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.

Time to Up the Standards in the Addiction Treatment World (Part II)

I believe that treatment centers should only be owned and operated by people with a medical background, or who are licensed/certified personally under the appropriate state statute.

My 2017 Wish List for Substance Use Disorder Treatment (Part II)

My 2017 wish list focuses on treating individuals with SUDs the same way people diagnosed with other disorders or illnesses are treated by our health system.

Repealing ObamaCare Could Decimate the Addiction Treatment Industry

Should the Party of Trump succeed in repealing ObamaCare, few industries would be harder hit than addiction treatment and mental health providers.

Sleeping Pills Are Addictive, Unsafe, and Ineffective

Sleeping pills are to be used short-term and only after the patient has been briefed on all the many problems they frequently cause.

My 2017 Wish List for Substance Use Disorder Treatment (Part I)

Everything on this year’s wish list I could have included last year, the year before that, and before I wrote Inside Rehab.

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.

TMI: Why Do I Know So Much About My Counselor’s Personal Life?

Self-disclosure by addiction treatment counselors has a long and illustrious history. The original alcohol and drug counselors were people in recovery themselves and their primary methodology was based on the 12-Step model. Essentially paid sponsors, they shared “experience, strength, and hope” with new clients as they worked their way through the 30-day program. In fact, […]

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 […]