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

SHARED: Anyone Wonder What the Authority of the Bible Says About Addiction? — NationalAddictionNews.com

Addiction is a word typically used to describe a person’s dependence upon a substance or habit, either physically or psychologically. Though traditionally used in relation to the abuse of alcohol or drugs, people also use addiction to describe an unhealthy focus on other areas ranging from food to video games. What does the Bible teach … Continue reading SHARED: Anyone Wonder What the Authority of the Bible Says About Addiction? — NationalAddictionNews.com

SHARED: FDA issues warning letter for not including the most serious risks in advertisement for medication-assisted treatment drug — NationalAddictionNews.com

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted a warning letter to Alkermes, Inc. of Massachusetts, for inaccurately branding the drug Vivitrol (an extended-release injection formulation of naltrexone) by omitting warnings about the most serious risks associated with the drug from promotional materials. Vivitrol is approved for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence, following … Continue reading SHARED: FDA issues warning letter for not including the most serious risks in advertisement for medication-assisted treatment drug — NationalAddictionNews.com

MUSINGS: The Broad Highway

This is, by far, one of my favorite passages written in the Big Book (of Alcoholics Anonymous).  Upon first reading this inspirational portion, I was awestruck.  To be honest, I think it was the simplicity of the text that truly compelled me.  Moreover, this is a useful section to return to especially if you toil … Continue reading MUSINGS: The Broad Highway

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

FOOD4Thought: Trouble in relationships

Don’t Blame Yourself There’s a good chance the alcoholic or addict will try to make you believe that it is your fault that he or she picked up. The addict will tell you that if you didn’t say or do certain things, the relapse wouldn’t have happened. This is absolutely not true. Alcoholics have the … Continue reading FOOD4Thought: Trouble in relationships

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

SHARED: CDC recommends against using THC-laden vapes — NationalAddictionNews.com

  People should stop using e-cigarettes, especially those with marijuana ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), U.S. public health officials recommended on Friday, as an investigation into illnesses and deaths related to vaping deepens. E-cigarettes have been marketed as tools to help smokers quit, but rising use among youth in the United States and a spate of severe … Continue reading SHARED: CDC recommends against using THC-laden vapes — NationalAddictionNews.com

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)