Looking in the Rear View Mirror of My Son’s Addiction

Since your child was born, you have tried to be a “good-enough” parent.  This obligation, skill set includes comforting and reducing his “boo-boos” to lessen the hurt. When the child was older, you could somewhat control his behavior, although it became harder, with a carrot.  For example, if you mow the lawn, you can stay…

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Music Not Glamorizing Drugs Now?

Once upon a time, musicians glamorized drugs.  Janis Joplin, in the late 60’s, would appear on stage at The Fillmore East in lower Manhattan with a “Southern Comfort” bottle.  I witnessed it as well as the audience “sniffing glue.” (the audience was as high as the performers!) Famous electric guitarist Jimmy Hendrix would often appear…

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How To Evaluate An Addiction Treatment Program

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), approximation in 2017,  at least 20 to 23 million Americans age 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction. There are about 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the U.S. alone from which to choose. It’s a daunting task to pick one, and…

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Mental Health Awareness Week: October 4-10, 2020

mental health awareness week

Just as substance abuse disorder affects millions of Americans and their families, so does mental illness, and the two are connected.  Mental Health Awareness Week will help educate, support, so those with co-occurring or dual diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and addiction will seek treatment. Many affected by both mental illness and substance…

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