I sat on a folding chair a week ago waiting for the play, "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," to begin at the Indianapolis school where my wife te...
The drug war is the U.S.' most failed social policy intervention in modern history -- yet the call to rethink its assumptions, and revise our approach to regulation of illicit drugs, has been issued and seriously engaged only by reformers in Europe and Latin America.
Alive shouldn't be a relative term, but living is implicit when you use heroin. Opiate addicts function in limbo, in a state similar to the walking de...
Our first nine months of womb life are about being literally attached by the umbilical chord to the mother. This attachment supports survival with a ...
Although addicts are astute at concealing their drug use and lightning-fast with explanations, with their faculties compromised they leave a trail of clues. I resent that I was oblivious to the signs because those clues had no context in my life.
Ongoing depression. Bad breakups. People pleaser. Stressed about money. Estranged relationships. Anxiety. Burdened by the suffering of others. Having ...
Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr., for inspiring faith, dreams, and all the power they hold for our world. The greatest gift we can give to each other is little steps in faith, trust, compassion, and bringing our dreams to light.
We, like many of our constituents, have seen firsthand how this tragic epidemic has affected our own friends and loved ones, and by sharing their stories we hope to put a face to the addiction crisis.
In light of every single tragedy and experience, rises a heightened awareness and empowerment. It amazes me how resilient humans are. I have seen many, like myself, rise from the ashes of their tragedy, and become a pillars of hope -- advocates for change.
On April 1, 2016, I will be heroin-free for 28 years. In 1996, I won the du-Pont Columbia. It is arguably the highest award a journalist can receive. How did I do it? Habits. Here are the seven habits I learned that made me successful.
I reside in a California beach community that is frequented by tourists. Visitors are attracted to the laid-back surfer vibe and eclectic culture, but are generally unprepared for the visible homeless population of primarily young adults.
The feverish over-reaction to the weekend revelation in Rolling Stone that two-time Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn had interviewed a recently recaptured Mexican drug lord points up some of the biggest toxic dynamics in our media culture.
Gentleman, genius, and one of my teenage "heroes", David Bowie, died Sunday, January 10, after a secret 18-month battle with cancer. I am blown away reading now about how many people were also quietly inspired by this highly original rock and pop icon.
I not only didn't have to follow a template or measurement of my brain's responses in comparison to the people (Muggles) around me, I also got to satisfy the child-like part of myself that was raised to believe that parentless people (or kids with serious PTSD) could be heroic.
It is more important than ever that we remember the mistakes of the past and honor those who fought against them at the time. One president took Mitsuye Endo's freedom, and that of thousands of other Americans.
Maine's Governor Paul LePage is no stranger to making crazy comments in public that are unbecoming to an elected official, but his latest racist rant about heroin use in his state is rightfully getting people up in arms.