Breaking Through Denial

It is a sad fact of life that with denial plus the use of harmful substances, the addict is usually the last person to realize that they have a problem. Additionally, this makes them the last person to accept the fact that they need help with their addiction. This...

Case Management and Continuing Care: Keys to Success in Intervention

Many individuals involved in substance abuse treatment and prevention, as well as uninvolved citizens across the nation, familiar with the popular television series featuring formal interventions on substance abuse. For those that are not, this series highlights the...

Marijuana Abuse in College Settings: A New Norm

According to statistics presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), research indicates that the rate of college students who use marijuana on a daily basis has more than tripled in the past 20 years. The data, collected in 2014, identifies that the...

You are Not Alone

Our society in America has this generally accepted conception of the ‘perfect family’ or the ‘perfect life’. Often times we look at other people and their families and think: I wish I was as strong as that guy, as pretty as that girl; I wish my family lived in that...

Sobriety vs. Recovery

It is common conversation in the communities of 12-step recovery that sobriety and recovery are two very different things. To those of us in recovery, it is fairly easy to distinguish one from the other, and the relative quality of life that accompanies both. To the...

The Reality of Sobriety

The reality of sobriety is “a reality of freedom and happiness, of purpose and direction, and of serenity and peace with God, ourselves and others.” February 26th Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members AA World Services,...

Naloxone: A First Responder’s Necessity

Driving through Portland, the countless homeless folk occupying street corners, seeking loose change, are hard to miss. One cannot help but think of what this money might be used for and a sensible conclusion might be that some of these funds end up with local drug...

Family Healing: There is a Solution

As the public view of addiction as a moral deficiency shifts to the view of addiction as a disease, simultaneously there has been a transition of perspective to the concept of addiction as a family disease. Professionals in the addiction treatment field continue to...