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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...

STONED BABIES AND UNDERACHIEVING ADULTS

Physicians and medical professionals routinely warn women not to use marijuana while they are pregnant or nursing. Why? The best available scientific evidence has established that exposure to marijuana’s psychoactive constituent,...

MY FIRST ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETING

I went to my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting long before I was an alcoholic. On a summer evening, when I was in my 30’s, after dinner with my parents at their...

SHOULD YOU STAY OR GO WHEN YOUR SPOUSE IS STRUGGLING WITH SUD? ONE PERSON’S...

I believe that the best chance an individual with a use disorder has to survive and thrive comes from the healthy involvement of their family in the recovery process. Of course, not...

FREDDY FENDER, ANGOLA, AND THE WAR ON DRUGS

We’ve all heard the quip, “It’s all in the timing,” but for Tex-Mex singer Freddy Fender, his timing couldn’t have been worse. Early in his career, he was trying to perfect...

ENDOCARDITIS: A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK OF ADDICTION

In her youth, Emily was an exceptional young woman. She was an A+ student with big goals and loads of ambition. When she wasn’t studying, you’d often find her participating in...

EMPOWERMENT: HOPE, HEALING AND RECOVERY IN WOMEN’S HEALTH

This essay is about hope, healing, and recovery regarding women impacted by the opioid epidemic. It is not about blame, shame, or placing guilt on anyone or any system such as...

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...

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...

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,...

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