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Richard Taite

Entries by Richard Taite

Father's Day and America's Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 5:07 PM


I have two children now and no longer feel a sense of surprise when Father's Day rolls around each year and includes me in its celebrations. I look forward to the glitter and macaroni covered cards and the time spent together as a...

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Memorial Day: Getting Better in Honor of Those Who Didn't Make It Home

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 6:52 PM


I did not have the pleasure of serving in our country's armed forces. I considered it briefly, but the truth is I was too busy being an addict and a drain on my family and community to be of service. I think about...

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The Film You Don't Want to Miss: 'Prescription Thugs' at the Tribeca Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 10:12 AM


This weekend is the start of the Tribeca Film Festival. At the festival, the documentary film "Prescription Thugs" will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the...

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Make Meditation a Habit to Improve Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 4:42 PM


I wasn't really into it at first. Meditation was hard. It required sitting and quieting my mind, neither of which I was very good at when I first got sober. Honestly, a 30-minute meditation session felt like some sort of torture for someone...

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Grateful Musings on the Holidays and Hope for Addicts and Their Families

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:31 PM


The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams for the future. We certainly should be grateful for being able to live in this day and age. There...

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The Revised NFL Drug Use Policy

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 2:50 PM


The NFL has put the final touches on a new drug policy. This new policy, which is the first major update since the last policy in 2010, is between the NFL Players Association and the NFL. The significant changes are with regard to...

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Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:13 PM


I get those dreaded 2 a.m. phone calls more often than I care to mention. The conversation is always the same as I snatch the phone and sneak out of bed, hoping my wife is still asleep. "My wife is in the hospital....

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We Are Having the Wrong Conversation About Robin Williams

(11) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:26 PM

This week we are remembering Robin Williams. Rightly so; his unique genius had us laughing and crying, sometimes in the same performance. Through the mainstream media, across social media, and in person with friends, family and colleagues, this week we are all sharing the same conversation. How could he take...

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Does Miley Cyrus' Latest Song Set a Bad Example?

(10) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:25 PM

We get it, Miley Cyrus, you're all grown up now, with your avant-garde spiky platinum hair and barely-there clothes, but does that mean you have to glorify drug use in your lyrics for your new song "We Can't Stop"? A song about taking "molly," which is club-speak for ecstasy.

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A Helping Hand for Military Veterans

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:53 AM

You've seen them on street corners and freeway entrances and exits, the unkempt, sunburned men and women who ask for your help and pocket change while holding a sign that says, "Veteran." Yet those who suffer most do so silently in the homes of their spouses or parents -- men...

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