12 Tips for Parents of College Students Home Due to COVID-19

college student home due to covid-19
Over the past several weeks, I have been thinking a lot about what it is like for parents who suddenly find themselves living with their bright eyed, I know everything, independent college student home due to COVID-19 again. With college campuses closed, Covid 19 has sent hundreds of thousands of college aged students’ home, and back to their high...

What Family Members Need to Know About Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behavior

Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behavior
Not all substance abusers manifest suicidal behavior, but too many do. A CDC toxicology study of suicide victims found over one-third positive for alcohol and just under one-fifth positive for opiates. These substances did not cause these suicides, but they likely added to the victims’ risk. Most family members of individuals who abuse alcohol and other substances are aware...

The Road to Resilience Luncheon

The Road to Resilience luncheon
The Road to Resilience luncheon held on March 12 at the Wycliffe Country Club, which I co-chaired along with Diane and Bob Herzog, was a huge success. We had over 250 people attend, which was wonderful, considering the next day, virtually everyone started to self-quarantine. Jewish Family Services recognizes the problems facing families who are affected by addiction and started...

LOVE LETTERS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE

LOVE LETTERS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE
How to make your down-time meaningful and fulfilling What if an old fashioned, thoughtful LOVE LETTER changed your life for the better, rekindled the intimacy and connection in one of your relationships, or even helped the world during these chaotic and frightening times? The typical contemporary and busy lifestyles we lead interfere with our ability to express love fully, with tenderness...

COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS – THE ADDICTIVE ROLLERCOASTER

COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS - THE ADDICTIVE ROLLERCOASTER
Addiction is a chronic and compulsive disease that has an ability of taking over your complete person. While it may start off innocent enough; the compulsive nature of the disease is capable of consuming your life. The compulsion is driven by a desire to feel a particular way. You may be driven by the perception of an unfulfilled area...

LOVED ONES OF THOSE STRUGGLING WITH OPIOID ADDICTION

LOVED ONES OF THOSE STRUGGLING WITH OPIOID ADDICTION
I have worked for over thirty some years in the field of behavioral health as a therapist, university faculty member, and advanced practice nurse. My experience has covered more ground than I could or would want to share in this article. But there is an overwhelming occurrence happening right now to our adult children that drives me to comment....

CELEBRITIES AND THEIR DOCTORS – FIRST DO NO HARM

CELEBRITIES AND THEIR DOCTORS - FIRST DO NO HARM
Celebrities and their doctors … drug dealers emanate from every stratum of society. They can be politicians, leaders of drug cartels, or respectable physicians. And while not every highly publicized celebrity death is a back-door drug deal, they often are the result of legitimate medical treatments. The phrase “first do no harm” represents the essence of the Hippocratic oath,...

COPING WITH PANIC

Man holding his head in elevator having panic attack
Most individuals have experienced panic at some point in their lives. Experiencing a feeling of panic can be very scary, especially at times like these, with the COVID-19 pandemic on every news channel. Panic may feel like the only way to react to the situation. Panic is a normal human instinct. Our brains are wired for survival, and this...

OVERCOMING ADDICTION FOR THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

OVERCOMING ADDICTION FOR THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
Serving others produce a chemical reaction in your body that makes you feel a natural high and better about yourself. Recent research studies have shown that people with autism who drink or use legal drugs are more likely to become addicted to, or otherwise, abuse these substances than those who are not on the autism spectrum. Dr. Duneesha De Alwis...

SPIRITUAL CONFUSION: A ROADBLOCK TO RECOVERY

spiritual women with broken chain
Spirituality is considered to be a critical component to achieving a successful recovery. In fact, it’s the cornerstone of most 12-Step programs. It’s also a concept that’s frequently misunderstood, which can create a significant roadblock for many. It’s been my experience, that spiritual confusion is often the result of religious bias associated with the concepts of spirituality and spiritual...