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

Secondhand Drinking – a Breeding Ground for ACEs

Secondhand Drinking – a Breeding Ground for ACEs

Secondhand Drinking can be a breeding ground for ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Why? ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Explained The concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) was first introduced in the findings of the ACEs Study — a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.Continue Reading

Interview with Jesse Schenker on his recent memoir, All Or Nothing

Interview with Jesse Schenker on his recent memoir, All Or Nothing

I finished reading Jesse Schenker’s memoir, All or Nothing, One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme (Harper Collins, 2014), in which he chronicles his years in “the big, black hole of addiction” that had its start at age 12, when he smoked a joint at a rave and felt “the big wool blanket” he’d been carrying aroundContinue Reading

DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous – Doyal D. Smith Explains

I had the good fortune to meet Doyal D. Smith, Executive Director of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon, Inc., at a recent rally, and invited him to answer the following questions on DDA | Dual Diagnosis Anonymous and his organization, DDA of Oregon. What does DDA stand for? DDA stands for “Dual Diagnosis Anonymous”. DDA is commonly referredContinue Reading

Michael King Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

Michael King Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Michael King, At Large Organizer for FacingAddiction.org‘s October 4, 2015 rally, happening on the National Mall in Washington D.C., on October 4, 2015. Michael has graciously agreed to share the story of his alcohol addiction and the recovery journey he’s taken as today’s Face of Recovery. Why share? There is aContinue Reading

The Stigma of Addiction: a Mother’s Point of View

The Stigma of Addiction: a Mother’s Point of View

Marybeth Cichocki’s son, Matt, died of a drug overdose. Marybeth is determined to make a difference, meeting with the Governor of Delaware to talk about the need for insurance coverage for 90 days in residential treatment/rehab (vs the current 28 days); working with John Lehman of FARR (Florida Association of Recovery Residences) to help themContinue Reading