Everyone who has owned a pet understands what we get from this wonderful source of comfort. When it comes to substance abuse recovery, there’s no downside in measuring the beneficial effects of animal therapy and pet therapy. Whether it’s a service dog for anxiety or some other animal therapy for alcohol recovery, they provide one.. read more →

In 2008, the general public learned about the poisonous power of meth through the wildly popular series, Breaking Bad. While the series focused on the business of “cooking” meth, it also showed the horrific effects on individuals, families and whole communities. Well, meth is back with a vengeance. It’s cheaper and purer than ever before,.. read more →

On the surface, this sounds like a cruel mandate, but adult children who are victims of alcohol and drug addiction need more than saving. In fact, if you approach recovery as a crusade, you may be heartbroken by the result. The following tips for addiction lay out a smart, loving, supportive, yet disciplined strategy for.. read more →

Just think about how many choices you have and how many decisions you must make every minute of every day: What time do I need to get up? Do I feel good enough to go to work? What route should I take this morning? Should I call Janie or just let things go? How can.. read more →

It seems that the one thing most people can agree on is that addiction is a problem. Just look at how the opioid epidemic is ripping apart the fabric of America. Acknowledging the problem is a big step, but maybe it’s time to take a step back to really understand what it is, where it.. read more →

The whole idea of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is nothing new. Most recently, Russia was banned from “officially” competing in the Olympics because of a doping scandal. (Even the Russian curling team tested positive for banned drugs!) Professional baseball and football has strengthened it penalties for PEDS after superstars like Roger Clemens, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa,.. read more →

Fraternity and sorority life has long been acknowledged as a rite of passage, an opportunity to bond with like-minded kids who are “sowing their oats.” But when a rite of passage becomes a gateway to alcohol misuse and drug addiction, Greek life takes on a new and dangerous connotation. Bad Press May Yield a Good.. read more →

Anyone who followed the horrific testimony of the more than 150 members of the United States Women’s Gymnastics Team is now witness to the devastation caused by sexual abuse. The emotionally charged verbal and expression of these young women (and children), who were abused by their team doctor, conveys their outward feelings. What we can’t.. read more →

After the elementary school shootings in Newtown, President Obama speaks to the nation with tears in his eyes. It was a remarkable sign of deep sympathy and empathy for precious lives shattered. A professional rookie football player, Michael Sam, one of the first to come out as gay, tearfully announces his retirement because of the.. read more →