An old hippy seeker once told me that after investigating all religions and beliefs, he came to the conclusion that life is about the daily struggle within ourselves to conquer our temptations: i.e. to let our better natures overcome our baser instincts... Since I was too lazy and pre-occupied to check it out myself, I accepted his conclusion and tried to live by it.
I got in bed and fell immediately into a deep sleep. Then, at some dark and silent hour of the January night, I bolted awake. What's happening? Moments later, sensing the strange environment inside my brain, I realized what it was. I was tripping balls from that damn cookie!
Addiction is perceived almost universally as shameful, even by association. As we see in all the recent discussions about whether people with substance abuse problems "deserve" the troubles they incur, even having empathy for someone with these issues is suspect and denigrated by many.
Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.
As a veteran and as an American, I was appalled at this rash generalization that substance abuse is a known problem among veterans. Why does our current culture and news media insist on highlighting the worst about veterans?
President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.
When tragedy strikes, it is often our first response to look for someone to blame. The parents. The school system. Even the victim. But arguably, when society scapegoats the parents and family of someone who has died, we lose not only the victim, but the family as well.
What if someone offered you this deal: Do business with me, and I promise to kidnap, torture and murder people. I'll help spread corruption and drug ...
Did you ever stop to think about the never ending War on Drugs? It's been going on for decades, sucking up billions of dollars and accounting for much of the prison population. And yet, anthropologists will tell you that virtually all societies regularly use some sort of drug.
Technological advancement is considered human advancement, but somewhere along the line, we have become sloppy about keeping up with the very things that make us human. How can anything compare to the words I say as I look into the eyes of someone important to me?
There is a new front in the war on drugs that went unmentioned during the session but is increasingly relevant. As the world has moved online, so has the drug trade.
Like millions of other Americans, Atlanta resident Kathy Fletcher depends on prescription drugs to alleviate chronic pain. Medications such as OxyCont...
The recent news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's heroin-related death was no different for me. I don't really care that Hoffman died with a syringe in his arm. My eyes scan these stories looking for the little people -- the kids left behind.
Many parents turn to professionals thinking that when their teen hears about the dangers of drug use from someone else, they will be swayed, but the truth is that usually, it's the parents' behavior that have much more impact on a teen's behavior.
I'm making a film about John Lennon's power to affect people on deep, personal levels. Most of the story is documentary fact although my own intimate ...
I was on drugs back then: coke, booze, Xanax, anything I could get my hands on, really. It was 2002, and while Philip Seymour Hoffman's Hollywood career was skyrocketing, mine was a flameout from a jet engine careening backward down the wrong runway.