It's been said that the truth will set you free, but what does it mean to be truthful? Are you honest with yourself? We so easily deny our experiences and say things are "OK" but we really don't know what it means to be "OK." Read More
Robin Williams' death can teach us a lot about mental illness, addiction, and depression. Him dealing with substance use and depression reminds us that we all can be vulnerable to our past behaviors and old habits. Read More
We jump from thing to thing always striving for something better. But life is made up of smaller and bigger goals that are part of a larger journey.The question then is how do you stay content where you are while you aim for something else? Read More
Although the best form of overdose prevention is abstinence, not everyone is ready. So what are the tools necessary to prevent an accidental overdose among those who are not ready to completely quit? Read More
If we think of the process of change as the flight plan of our journey, then we are the captain of the plane. We decide how and when to change. It may not always be a smooth flight, but if we can be patient, we will get through the flight. Read More
Regardless of whether you have a family history of addiction or not, you still have a circle of influence–and that influence starts with you, individually, and your choices. Begin to think about what choices you can make that move you forward towards the life you want. Read More
We often wonder about the problem of addiction, but what if the addiction was the solution and we need new tools to solve the problem? Let's begin to shift the paradigm of addiction and pause before we judge. Read More
Rubin Khoddam is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California.