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MICHAEL’S GIFT

There he was. My precious baby boy. My first child. It was instant love. I was a mother dedicated to doing everything I could for my baby so that...

SEARCHING FOR OUR TRIBE

Although we savor the freedom to be ourselves, and, not withstanding our lifelong quest to be who we will become, we instinctively seek something more. We struggle against autonomy...

A Love So Strong

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...

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...

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...

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...

IS TOUGH LOVE EFFECTIVE?

On the night of Dec. 12, 1994, in Madison, Wisconsin, Theresa J. McGovern froze to death in a snow bank. She was 45 years old and the mother of...

YOU CAN’T CANDY-COAT THIS! THE CATASTROPHIC AFFECTS OF SUGAR AND PROCESSED FOODS IN THE...

Why is it that nearly every addiction treatment center in the U.S. has candy dishes strategically positioned throughout the facility? You find these little vessels of sugary delights in...

LIVING BEYOND – DEBUNKING THE MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES ASSOCIATED WITH ADDICTION

Early on in my career, I had the privilege of working with a variety of addicts and addictive behaviors. As a therapist, I soon discovered that there is a...

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