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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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TRUTHS ABOUT BARRIERS TO TREATMENT FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTIVE ILLNESS

This business of being a psychotherapist and the mother of an adult son with a co occurring disorder is not easy. My patients and I are slogging through cement all in...
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THE LATEST TREND IN GEN Z: ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

When Milly’s father called, he discovered Milly’s dark secret. He tried to be a compassionate and attentive father as she broke down in tears and explained what was going on. Devastated...
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STONED BABIES AND UNDERACHIEVING ADULTS

Physicians and medical professionals routinely warn women not to use marijuana while they are pregnant or nursing. Why? The best available scientific evidence has established that exposure to marijuana’s psychoactive constituent,...
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL AND THE DEVELOPING TEENAGE BRAIN

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still...
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SHOULD YOU STAY OR GO WHEN YOUR SPOUSE IS STRUGGLING WITH SUD? ONE PERSON’S...

I believe that the best chance an individual with a use disorder has to survive and thrive comes from the healthy involvement of their family in the recovery process. Of course, not...
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KNOWING IF, WHEN, AND HOW TO LET GO OF AN ADULT CHILD WITH...

Being a parent (or a sibling of a using adult) is not easy. I remember being pregnant with my daughter. It was a cold winter morning and I was at work with...
FOR THE FAMILIES – DEAR HEROIN

FOR THE FAMILIES – DEAR HEROIN

Dear Heroin, I f—ing hate you, You are the sorriest, most vicious, demonic SOB in the world. You took over my child at his most vulnerable and you lured him into your lair...

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