National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

National Substance Abuse Prevention Week | May 17-23

“The Voice of One, the Power of All, ” is the theme of this year’s National Prevention Week supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency). The objective for this annual observance is to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.   What You Can Do toContinue Reading

Change Addiction Now – United We C.A.N. | Steps of Change

Change Addiction Now – United We C.A.N. | Steps of Change

More than 100 million Americans are affected by a loved one’s addiction, a brain disease that is still so tightly shrouded in secrecy and shame, making intervention, treatment and recovery difficult to find and pursue. These 100 million Americans are the children, parents, siblings, grandparents, husbands, wives, in-laws and significant others of those whose brainContinue Reading

Anthony’s Act Petition – 90 Days Inpatient Treatment

Anthony’s Act Petition – 90 Days Inpatient Treatment

Anthony P. Fiore died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at his home in Warrington. He had lost his battle with addiction. His parents, Cris and Valerie Fiore, are working to spread the word about heroin addiction and to gather signatures on their Anthony’s Act Petition to urge Congress to pass an amendment to the Affordable Care ActContinue Reading

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015 officially opened with President Obama’s proclamation calling upon “all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.” The President continues, saying, “A strong, stable family is the best foundation for a promising childhood, and when parentsContinue Reading

Control and Other Necessary Fictions – Guest Author Steve Hauptman

Control and Other Necessary Fictions – Guest Author Steve Hauptman

The following is a guest post about control by my good friend, Steve Hauptman. I’ve followed Steve’s work for some time, now, because of the way he writes about/sheds light on the issue of control, which is such a big issue for those who struggle with secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging and those who struggle toContinue Reading

Problematic Drinking and the Harm Reduction Debate

Problematic Drinking and the Harm Reduction Debate

There’s a great deal of debate when it comes to answering the question, “Can a person with a drinking problem reduce how much they drink so it’s no longer a problem?” I was prompted to write this post after listening to Paul Staley’s perspective on KQED Radio’s April 3, 2015, “With a Perspective” program.  Participates onContinue Reading

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 | Focus on Early Education

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 | Focus on Early Education

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. For this year’s theme, NCADD chose, For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction, “to drawContinue Reading

Martin Preston Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

Martin Preston Shares His Story of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Martin Preston, Founder of Port of Call, who has graciously agreed to share the story of his alcohol and cocaine addiction and the recovery journey he’s taken as today’s Face of Recovery. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment andContinue Reading