Adverse Childhood Experiences – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Revolutionizing Pediatric Medicine

Adverse Childhood Experiences – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Revolutionizing Pediatric Medicine

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’s TEDMED Talk on how childhood trauma – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – affects health across a lifetime is remarkable. I urge readers of this blog to view her 15 minute video because childhood trauma is one of the key risk factors for developing a substance use disorder. Revolutionizing Pediatric Medicine to RecognizeContinue Reading

Stephanie Brenner – Sharing Her Story of Heroin Addiction Recovery

Stephanie Brenner – Sharing Her Story of Heroin Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Stephanie Brenner – today’s Face of Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share her story of her heroin addiction and the recovery journey she’s taken. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have theContinue Reading

Healing a Broken Heart | Carolyn Hughes

Healing a Broken Heart | Carolyn Hughes

When your heart is broken — whether it’s over the death of a loved one, a failed relationship, an abusive partner, or a family member’s substance misuse — your depths of sadness and despair, perhaps even anger, and of course, hurt, often overshadow any thoughts of hope, let alone possibilities of actually healing your brokenContinue Reading

Children of Alcoholics Need Our Help

Children of Alcoholics Need Our Help

Unless you’ve been a child in a home with untreated, unhealthily discussed alcohol (or drug) misuse or addiction, it’s difficult to image what it’s like to be a child in such a home. Devastating. Scary. Shame-filled. Life-robbing. Lonely. Isolating. It’s a set-up for a “rest of your life” that NONE of us would ever wishContinue Reading

Addiction is a Treatable Brain Disease – Really!

Addiction is a Treatable Brain Disease – Really!

The Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Michael Botticelli as the Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy is a milestone to celebrate. Whether you personally struggle with the disease of addiction or you are a family member trying to help a loved one who is, Mr. Botticelli’s appointment is proof positive that addiction is aContinue Reading

When Caring Too Much is Bad | Darlene Lancer

When Caring Too Much is Bad | Darlene Lancer

Caring too much? Is it even possible when worried about a loved one’s drinking or drug use and what that loved one is doing to themselves and others? Here to help us understand this dynamic and what to do about it is Darlene Lancer, author of Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing theContinue Reading

For Your Brain ‘s Sake – Step Away From Your Cell Phone, Email…

For Your Brain ‘s Sake – Step Away From Your Cell Phone, Email…

As someone who began her professional career in “the before” — the before cell phones (let alone Smartphones), before email, before answering machines and fax machines – heck, before the Internet and social networking “opportunities” beyond imagination (FB, Twitter, Pinterest…) – I could so relate to Daniel J Levitin’s January 18, 2105 article for TheContinue Reading

Addiction is a Family Disease | S.O.B.E.R. Tells One Family’s Story

Addiction is a Family Disease | S.O.B.E.R. Tells One Family’s Story

It’s not uncommon in discussions about the disease of addiction to focus on the person with this brain disease. But addiction is a family disease because interactions with the person developing the disease [addiction is a developmental disease] affects every member of a family as they try their best to help the person stop. Today’sContinue Reading