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NAVIGATING THE GUILT AND SHAME OF ADDICTION

I have often likened active addiction to an aerial view of a tornado as it tears through town. What’s left in either case, addiction or the tornado’s path, is tremendous destruction. If you look closely, you see the twister jumping over a few blocks leaving some areas untouched. In the addict’s life, there are a few sober...

LIVING BEYOND – FIRST RESPONDERS AND ADDICTION: THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIRST RESPONDER

As a first responder and psychologist, I have been in the midst of some of the most horrific and unimaginable scenes. All the training in the world can never prepare your visual mind or your sense of smell associated with fire related events. Whether you are on the scene of a motor vehicle accident or involved with...

DRUGS AND THE BLACK AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Heroin (Diacetylmorphine), a semi-synthetic narcotic derived from morphine, was created in 1847 by a chemist at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and used as a cold medication for children. The drug was marketed as a remedy for tuberculosis, laryngitis, and coughs and later touted as a potential cure for morphine addiction. Heroin...

WHY IS OUTPATIENT MAT THE FUTURE OF ADDICTION TREATMENT?

There have occurred dramatic advances in the treatment of SUD (substance use disorders) in the last decade. Treatment models have evolved from pure abstinence and social context approaches to a new paradigm which incorporates the biological, social, and behavioral components of this heterogeneous disorder into a unifying theme known today as MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment).

How Do You Win The War When You Don’t Know Who The Enemy Is?

What’s the war? It’s the physiological and emotional reactions to the neurotransmitter imbalances within your physiology, which expresses as an addiction and/or abuse of drugs and alcohol.  Who’s the enemy? The specific neurotransmitter levels involved in the creation of less than optimal levels. Problem: Abuse and addictions are not being addressed at the biomarker...

ADDICTION – A FAMILY’S WORST NIGHTMARE

There are only a few words in the English language that can evoke more pain and wider range of emotions in a parent than, “your child is addicted to drugs.” It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time a parent hears it or after multiple relapses; it feels like a punch to the gut and you’re never...

BULLYING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Oftentimes when we think of bullying, an ordinary school room or cafeteria comes to mind. But imagine instead a chat room, or imagine utilizing Facebook to extensively harass and bully another individual. This is what bullying often looks like for today’s youth. In fact, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center, the percentages of individuals who have...

FEELING DEPRESSED? TEN GUIDELINES FOR STARTING DEPRESSION RECOVERY

Depression is a serious problem that leads to relapse for many recovering people. The book, Depression and Relapse, helps people understand how similar tools can be used to treat both illnesses simultaneously. Here’s a list of ten simple things you can start doing today to stay sober and begin to feel a little...

HOW FAMILY MEMBERS CAN MOVE FROM FEAR TO LOVE AND HELP THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONE’S HEAL

Have you ever seen the X-Men character Wolverine where claws magically emerge from his knuckles when he needs them and then go back in when he doesn’t? If you are a family member impacted by a loved one’s Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or other Brain Disorder, chances are you may have those claws hidden...

COLLEGE MENTAL HEALTH: A CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS

Be sure to learn more about what resources are available at your child’s college or university to help support their mental health Approximately four million students have enrolled in college for the first time this year. This transition to university life can be overwhelming for many young people, particularly for those with mental health...