Parenting Teens: 5 Ways to Cope with Your Teenager’s Drug Use

  I recently had the privilege to write an article for the Stop Medicine Abuse campaign. Their mission is to prevent abuse¬†of over the counter medications, especially cough medicines containing DXM. I decided to write a piece for parents about how to cope if your concern about your teen’s substance use. My tips apply whether your concern is OTC drugs, […]

Why won't my loved one stop using drugs and alcohol? #substanceabuse #addiction #codependency

Why won’t my loved one stop using drugs and alcohol?

    What is addiction? If your loved one continues to use drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences (marital problems, problems at work or school, DUI, financial or health problems), s/he is likely physically and emotionally dependent. This means that the body and brain will react with a strong, negative response if they don’t continue to use substances. If you’ve never been […]

September

September is the month to draw attention to two causes close to my heart. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As a therapist and clinical supervisor, of course, I work to prevent suicide every month of the year. My Grandfather committed suicide. My cousin committed suicide. And a very dear client committed suicide. They were all deeply loved. And they […]