Category Archives: Prevention | Intervention

articles on alcohol abuse, drug abuse, prevention and intervention

Child of an Alcoholic – a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs

Child of an Alcoholic – a Legacy of Untreated Secondhand Drinking-Related ACEs

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” In honor of this year’s theme, I’dContinue Reading

Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

Inaccurate | Misleading | Incomplete Information About Drinking Alcohol is Inexcusable

One of my biggest frustrations is the continued inaccurate, misleading, incomplete information about drinking alcohol that repeatedly appears in the news, medical practices, treatment program descriptions, and our social and cultural environments (school, workplace, community, legal and law enforcement, religious practices, family, political arena and the like). Take this April 6, 2017, article appearing on USA Today’s Network, How aContinue Reading

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How Do You Know if Someone’s Drinking is a Problem

How do you know if someone’s drinking is a problem? Short answer: “If you are talking or concerned about it.” What do I mean? The only reason a person would be worried about another person’s drinking is because that other person’s behaviors change when they drink. Their behavioral changes are called drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occurContinue Reading

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

The Craving Brain – Q & A with Author Dr Anderson Spickard

I was invited to read and review The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery recently. Unfortunately I am unable to do so at this time, but I was so intrigued by the title and book summary that I wanted to share a Q & A with one of the books co-authors, Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr.Continue Reading

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Alcohol-induced blackouts – seriously — they can’t remember what they did or said? It is not uncommon for me to receive emails and blog post comments like these: “My partner has physically attacked me and last Sunday shoved me down the stair case and then stood on top of me and continued to punch andContinue Reading

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump – Because Addiction Is Above Politics

Dear President-Elect Trump, We are writing as Americans who, regardless of political affiliation, are deeply concerned by the addiction crisis ravaging our country. You shared openly how alcoholism devastated your brother Fred’s life. In fact, addiction to alcohol and other drugs impacts 45 million Americans and their families. As you heard during the campaign, 21Continue Reading

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

Holidays Filled With Secondhand Drinking – What to Do

For some, the holidays are warm, fun, happy gatherings with friends and family. But for those whose holidays are filled with secondhand drinking, lurking behind that hope for those kinds of gatherings runs a current of angst, fear, and worry. Angst, fear, and worry about: how to keep him from drinking too much and picking aContinue Reading

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Treating Addiction Like Other Chronic Diseases – We Don’t Make People Wait to Treat their Heart Disease

Requiring a person with heart disease to wait for treatment is impossible to imagine. It just wouldn’t happen. And, yet, people with a different chronic disease – the brain disease of addiction (aka substance use disorder) – experience this situation ALL THE TIME. Not only that, trying to figure out where to go or take a loved oneContinue Reading