Monday, August 18, 2014

Voices and Faces of Recovery

The documentary "Anonymous People" takes its message from the history of treating addiction and the gay population's response to HIV and AIDS.  Voices and Faces of Recovery will transform addiction treatment.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


The death by suicide of Robin Williams has affected the entire nation and has also affected me profoundly.  I am truly in mourning. I will miss his talent, his humor, his insight and his authenticity - his vulnerability. He had the ability to laugh at his foibles and his imperfections and he had the ability to laugh at the world's as well.

Suicide - I am sure that some people have never considered it, but I don't know many people like that.  I have considered it many times, but always in the context of overwhelming problems at the time.  My therapist would say, "Would you still want to kill yourself if this situation did not exist?" And the answer would always be "No." I was in a psych ward once years ago and I asked a young girl who was suicidal that same question.  She responded with "my situation will never get better...never." That is the problem.  She, like most young people, have not lived long enough to know that pain ends.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Spice and a Horrible Tragedy

The following Teen Dies After One Hit of Synthetic Pot is the story of a great all-American family and a son who went to rehab for substance abuse treatment and came out doing really well.  Then, with 8 months of sobriety, took one hit of Spice, or synthetic marijuana, and fell into a coma and died.  The family was loving, faith-based, and their loss is a tragedy.  It is a message, a reminder, and a foreshadowing of what can happen.  It is even more sad because many who will say "That's too bad, that sucks, but that won't happen to me" ...but sadly, for some, it will.