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SUGAR HIGHS: IS MARIJUANA THE REAL GATE-WAY DRUG?

Our children are dying en masse of opioid overdoses and the federal government is going back in a time machine arguing that marijuana is a gate-way drug. As they...

The Untold Secret

Actually, it is not a secret but more like an aspect of addiction hidden in plain sight. For decades we’ve split off mental health from addiction and alcoholism. The history of...

Stop The Flow Of Money!

Spring garage sales are seasonal celebrations in my Midwest town. Along with cleaning out the clutter, the high point of these community events is visiting with old friends who stop by and meeting...

Program Settings And Treatment Options For Substance Using Juvenile Offenders

Prior to the past two decades the only treatment options available for the publicly supported juvenile population were long-term residential programs (e.g., therapeutic communities) and outpatient counseling. Those individuals and families...
The Great Eraser

The Great Eraser

At my treatment facility, I was taught that addiction is like a “Great Eraser”. It erases everything that matters in your life. The first tier of “The Great Eraser” is the...
ACE STUDY

BRINGING THE ACE STUDY TO LIFE

A ten-year study created by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Disease Control was administered to 17,000 people. This was one of the largest investigations conducted to assess associations between childhood...
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THE THREE MOST POWERFUL WORDS IN ANY RELATIONSHIP: “I TRUST YOU”

The cornerstone of all effective relationships is trust. When we think of verbs that often accompany trust, they tend to be words like ‘earned’ or ‘established’. Few words can indicate a...
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DIFFERENT BEHAVIORS, SIMILAR ISSUES: THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SELF-INJURY AND SUBSTANCE USE

Children as young as 3 years of age are doing it. Adults who do this are 37 times more likely to attempt suicide in a one-year period. You have 12-months to intervene before...
The Pandemics effect on the family

The Pandemic’s Effect on the Family

The Pandemics effect on the family has called upon the parents to perform many new tasks. They are no longer merely their child’s primary caregiver, but they are now serving as...

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