Double Standard Stigma Around Addiction

Double Standard Stigma Around Addiction

MaryBeth Cichocki’s son, Matt, died of a drug overdose. She is determined to do whatever she can to help another child, another parent, another family, which includes working to extend insurance coverage for 90 days in residential treatment/rehab (vs the current 28 days) and to promote and support efforts to regulate sober living homes in Florida. SheContinue Reading

A Very Fine House – Interview with Author Barbara Cofer Stoefen

A Very Fine House – Interview with Author Barbara Cofer Stoefen

I recently finished reading Barbara Cofer Stoefen’s book, A Very Fine House, a Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth, and my first word reaction was, “Wow.” Wow in the way one feels after reading something so powerful, so compelling, one knows it’s going to take a while to let it all sink in.Continue Reading

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

Using the Science of Stress to Change Emotional | Physical Health

In my work with various groups and individuals, it’s been my simplification of the science of stress that has especially resonated for many of my clients, because stress is the underpinning of the impacts of secondhand drinking and often of alcohol and other drug misuse, as well as the success of one’s recovery. So IContinue Reading

Dealing With a Passive Aggressive Partner | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

Dealing With a Passive Aggressive Partner | Guest Author Darlene Lancer

In famlies where there is (or has been) active addiction, there generally is (or also has been) active unhealthy coping skills developed by the person whose been grappling with their loved one’s drinking or drug misuse behaviors (aka secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging, aka codependency). Generally this happens because that person does not understand the natureContinue Reading

Jim Anders Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

Jim Anders Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Jim Anders, former advertising copywriter and the author of All Drinking Aside and the blog, AllDrinkingAside.com. Jim has graciously agreed to share the story of his alcohol addiction and the recovery journey he’s taken as today’s Face of Recovery. He first got into recovery in 1996 and then replapsed several times, which is so important toContinue Reading

LGBT Rights Win Big | Addiction Recovery Can Too

LGBT Rights Win Big | Addiction Recovery Can Too

I was deeply moved when I looked to my left as I was driving into San Francisco, today, and saw the pink triangle atop Twin Peaks (moved enough to risk snapping a photo and grateful traffic had slowed to a crawl). For those who are not familiar with the Pink Triangle’s significance and history, it was firstContinue Reading

Disease of Addiction | Disease of Free Will – Dr. Nora Volkow

Disease of Addiction | Disease of Free Will – Dr. Nora Volkow

For those who may not know, Dr. Nora Volkow is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). I have long admired her work and found her recent article, “Addiction Is a Disease of Free Will,” another in a long list of her compelling research publications and articles. As she explains in this one:Continue Reading

Addiction is a Family Disease – UNITE to Face Addiction

Addiction is a Family Disease – UNITE to Face Addiction

You’ve likely heard some of the statistics: 23+ million Americans struggle with addiction but only 10% get the help they need 23+ million Americans are in recovery from their addiction to alcohol or other drugs 100 million family members are affected by a loved one’s substance use disorder, namely their drinking or drugging behaviors. TheseContinue Reading