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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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MOMS LESSONS OF LOVE

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate love in all relationships and forms. For mothers whose children have struggled with substance use disorders, it is a day to reflect on the...
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PURDUE PHARMA- WHEN WILL JUSTICE BE SERVED?

As a Registered Nurse, if I gave my patient a drug that resulted in their death, I would be held accountable. April 17,2018- one passenger is killed when an engine malfunctions on...
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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...

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