Posts tagged addiction

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, […]

Art Project Celebrates Recovery Stories

Art Project Celebrates Recovery Stories

THE “HELLO MY NAME IS…” PROJECT A Collection of Portraits & Personal Recovery Stories The “Hello My Name Is…” project is a not-for-profit community outreach program sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council*. Through this project we are building awareness that people do achieve and sustain recovery from alcohol, drugs, mental health, and other life […]

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 […]

A Journey Through a Paramedic’s Eyes

A Journey Through a Paramedic’s Eyes

My mental health symptoms started very young. I remember being in grade school telling my mom that I felt ‘weird’, and I would tear my room apart in anger and frustration when the only response I would get as to why I was having these feelings was, ‘it’s your hormones’. I felt lost and like […]

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 […]

ACA/ACOAs: Top 9 Traits for Adult Children of Alcoholics

ACA/ACOAs: Top 9 Traits for Adult Children of Alcoholics

Yes, I said it. I have a top 9 for ACOAs. We’ve all seen some variation of characteristics that are correlated with growing up in a household affected, directly or indirectly, by a parent’s use of alcohol or drugs. Common ACOA traits include: Adult children of alcoholics judge themselves fiercely They may constantly seek approval […]

Addiction Recovery: Yellow Lines

Addiction Recovery: Yellow Lines

A Therapist’s Take on Risk in Addiction & Codependence Recovery  I’m about to attend a conference on Addiction & Behavioral Health. As I wait for the train into Center City Philadelphia from my counseling office in Chestnut Hill, I observe and photograph the yellow line. Yep that’s it below. OK so I’m not an artist. […]

We Do Recover

We Do Recover

I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. This original art piece depicts the horrible darkness, emotional and physical pain of my addiction. It shows how the disease not only breaks the body but shatters the mind to where we are no longer ourselves but are a slave to our addiction. But as it is […]

The Day I Didn’t Kill Myself- Surviving Suicidal Depression

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Teenagers are especially susceptible to attempting suicide: I know first hand because I almost did. Call it fate, luck, or chance, but someone interrupted my suicidal trance at the last minute and pulled me back from the brink. The best part? They didn’t even know what they had done. I didn’t just wake up one […]