Dear Dad, I still remember you. The memories shift and fade over the years, but you are not forgotten. I remember the Thai restaurant where everyone knew your name. I remember your sleepless nights, and the days when you cried.
Addiction takes a terrible toll on families, on our health care system, on the economy and on the vitality of our youth. Currently we treat addiction like a moral failing, like an issue of personal responsibility rather than treating it like the disease it is.
I hugged the young woman and told her to keep up the fight and let her light shine, and promised her that I would make sure that it did. Join me in being the voice of change and end the silence. Share your story of your personal path from addiction to recovery or celebrate a loved one who has. It's time.
Twelve-step recovery communities have recently been under heavy criticism in opinion pieces, with individuals suggesting they may be less-effective ap...
Stop calling me a label. Start calling me a person. When I was 16 I was a person struggling with addiction. Today, I am a person in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs for more than 14 years. That doesn't just sound a bit different -- it feels different.
I have a friend, let's call her Lizzie G, who shared a story that represents the depths people will go to retrieve their smartphones. Lizzie was on a commercial airline flight from Dallas, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota when she heeded the call of nature and used the shoe closet they call a bathroom in Coach.
It is challenging to maintain sobriety in a sea of booze, beer pong and perpetual hash-bash culture. Having a recovery center on campus to turn to in my fledgling days of recovery would have provided the crucial spark needed to ignite my efforts into something sustainable.
Sanctions against people with drug convictions create obstacles to education, housing and public benefits -- the very things we know reduce recidivism and make communities safer, healthier and better places to live.
I hadn't eaten for 25 hours. Though not a religious person, I'd say I'm very spiritual. It was Yom Kippur, so in the spirit of tradition and self-refl...
We are now at a point in American society where addiction has become all too common. Every person has someone close to them, family member or friend, who has or is currently battling addiction. It is through community events like Sober Softball that we can support those in recovery and raise awareness for an epidemic that needs to end.
Raised in a dysfunctional household, where one bad choice followed another, my descent was almost pre-ordained. I never learned to use good, sound judgment to make decisions that affected my life, in part, because I had no positive role models that had positive role models.
It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorr...
For too long, we've had either a drug du jour addiction policy focusing on heroin in the 1970s, then crack in the 1980s, followed by a mass incarceration of individuals with addiction since that time. Washington is a town of incremental change, but the loss of life happening every day in America demands more than a temporary Band-Aid.
One in three households in the U.S. are affected by addiction. Furthermore, someone dies from alcohol or other drugs every four minutes. That's roughly the same as a jumbo jet falling from the sky with no survivors -- every single day of the year.
Depending on their typical parenting style, most have already tried the standard continuum of approaches from lecturing, nagging, and punishing to some version of tough love best described as "my way or the highway."
This was first published in National Council, a publication of the National Council for Behavioral Health Sam knew he was out of second chances when ...