SHARED: Receiving Gifts — The Banquet Table

Now as adults, I think for the most part we do our best to at least show gratitude for the gifts others give us around Christmas time.  However, we all know a gift we’ve given to a kid that just didn’t make the cut. It gets tossed, or maybe a “this sucks, I don’t want … Continue reading SHARED: Receiving Gifts — The Banquet Table

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: 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)

FROM-1-2-1: Shedding the Darkness

I aim for redemption by way of self-reflection; we should all do the same.  We all must become willing to explore deep self-reflection in order to become whole. Many of us in this "sober movement" understand that, in order to shed the old, we must become willing to take suggestions (The Steps from AA) #1, … Continue reading FROM-1-2-1: Shedding the Darkness

PODCAST: Continuing the conversation w/ reiki master teacher Erik (Interview, pt. 2)

I sincerely hope you enjoy the second and final part of the interview, as this was so enjoyable to produce.  Erik is a wonderful teacher to me and really everyone else on our "O.H.H." team at the office.  In fact, I hope to conduct more interviews with him and other co-workers as I realized recently … Continue reading PODCAST: Continuing the conversation w/ reiki master teacher Erik (Interview, pt. 2)

ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

Being in recovery myself, I tend to notice certain behaviors of the folks seeking recovery themselves as they proceed through the intake process at work.  In case you weren’t already aware, I work as a peer recovery coach at a treatment center specializing in MAT therapy (we offer both methadone and Suboxone) and mental health … Continue reading ENTRY: Patients inflate use history to ensure treatment

MEDIA: Little Boy Lost, II

The little boy is crying, crying inside the man! The little boy is crying, he can only do what he can! The little boy is crying, there’s so much shit in this life! The little boy is crying, not for himself, but for his wife! The little boy is crying, while lying in bed at … Continue reading MEDIA: Little Boy Lost, II

PODCAST: Penobscot Nation, a chance for wellness (Interview)

And without further ado, here it is, my interview with tribal member and advocate Athena Lamson of the Penobscot Nation!

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)