How to Help Families Work Through the Shame of Addiction

For families dealing with the shame of their child’s substance use, isolation, embarrassment, and pain can quickly bubble to the surface.

Opiates: Understanding a Use Disorder

Let’s talk about the medical side of opiate use and detail the warning signs an individual might have with an abuse or dependency problem.

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Loved One Does NOT Recover

Let’s take a hard look at five recovery strategies that probably seem like good ideas in theory, but are doomed to fail.

My Journey Through Alcohol Dependence and Postpartum Psychosis

Once I became pregnant, I became truly afraid of having a child with fetal-alcohol syndrome. I was determined not to drink…for forty weeks.

Putting Space Back Down

Those of us who find ourselves in the supporting cast of characters need to put the space down and pick our own space back up.

Addiction Whack-a-Mole: Why We Jump From One Fix to Another

Anecdotally, it’s not uncommon for someone who has recovered from one addiction to find himself or herself embroiled in a new problematic behavior – one that may pose a comparable threat to his or her wellbeing. How come a new fixation crops up just as a prior one is (seemingly) resolved? Several theories abound and […]

Setting Priorities and Reframing the Holidays

One of the things that can cut down on holiday stress is using a three-list strategy to triage the “to-dos” at holiday time – or any time of the year.

A New Patient-Initiated Coalition Battles Benzos

Benzodiazepines have been in widespread use for fifty years, but the clinical trials of these drugs were short-term and their long-term safety was never established.

How Do You Know if You Have a Drinking Problem? Look at the Problems Alcohol is Causing in Your Life

It’s often said, “If you think you have a drinking problem, you probably do.” But what does that mean?

What To Look For in an Addiction Counselor – Part II

What other qualities are important to look for in a substance use disorder counselor or therapist?