I CAN RELATE: You Are So Brave… (My Loud Whispers of Hope)

“You are so brave to share your story,” many people have said to me throughout the years. “Thank you,” I would humbly reply and never felt like I was brave. Each time I share my story of living, surviving and overcoming severe mental illness it becomes easier and the need to be brave becomes less. … Continue reading I CAN RELATE: You Are So Brave… (My Loud Whispers of Hope)

ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery

You know what, I've come to realize that the concept of religion and spirituality in general have become possibly even more influential to modern Western pop culture.  Think about it, in the news, how often do we hear about the ongoing abortion debate?  The folks that deem themselves "pro-life" never hesitate when it comes to … Continue reading ENTRY: Organized Religion a Valid Tool While in Recovery

ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery.  Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety.  I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy

ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

So, I recently came across this rather small photo on the fringe of some random website recently.  I was, quite frankly, appalled.  Check this out: Let me just say, what the hell!?  I really, truly am stunned and disgusted by this ad or whatever you want to call it. Ridiculous. Just to sum it up. … Continue reading ENTRY: Vaccinating in youth a catalyst for addiction later on?

POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface

From1-2-1: Addiction & Mental Health… The Toll it Takes

When I was 15 years old, I took my very first drink of alcohol. It was the weekend after I was abused and it tasted so good. I never realized a drink could diminish and even erase feeling associated with the trauma I had gone through. That was it; I knew the solution to all … Continue reading From1-2-1: Addiction & Mental Health… The Toll it Takes