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Understanding Addiction
Understanding Addiction

Addiction is often whispered about in families and among friends, but it’s rarely understood. Many people make assumptions without understanding the facts. They tell loved ones if they’d only tried harder or if they could just be a little stronger they wouldn’t be addicts, but the reality of the matter is that addiction is a…

My Addict, My Mother
My Addict, My Mother

When I envisioned my mother dying, I predicted that I would be… “okay”. That I’d be strong, prepared, and in all complete honesty—I thought there would be a sense of relief. Not because I didn’t love my mother, didn’t care, or didn’t want her alive. It wasn’t that. I wanted her to make it—I so…

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Opiate Study

The duration of a prescription may give clues into how long a person ends up using a narcotic painkiller, a new study finds. The study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that when you use a narcotic painkiller for just one day, you have only a 6%…

Shame on Us!
Shame On Us!

A few years ago in Cleveland, Ohio a woman was caught swerving her car onto a sidewalk, illegally passing a school bus full of children. A judge sentenced her to stand on the street corner wearing a sign that read, “Only an idiot would drive around a school bus.” In Arlington, Tex., a billboard features…

Substance Use
Mae’s Blog

It’s 9:03 on a Saturday Morning. The phone rings providing an unknown number. As a marketer, I instinctually take a deep breath to prepare myself. It’s a father. A father that desperately wants to get his baby girl into detox. I’ve already failed this man and his daughter earlier in the week. It’s not my…

Prescription Pill Addiction
Opioid Pain Medication

Prescription opioid pain medications took the lives of almost 19,000 people in our country in 2014.  This number 15 years prior to that was about 4000 in 1999!  That is a 375% increase in 15 years.  There are many reasons for the spike and they have been well chronicled.  Things like “it must be safe…

Journey to Recovery
Be A Ninja

As a child growing up, regardless of where you went to school, you were undoubtedly asked the question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  For many, the answers were the usual policeman, fireman, teacher, doctor, etc.  If you were like me, you wanted to be a ninja.  I am pretty confident…

Overcoming Addiction and Remaining Sober
Overcoming Addiction and Remaining Sober

Nick came to work with me in counseling sessions when he was 15 years-old.  He was a typical New York City teenager – worldly, expressive, and fascinated by life.  He had never been in counseling before so his natural hesitancy with myself and counseling in general was our initial hurdle that we needed to overcome. …

Heroin Suburbia's Deadly Secret
Heroin – The Deadliest Suburban Secret

If you are reading this, you probably know someone who is addicted to drugs or you might be on your way to addiction.  Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century.  They became popular in the 60’s through the music industry and the media. Today, heroin is taking a…