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SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE – A REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY AND ITS DIRECTOR

A few months ago, USA Today ran a damning report titled: “U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began.” This wasn’t a human interest story so we didn’t get to know these folks for who they really were. They were just like the rest of us in the respect that they were...

A PAINFUL TRUTH ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RETIREMENT AND ADDICTIVE ILLNESS

During the last three years of my employment as a psychotherapist for a psychiatry program in a busy medical school practice, I found that my pending retirement at age 70 was inviting a number of referrals for same-age individuals not coping well with retirement. Now we all know the common beliefs about retirement; that Mondays are simply...

POSTSECONDARY TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION IN RECOVERY

Some of the greatest losses for many individuals who have struggled with addiction is the loss of a supportive networks of families, friends, and communities. Since the 1930’s, recovery groups, such as Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), have served to provide peer support and a formative understanding of the particular dangers individuals in addiction and recovery face daily. As...

SAVING MYSELF

I walked down the church hallway looking for the support group for parents of addicts. Entering the room, I kept my head down, avoiding eye contact. The room was big, bright with chairs arranged in a large circle. A few people were talking and laughing. Was I in the right room? I couldn’t imagine laughing again.

HOW A MOBILE APP CAN HELP TREAT ADDICTION AND MOOD DISORDERS

Limited access to mental health care is one of the biggest public health problems facing us today. Technology can help us change that. Maintaining your mental health while away from your clinician’s office can also be challenging. Technology can also help us with that. Addiction clinicians have had great success with...

SHIFT THE FOCUS – GRANDPARENTS, ARE YOU A ‘GIVING TREE’?

Beloved by teachers and children alike, Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” presents many lessons about the gift of giving and unconditional love. In its simplest terms, this book presents a beautiful way to live: unselfish and generous. In the world of addiction, “The Giving Tree” takes on a whole new meaning. Parents share stories...

SOBRIETY, DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE

Depression doesn’t care if you’re rich or famous, poor or homeless. It doesn’t care if you’re young or old, ordinary or superlatively gifted. Depression cuts across social economic status, is found in every culture and in every country around the world. It drapes itself over men, women and children - and thinks nothing...

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS: PREPARE FOR A SAFE LANDING AFTER TREATMENT

After a long flight, most of us welcome the small overhead light that indicates it’s time to fasten our seatbelts. Usually this is followed by the announcement: “The captain has turned on the fasten your seatbelt indicator to help us prepare for a safe landing.” Even though we’ve traveled thousands...

ADDERALL: WHY IT IS BEING ABUSED AND WHAT WE CAN DO

Modern life bears little resemblance to the lives past generations have lived. Technology has changed, expectations have changed and how we spend our time has changed. In today’s world there is pressure to be the best of the best; not just sometimes, but all the time. We live in a world of constant comparisons, judgements, and competitions...