Anger Management: When You’re Afraid to be Angry

Many of us were taught unhealthy beliefs and attitudes about anger. It’s a healthy emotion, but we tend to treat it as though it’s inherently unmanageable. This explains why we have so many anger management programs. The greatest downfall of which are that they are generally developed only for those who are explosive or otherwise […]

How to Medically Improve Addiction Treatment

We expect that all health conditions be continuously evaluated by our health care providers. No responsible healer would ever assume that a chronic cardiac condition, diabetes or even asthma is in check. Monitoring and identifying change ensures healthy maintenance and constitutes best practice. In the case of alcohol and drug addiction however, this practice is […]

R.I.P. Robin Williams

The world lost a genius today. We may never know whether it was his mental illness or addictions that claimed him. Either way I hate to see those conditions/disease take a life. The truth is, I’m selfish. I want more movies and more stand up. I am not sad for him or truth to tell, […]

Maine’s Best Weapon Against Drug Abuse is COMMUNITY

Jackie Farwell’s recent article thoroughly explains why prescription monitoring efforts are worthwhile. This strategy prevents substance abusers and addicts from having their destruction systemically enabled. In a small number of cases, it leads to the unveiling of addiction and in an even smaller percentage of cases, to engaging in treatment. More often what results is […]

Resisting the Urge to Use

The compulsion an addict experiences to use is stronger than any other urge a human being can endure. The inhibitions of logic and reason get stripped away. In these overwhelming moments, loyalties and love are temporarily lost. Resistance leads rapidly to withdrawal – a uniquely horrible set of symptoms. If you’ve never experienced it, you […]

Phantom Pain Comes in Many Forms

As a therapist and in my personal relationships, I’ve heard many accounts of phantom pain. I recently became an amputee (it feels so weird for me to claim this title) and have experienced it. It is unique from anything I’ve ever felt or sensed. It feels like my mind and body betraying me. The problem […]

Resisting Change as We Age

For most of us, rigidity increases with age. We find ourselves increasingly resistant to change and bemoan the necessity of adjusting to life circumstances. Our lack of willingness makes it easy to get stuck along the way. All that is required is a lack of acceptance of how things are. The subtle and seductive invitation […]

Out of the Hospital and into the Fire

I kept hearing Humble Pie’s “Thirty Days in the Hole” playing in my head every time I counted the time I’d been hospitalized. Thank God I didn’t know what I was in for when I landed there. I just got through one day at a time – some rougher than others. All told it was […]