Secondhand Drinking | Substance Use Disorder – Chidimma Ozor With Lisa Frederiksen

Secondhand Drinking | Substance Use Disorder – Chidimma Ozor With Lisa Frederiksen

I had the honor of being Chidimma Ozor | the TYPEAhippie’s guest for her first ChiCast podcast of 2017. The podcast topics were substance use disorder and secondhand drinking, which as BreakingThecycles.com readers know are topics near and dear to my heart. After an enthusiastic pre-interview conversation with Chidimma, in which we discovered our mutual passionsContinue 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

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

Recovery from Gambling Addiction | Catherine Townsend-Lyon

“Now that gambling addiction is currently the #1 addiction with the highest suicide rate than any other and over 16 million problem gamblers in just the US alone, I want to share some of my story and devastation in my life due to this cunning addiction,” says Catherine Townsend-Lyon, today’s guest author. Bestselling Kodel EmpireContinue Reading

Finding a 12 Step Meeting Made Easy – Michael Long

Finding a 12 Step Meeting Made Easy – Michael Long

Finding a 12 step meeting near you – let alone answers to all the other questions one may have: What is the next meeting closest to my current location? Where exactly is the address of this meeting on a map (addresses usually require additional research on a map)? How do I get to this meeting using the easiestContinue 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

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

Facing Addiction – Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction – a Treatable Brain Disease

I’m still in awe of what happened November 17, 2016, at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles – a National Summit: Facing Addiction in America. It was at this summit that U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, unveiled his office’s long-awaited, groundbreaking report addressing the country’s leading public health crisis. And why is this such a groundbreakingContinue Reading

The Mindfulness Practice of Just Looking

The Mindfulness Practice of Just Looking

Having a mindfulness practice can be an integral part of recovery – whether that’s recovery from a substance use disorder or from secondhand drinking | secondhand drugging. But it can seem a daunting task – clear your mind and focus on the present – HOW?! Especially when your mind is bouncing from thought to thoughtContinue Reading