Shame as a Barrier to Addiction Treatment

The largest barrier to alcoholics getting treatment is shame. This is ironic because getting help and getting sober should be an action that alcoholics feel proud of.

The Story of the High-Functioning Adult Child of an Addict

“Mom’s dead. Not sure if anyone told you.” This is the message I woke up to from my brother at 6AM on a work day. For a second, I thought he was joking.

Why Brad Pitt's Alcoholism Is NOT New

Why it was surprising to read the title of the New York Post article "Brad Pitt and the New Alcoholism."

The Savior Complex

The term “Savior Complex” may have a positive connotation- however, when you learn more—it is clear that this behavior pattern may be problematic.

Unethical and Illegal Practices in Addiction Treatment

Sadly, politics are not the only arena for scandals, corruption and greed. The addiction treatment field is an arena that we would hope to associate with a caring culture.

Renewed Faith in Insurance Coverage for Addiction Treatment

I have witnessed staff conduct insurance utilization reviews advocating for additional days of treatment for clients desperately in need—sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

Alcoholism and Shame

Throughout my personal and professional experiences working with active and sober alcoholics I have noted a theme: shame.

What Type of Addiction Services Do I Need?

There is an endless and overwhelming amount of information on the Web about addiction treatment options. Many people have no idea where to begin...

"Fools Rules" for Justifying Drinking

One of the symptoms of an alcohol problem or Alcohol-Use Disorder is when individuals make “rules” around their drinking. These rules may offer a false sense of security that their drinking is under control.

Not Just One Way to Get Sober!

There are many views and opinions about what is needed for alcoholics to maintain long-term sobriety/recovery. There are therapeutic coping skills, medical model, evidence-based research, 12-Step model, SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, alternative treatments, spiritual/religious perspectives and more…

Sober Summer!

For those trying to cut back on their drinking or for sober alcoholics, the summertime and the many celebrations that accompany it can be temptations.Many will report that the warm weather, the outdoor bars, family gatherings, vacations, the beach, sporting events, etc. can bring back memories of “the good ole’ days”. Here are some tips for sober summertime fun!

Irrationality of A.A.?

My friend recently forwarded me the April 2015 Atlantic Magazine article “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. If I did not have personal and professional experience with alcoholism and in treating alcoholics, then I imagine I would not have felt such a need to respond to this article.

Non-Traditional Addiction Services That Work

Navigating addiction treatment services can be an overwhelming process, especially when you or your loved one is in crisis. However, it is also important to understand that there are non-traditional forms of addiction/mental health treatment that are being utilized more often and are becoming more mainstream.

Parenting High-Functioning Teens Around Drinking and Drugs

Many parents have questions and concerns about their teenager’s alcohol and drug usage, including how best to set limits and rules within the household.These issues may become concealed and more complicated when these individuals are high-functioning—in that they are performing well in school,engaged in extra-curricular activities,socialize with friends and appear healthy.

Robin William's Suicide and Connection with Dual Diagnosis

I have been deeply impacted emotionally by the news of Robin William’s suicide...

The Power of Drinking Memories

Memorial Day is just around the corner and summer to follow. Those living in areas where there are four seasons are coming out of hibernation, getting small tastes of sun, heat and outdoor activity. Along with memories of past drinking.
The Shock of the Shock of Celebrity Addiction-Related Deaths

The Shock of the Shock of Celebrity Addiction-Related Deaths

The recent reported drug overdose and death of Philip Seymour Hoffman led me and a friend to discuss why these types of deaths are still so surprising to people and why so much attention is paid. Each time that I hear about a celebrity alcohol and drug-related death, it has an impact on me and millions of others.

Holiday Drinking: What Is Normal?

I recently read a unique article about a Caron Treatment study titled “Many Americans Oblivious to What High-Risk Drinking Looks Like.”

Alcoholism Does Not Discriminate...

I was recently interviewed for a article titled “Why the Brains of High-Powered People May be More Prone to Addiction” by Alice Walton. What struck me when I read the article was that there was a specific article written about this subset of individuals.

Caron Study Reveals "Top 5 Reasons" Mothers Turn to Alcohol

It's important not to blame external circumstances solely for leading mothers to drink heavily — there are also biological and physiological factors at play.

Denzel Washington as High-Functioning Alcoholic in "Flight"

I have always said that the story of the high-functioning alcoholic (HFA) is not typically told in books, movies and television because it is often boring and not always dramatic. Well, the movie “Flight” starring Denzel Washington has brought thrill, suspense and truth to this topic.

Sober Thrills!

Recently, I was captivated by the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” about the CIA and Seal Team that killed Osama Bin Laden.I was fascinated with the personality types that would choose government and military jobs that would place one’s life in that level of danger.I also wondered what the experience would be like to transition from adrenaline-filled jobs to ordinary home life.

Nature and Recovery

Nature: from an urban garden and park to the vast lakes, rivers, oceans, forests and mountains—it is everywhere and available to everyone. There are unique and healing qualities that civilizations have tapped into since the beginning of time.

The 411 on Addiction Interventions...

Interventions are a group process during which the reality of the identified patient’s (IP) alcohol and drug use is presented to that person by a group of other individuals (ie, family, friends, co-workers).

The Challenges and Blessings of Being a Sober Mother

As a new mother who is in recovery from alcoholism, I have gained an enormous amount of first-hand experience into the unique challenges that motherhood brings for those either trying to get sober or intending to sustain their recovery.

Whitney Houston’s Story Could Help Others With Addictions

While I do not feel that it is appropriate to make conclusions about Whitney's cause of death prior to the release of the autopsy reports, I do believe that her life has been a cautionary tale.

Understanding Addiction Treatment Levels of Care

There is common terminology that is important for those seeking treatment and their loved ones to understand when reaching out for help.