Dual Diagnosis Treatment – A System Broken | Guest Author Athena Kay

Dual Diagnosis Treatment – A System Broken | Guest Author Athena Kay

In a previous post, Addiction is Not a Choice | a Mom and Dad Share Their Daughter’s Story, we learned a great deal of what happened to Athena Kay, a pseudonym Cindy and Nick K’s daughter adopted following her rape at age 15 and subsequent PTSD, rape trauma syndrome, dissociative behaviors, depression, flashbacks, panic attacksContinue Reading

Jake Parent | Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

Jake Parent | Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Jake Parent – today’s Face of Addiction Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share his story of his dependence on alcohol and the recovery journey he’s taken. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet thoseContinue Reading

Addiction is Not a Choice | a Mom and Dad Share Their Daughter’s Story

Addiction is Not a Choice | a Mom and Dad Share Their Daughter’s Story

Addiction is NOT a choice, contrary to the common belief and presumption “it” is a moral weakness, a shameful lack of willpower. I have been working in this field for over a decade, now, and that has NEVER been the case. With every person I’ve met or worked with, who either struggles with the chronic,Continue Reading

Substance Abuse Recovery on College Campuses | David Greenspan

Substance Abuse Recovery on College Campuses | David Greenspan

Substance use disorders are complicated. Meaning: a person is not born an alcoholic or drug addict. Rather they develop the disease, typically influenced by five key risk factors, one of which is early use. And often, early use (early misuse) begins in middle school, high school or college. Because of the strong influences of brainContinue Reading

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month | 3 Things You Can Do

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month | 3 Things You Can Do

Annually, the President of the United States issues a Proclamation declaring December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. In the past, it’s also been known as National Drunk Driving Prevention Month and National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. This year, President Obama issued his 2014 Proclamation, from which I quote: “Reducing impaired driving andContinue Reading

Secondhand Drinking Impacts on Children

Secondhand Drinking Impacts on Children

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. Sadness. It’s a set-up for a “rest of your life” that NONE of us would ever wish on a child.Continue Reading

Blackouts – Are They Real or Just an Excuse?

Blackouts – Are They Real or Just an Excuse?

Alcohol-induced blackouts – how can they possibly not know what they did? How many times have you found yourself uttering incredulous gasps, “What do you mean you don’t remember?” or engaging in an argument with someone you care about because of something they said or did while they were drunk? Have you ever had them justContinue Reading

Lisa McNamara | Today’s Face of Recovery

Lisa McNamara | Today’s Face of Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Lisa McNamara – today’s Face of Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share her story of alcohol addiction and recovery. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic, often relapsing brain disease ofContinue Reading