was a cold winter morning and I was at work with morning sickness. As I walked out of the john looking pale at best, a colleague put her hand on my shoulder and said, “This is the easiest part. Just...

FOR THE FAMILIES – DEAR HEROIN

Dear Heroin, I f—ing hate you, You are the sorriest, most vicious, demonic SOB in the world. You took over my child at his most vulnerable and you lured him into your lair of deceit. Then wrapped your evil talons around him, leaked into his brain and never let go. You told him that he was the greatest human being in the...

LIVING BEYOND – PREGNANT AND STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION

Every day in the United States a parent loses a child to meth and other addictive substances. For a majority of people; it would be unimaginable for someone to intentionally cause harm to the life of a child. While we recognize that America is fighting an epidemic of untold proportions; we seldom discuss the dirty little secret of addiction...

ADDICTED AND PREGNANT

Sarah wasn’t like most girls when she was growing up in a middleclass home located in  suburbia USA. She was a bit shy and didn’t have a vast group of friends, but she had talent. Sarah was a gifted soccer player and A+ student who was never one to sit back on her laurels. She methodically worked her gifts...

RECONSIDERING GENERATION X

We rarely hear about Generation X, those individuals born between 1965 and 1978. Out-muscled by larger masses of Baby Boomers (1946-1964) and Millennials (1979-1995), the voices of Gen X had been initially silenced, criticized for being less significant than their demographic counterparts. Generation X has always been under siege with scapegoating emanating from the scientific community and media. Consider the...

WHY TOUGH LOVE MIGHT FINALLY BE THE ANSWER

CONFRONTING YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS DIFFICULT. BUT TAKING A FIRM STANCE – AND NOT BACKING DOWN – MAY BE THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE THEM. At 22 years old, Grace Shober was shooting heroin and snorting cocaine when her parents told her that they were closing their doors to her once and for all. After about...

THE BIG #CHILL: YOUR SWEET SPOT FOR STAYING COOL UNDER PRESSURE

What did the young Thailand boys do in 2018 to survive being stranded in a cave? They meditated and remained still to conserve their energy. What did famed psychologist Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, do in 1942 to survive Auschwitz? He meditated to take his mind away from the horror of prisoners dropping dead around him...

Florida Combats Patient Brokering Through New Legislation

Floridians know well the devastation associated with America’s opioid epidemic. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, opioids were the cause, or present at the time, of death in 10,621 cases in 2016, an increase of 89.46% from 2012. But Floridians are less familiar with how the expansion of insurance coverage for behavioral health under the ACA and the...

ON GRIEF AND GRIEVING: A LESSON IN LIBERATION

Grief. It’s a big topic and one most of us prefer to avoid, but grief is sneaky and you never know when or how it’s going to show up to offer a life lesson. One thing I’ve learned about trying to hide unwelcome emotions is that they do show up and not usually when or how we want them...

HOW TO GET OUT OF A “NEGATIVE SPIRAL”

We all go through trials and tribulations in life. We experience pain, discomfort, sadness and disappointment as human beings. We know what it is like to feel down and in the dark. When we experience these feelings most of us don’t like it. We want to escape it. We want to change the way we feel. Some people turn...