Posts in category Substance Abuse

Under The Influence: How I Beat the Booze

Under The Influence: How I Beat the Booze

I can’t believe I’ve been under the evil influence for 35 years. That’s taking my first sips at around the age of 15 and having just turned 50, when I’m planning on definitively giving up for ever, probably, for sure, absolutely, I’m certain of it, maybe. 35 years. That’s quite a chunk. A fair stretch […]

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

8 Things To Do When Your Friend Has A Drug Problem

Fraser and I met at Voorhees High School in the the winter of the 1991-92 school  year. We were in honors sophomore English. There were a number of difficult kids in that class, and I still feel a bit badly for our teacher, Peggy Quadrini. Fraser and I spent the next couple of years partying, joking, […]

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

Recovered Alcoholic with Anxiety

A few years prior to getting sober I awoke one morning with a feeling of anxiety. I’d had anxiety before but this feeling stayed with me for the day. Upon returning home from work I started drinking and the feeling went away. The next day I awoke and the anxiety had returned. Within a few […]

Breaking Cycles- Addiction Recovery

Breaking Cycles- Addiction Recovery

I love the idea of people dropping keys of hope to others by sharing their personal stories and experiences. I am an adult child of an addict. My parent was addicted to crack-cocaine as I was growing up and struggled hard to balance having children, and succumbing to the monster of addiction. For years I […]

To A Little Girl Almost Forgotten, A Legacy

To A Little Girl Almost Forgotten, A Legacy

In the past couple of months two people from the rooms of recovery have stopped me and given me the same message. “ I didn’t think you were going to make it”, they said “ you were one of the most broken people that I ever met. You have grown and changed so much.” I […]

Music and Recovery- Sour In the Belly

Music and Recovery- Sour In the Belly

Listen to Dave’s song here. This was a snapshot of my reflections on recovery from alcoholism.  I drank excessively from age 14 to 24.  It is really difficult to come up with numbers, but a rough estimate is I got totally, over the top, drunk approximately 1,000 times during those 10 years. Trying to cover […]

Self Help Alcoholism – 3 Ugly Truths

Self Help Alcoholism – 3 Ugly Truths

I am alcoholic. I knew I was from the moment alcohol first kissed my lips as a 14 year old. But it took me another 33 years to really explore the question and finally answer it for myself; Yes, I am alcoholic! As I go through my own self help alcoholism story, I realize that […]

Mugshot of the Day

Mugshot of the Day

I google most everything. Google knows everything…all the important stuff and the junk. April 6, 2015, five days after Mother died I googled her name. I’m not sure why. I think I expected to see some kind of death notice. But I didn’t. There was nothing that let the world know my mother had passed […]

Stages of Change Counseling

Stages of Change Counseling

As a Philadelphia area Counselor, I often use the concepts and suggestions related to The Stages of Change Model. This is recognized as a well-researched theory of change developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente from the University of Rhode Island. According to this change theory, there are six stages of change encompassing different points […]

7 Tips for Parents Worried About Substance Abuse

7 Tips for Parents Worried About Substance Abuse

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, I hear a lot about the constant worrying. Brave, caring, resilient parents trying to figure out how to help. They long for a healthy loving relationship with their child. It’s a struggle to show compassion and support when a potential addiction feels like a wedge […]