ENTRY: Dual Diagnosis

This past weekend while at work I helped out a patient and afterwards we engaged in a little bit of casual conversation. The conversation just happened to get more serious at one point, and he mentioned that he was adopted. Now, this patient has always struck me as a very intelligent, confident, and well-spoken person. … Continue reading ENTRY: Dual Diagnosis

Now Check this Out!

In case you're not familiar with TED, I'll share some info from the website with you: TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we're … Continue reading Now Check this Out!

SPECIAL: Maintain RECOVERY from home during the pandemic!

I just found out that there is a live stream available on, where else, YouTube (of course) to those individuals who still wish to attend AA meetings on a daily basis. Well now, you theoretically still can!  Just like how most schools in the country are managing with their "distance learning," well we folks in … Continue reading SPECIAL: Maintain RECOVERY from home during the pandemic!

MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

WASHINGTON — The fumbled response to the first coronavirus case potentially contracted within a U.S. community, in California, shows how health professionals on the front lines can be quickly overmatched by the stealthy disease. And the prospect of more widespread outbreaks could put major stress on state and local health departments that are underfunded and … Continue reading MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?

MEDIA: This Recovery Life

Check out the online version of my article in the nation's VERY FIRST recovery magazine produced by folks IN RECOVERY!  I love the idea and general inspiration by this project, and when I was asked to write something up for it earlier in the year, I just leaped at the chance.  It came out very … Continue reading MEDIA: This Recovery Life

FOOD4Thought: Intuitive Counselor in Recovery Colette Baron-Reid

PODCAST: Sitting down with employment specialist Emma Young

A brand new part of my job as a peer coach is to work alongside a real-deal employment specialist, and I'm super excited about it.  This will only bolster the services that patients will be receiving in the way of various guidance that can be applied to their own lives.  Her name is Emma Young … Continue reading PODCAST: Sitting down with employment specialist Emma Young

MEDIA: Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities

As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers. While opioid-related overdose remains a top concern, the epidemic is now driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug-related overdoses, according to the U.S. … Continue reading MEDIA: Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities

ENTRY: Forwardness Forever (Rest of the ‘Journey’ article)

NOTE FROM LOU: Here is another drafting of part of the magazine article I wrote for this month's issue of Journey magazine that didn't make it to print.  I understand completely that magazines only have so much space for content, and they do have to be conscious of their advertisers.  Thankfully, I'm able to share … Continue reading ENTRY: Forwardness Forever (Rest of the ‘Journey’ article)

FO’REAL!?!: What is Sandtray Therapy?

What is it? Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual, written by Linda E. Homeyer and Daniel S. Sweeney, define Sandtray as, “An expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy involving unfolding and processing of intra-and interpersonal issues through the use of specific sandtray materials as a nonverbal medium of communication, led by the client(s) and facilitated by … Continue reading FO’REAL!?!: What is Sandtray Therapy?