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Social Distancing, Isolation, and Staying Healthy

Social Distancing, Isolation, and Staying Healthy
I turn the faucet on and sing "Happy Birthday." Twice. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, I obey the government guidelines- social distancing, isolation, and staying healthy. What I can’t wash off is the most life-changing birthday of my life. The day my husband abandoned "for better or worse," the vow we both had promised to follow decades earlier....

Prostitution, Sex Trafficking and Bondage of the Human Mind

prostitution, sex trafficking and bondage of the human mind
Other than TV, the first time I heard about sex for hire, I was sixteen years old. I had just interviewed for my first job. During the interview, I quickly decided that I was not interested in the advertised role of emptying vender machines. As I was preparing to leave, the interviewer said, “I have an escort service”. When...

DISCRIMINATION-MANAGING THESE TURBULENT TIMES

DISCRIMINATION-MANAGING THESE TURBULENT TIMES
In the wake of George Floyd, I respectfully compose this article. The intent of my article is not to debate or facilitate hate or discrimination. I write this article from a place of genuine concern and with a heavy heart. It is not only my heart that is heavy-laden, but the hearts and minds of so many who have...

DRUG CULTURE AND THE CULTURE OF RECOVERY

DRUG CULTURE AND THE CULTURE OF RECOVERY
Historically, the field of substance use treatment focuses on cultures based on language, ethnicity, race, and national origin, with little or no attention to an individual’s drug culture. In turn, this neglect has affected not only the duration of a person’s substance use pattern, but also contributes to years of multiple relapses. Within the drug culture, individuals often share...

SLY STONE’S FALL FROM GRACE

SLY STONE’S FALL FROM GRACE
Before withdrawing into the inner-city slums, Sylvester Stone had been a transformative musical legend. With his Family Stone, he turned Max Yasgur’s farm into a dance party, traded rock for funk, and was among a handful of acts to emerge from Woodstock as a bonafide “superstar.” Before his fall from grace, the former disk jockey and San Francisco record...

PROBLEM-SOLVING GROUP THERAPY

Problem-Solving Group Therapy
Problem-Solving Group Therapy teaches a powerful and effective model of group therapy that meets the needs of behavioral health professionals including counselors, supervisors, group members, group leaders, and clinical managers, both in person and virtual settings. This evidenced based group process has evolved fifty years of clinical practice and application, and has helped thousands of people improve their life and...

RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL ABUSE PAVED THE WAY FOR CANCER SURVIVAL

recovery from alcohol abuse
“New Beginnings Are Often Disguised as Painful Endings” ~ Lao Tzu WHOA The lump on my throat popped out when I raised my head to the water streaming down on me in the shower 2 years ago. I called my doctor immediately and the whole process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery began. Referred to specialists, I soon had a surgeon and...

POST-ACUTE WITHDRAWAL AND THE FAMILY

Post-Acute Withdrawal
If there’s one thing I wish I knew when I was first getting sober, and when my son was getting clean and sober, it’s the information I’m about to share with you about post-acute withdrawal syndrome, also commonly referred to as PAWS. It would have saved me, and our family, so much needless confusion and suffering. Once I started...

THE CALL TO CHANGE YOUR ALGORITHM

The topic is phones. “We’re a lot like them,” he muses. “We sleep to recharge, we look for a connection, we can take in a lot of data. But when a phone malfunctions, it can reprogram itself.” He continues, “Our human malfunctions are depression, anxiety, addiction. And there are a lot of people who feel like they can’t reprogram...

Living Recovery Out Loud

LADY HAPPY IN RECOVERY FACING THE SKY
Living recovery out loud is not something that’s possible for everyone. Anonymity is a personal choice and should always remain up to the individual. I want to make that absolutely clear, since there may be those who will disagree with what I have to say about choosing to live my recovery out loud. Because, let’s face it, even though it...