Marc Andrade – Today’s Face of Recovery!

Marc Andrade – Today’s Face of Recovery!

It is my great pleasure to introduce Marc Andrade – today’s Face of Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share his story of meth 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 brainContinue Reading

Stress and Addiction | Stress and Secondhand Drinking

Stress and Addiction | Stress and Secondhand Drinking

Readers who follow this blog know how much I write about stress, stress and addiction | stress and secondhand drinking. It’s because of the way stress works in the brain, and it’s that which sets up the brain to adopt unhealthy coping patterns, such as substance misuse, which in turn can cause secondhand drinking, and forContinue Reading

Addicts Are People – 7 Stigmas That Must Be Silenced

Addicts Are People – 7 Stigmas That Must Be Silenced

I am excited to share today’s guest post by Angela Lambert on a topic that is near and dear to my heart and the hearts of my readers, namely the fact that addicts are people – people – people who have a disease. They are not their disease, just as someone with cancer is notContinue Reading

How Painkillers are Fueling Drug Addiction Among Teens

How Painkillers are Fueling Drug Addiction Among Teens

The following guest post on why and how painkillers are fueling drug addiction among teens is provided by Gordon Dickler. Gordon Dickler is the Admissions Coordinator for Turning Point, a residential drug treatment program for men that “utilizes phased integration to fuse primary treatments and independent living.” Gordon has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficultContinue Reading

10 Reasons a Person Develops an Unhealthy Drinking Pattern

10 Reasons a Person Develops an Unhealthy Drinking Pattern

One of the biggest stumbling block for people to get around is the notion of drinking as either “normal” or “alcoholic.” For those who struggle with their drinking, fear of the label, “alcoholic,” or disbelief of the “alcoholism is a disease” concept or simply not understanding what it takes to lose control of one’s drinking,Continue Reading

Do You Have to Hit Bottom to Get Help for Alcoholism?

Do You Have to Hit Bottom to Get Help for Alcoholism?

Does a person have to hit bottom to get help for alcoholism or …? A reader recently commented on one of my blog posts stating she agreed that alcoholism is a non-choice but questioned whether the disease is to blame for a person not getting help. I thought it was an excellent question as it alsoContinue Reading

Paul C. Meidus – Today’s Face of Recovery!

Paul C. Meidus – Today’s Face of Recovery!

It is my great pleasure to introduce Paul C. Meidus – today’s Face of Recovery, who has graciously agreed to share his 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, oftenContinue Reading

A Different Kind of Independence Day

A Different Kind of Independence Day

As we approach Independence Day, it occurs to me there is a connection to some of my work of the past eleven years and one of my most popular presentations requested by general audiences (e.g., Rotary Clubs, church fellowships, attorney groups, community coalitions), titled: “Alcohol and the Brain: How a Person Can Lose Control ofContinue Reading