Why your mental health may be misdiagnosed

I get frequent reminders that most doctors and nurse practitioners have little or no training in substance abuse and addictions. Consequently, there are two conversations I have on nearly a daily basis: No, chances are, you don’t live with Bi Polar Disorder (BPD) It’s a grossly over diagnosed condition because it shares symptoms with a […]

How do I overcome depression?

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield released new data recently that shows surging rates of depression across all age groups. Specifically, it showed a huge uptick in rates of Major Depressive Disorder from 2013 to 2016. The problem with research is that by the time it’s collected, organized, and presented, it’s often two years later. It’s important […]

Are young people really snorting condoms?

A friend approached me today with a bemused expression and simply said, “I think the world is getting stupider. People are snorting condoms and putting it on Youtube.” My first thought was, “That’s probably a thing.” My second thought was, “How many have choked to death so far?” There were over a hundred thoughts that […]

Why do we love and trust the wrong people? 

Nearly every survivor and person in addiction recovery I’ve served has found it necessary to explain to me, “I have trust issues.” My challenge in response is that I don’t need them to trust me. I need them to trust themselves. It’s the foundation of a manageable life and it’s an inside job that requires a lot […]