I had been working with Pamela for a couple of months, attempting to help her see and value her true self, her essence. I could easily see her beautif...
There is a quiet crisis brewing on college and university campuses across the United States. Increasingly, the mental health needs of students are more complicated than in the past and cannot be adequately met by overwhelmed mental health services.
No illness should be a source of shame, but there are some illnesses where the shame is unspoken, silenced or medicated. Behind every addiction is someone in pain, someone with a mother, sister or grandchild -- and someone with a story to tell. I know this.
This Father's Day, if you need substance abuse or mental health assistance, ask for it, especially if you are a veteran. Your family needs you and most likely, they love you.
Will's death expedited my entrance to rehab. I am not sure when or even if I would have ever gotten sober if he hadn't died, so I felt I owed it to him to be honest with everyone and show them I was no different than him.
If we embrace the concept of addiction as a chronic disease in which drugs have disrupted the most fundamental brain circuits that enable us to do something that we take for granted -- make a decision and follow it through -- we will be able to decrease the stigma, not just in families and workplaces but also in the healthcare system, among providers and insurers.
After nine years of marriage, when Kyle was seven, his parents John and Sandy divorced. As divorces go, it was relatively amicable, and after about two years both parents were in new committed relationships.
Today, I am celebrating Dr. Bob's last drink and the millions of people who have recovered from addiction since that pivotal moment.
So much happened in my 20s -- lost relationships, lost friendships, my alcoholism peaked, I got sober, moved countries, started my writing career, and found the love of my life. The lows were low and the highs were high. I am embracing the pain of letting go of the last decade of my life.
For the past 20 years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build.
Stephan had been meditating for many years before consulting with me for his depression. He had been part of a spiritual community that encouraged the...
In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, we knew that new opportunities were emerging for drug users who were disconnected from the traditional healthcare system.
Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.
Our obsession with high octane energy has turned us into jittery cartoon characters, accelerating like the Road Runner with nowhere to go. We don't stroll; we spring. We don't rest; we crash.
Maybe it's time that, as a society, we admit we don't know how to stop creating and sustaining sucky organizations. At least as individuals, we should admit that we get caught up with our Stage 3 voices, and that those mindsets are never going to move society forward.
Perhaps nothing better defines our current age than to say it is one of rapid technological change.