• Holding Space

    I don’t think I had even heard these words until a few years ago. Even then it took me a while to figure out what it meant. Is it like holding someone’s place…

  • Relapse

    From Alta Mira treatment center which I have no affiliation or guarantee of services. The relapse rates for addiction are very similar to those of other chronic illnesses. For example, relapse rates for…

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    I walked up to the counter at the convenience store with my drink to purchase. “Good morning! anything fun planned for today?” The cheery clerk said to me, his smile evident even under…

  • Mind Habits

    I know I’ve posted a lot about addiction being about ingrained habits/coping skills that make it difficult to break free from. Daily habits are how we build a life we want. I am…

  • Abstinence Can Kill

    With contribution by Carolyn Ridout Stewart Before addiction barged its ugly lying-two-faced head into my family, I didn’t know the difference between methamphetamine and methadone. Sure, being a nurse, when someone was “on…

  • Rat Park

    If only. If only I could go back to those days when my kids filled my house with muddy shoes and red punch stains around their lips- I mean pure cranberry juice without…

  • No Regrets

    I hurriedly rushed through the sporting goods store looking for the items on my son’s “list” for this weeks “drop”. A coffee mug A hat with a flag or a CAT logo A…