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CHRONIC PAIN- THE UNINVITED GUEST

When Carmen first contacted me about what happened to her son, she thought it was too late. Her voice cracked over the phone and I could hardly hear her through bouts of uncontrollable sobbing. “Bobby-- my son-- he was just released from the hospital. He collapsed on the playing field during a...

YOUR BRAIN IS ON FIRE AND HOW TO DOUSE THE FLAMES

In preparing to write this article, a TV commercial from the 70’s kept popping up in my consciousness. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. The commercial was omnipresent, it seems as though it was airing every time I turned on the TV. Anyone who grew up in the 70’s will remember it.

TEMPLE OF THE NINE: PART II

The suicide deaths of Chester Bennington, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, and Michael Hutchence were discussed in the November, 2018 issue of The Sober World. In an article titled “The Temple of the Nine” the lives of these grunge pioneers were examined. The remaining five musicians offer another cautionary tale, yet to be heeded. Included in this prolific...

IS UNTREATED MENTAL ILLNESS HURTING YOUR BOTTOM LINE?

Depression, anxiety, and substance use may not seem like things that an employer should concern themselves with, but the reality is that mental health can have a critical impact on a company’s bottom line. Think about your workforce. Do you have: • employees who frequently call out sick? • managers that consistently struggle...

LIVING BEYOND – DEBUNKING THE MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES ASSOCIATED WITH ADDICTION

Early on in my career, I had the privilege of working with a variety of addicts and addictive behaviors. As a therapist, I soon discovered that there is a distinct difference between an “out-of-control” addict and a “highly functioning” addict. The life of an “out-of-control” addict often resembles an amusement ride. Even as...

MOMS LESSONS OF LOVE

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate love in all relationships and forms. For mothers whose children have struggled with substance use disorders, it is a day to reflect on the pure nature of unconditional parental love. With this deeper reflection, mothers from the Moms United to End the War on Drugs international campaign are rejecting paternalistic drug policies...

PURDUE PHARMA- WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED?

As a Registered Nurse, if I gave my patient a drug that resulted in their death, I would be held accountable. April 17,2018- one passenger is killed when an engine malfunctions on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. Immediately, the airline industry took corrective action by grounding all planes. Their concern was not pleasing their future passengers, but keeping them alive. From 1998-2015,...

DIFFERENT BEHAVIORS, SIMILAR ISSUES: THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SELF-INJURY AND SUBSTANCE USE

Children as young as 3 years of age are doing it. Adults who do this are 37 times more likely to attempt suicide in a one-year period. You have 12-months to intervene before a possible suicide attempt! What is it? Self-injury. There are correlations between substance use, suicide, and self-injury; many are stating that self-injury is a form of addiction. In addition, I...

TRUTHS ABOUT BARRIERS TO TREATMENT FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTIVE ILLNESS

This business of being a psychotherapist and the mother of an adult son with a co occurring disorder is not easy. My patients and I are slogging through cement all in an effort to move forward and to keep ourselves and our children alive. It is not easy because of a paucity of funds for clinically-informed treatment. It is...

THE LATEST TREND IN GEN Z: ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

When Milly’s father called, he discovered Milly’s dark secret. He tried to be a compassionate and attentive father as she broke down in tears and explained what was going on. Devastated over her mother’s alcoholism and her inability to get help, Milly sunk into a deep depression. Her weight swung like a pendulum as she gained 45 pounds in...