The Failing Stigma and Treatment of Mental Illness

Unless we are all missing something, it seems that the stigma of being declared mentally ill or mentally incompetent is rapidly turning into a nightmare. The most recent evidence, German wings flight 9525’s copilot’s ravenous and murderous behavior. Reports indicate he had torn up doctor reports that he was unfit to fly based on a…

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Loving an Addict: The Toll It Takes

One Sunday, as my husband and I were leaving church, we drove by a well- dressed couple walking down the sidewalk to their car.  Though I tried not to stare, something about them caught my eye as we drove by slowly.   After we passed them, I turned to my husband and said “I believe that…

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Road to Recovery: When and Where to Seek Help

Do I have to ‘hit a bottom’?  This is often the gold standard for determining ones’ readiness to seek help to address their substance use problem.  But does one have to wait until the bottom falls out to address this problem for themselves or a loved one?  Do you have to lose everything or end…

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The Burden of Addiction on the Children

I believe this is a topic I could write about forever and as I write this article, I realize I need to write a book on the topic as it is so near and dear to my heart.  I am tremendously passionate about protecting children from the many affects of addiction in the home.  When…

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