Growing Up in the Opioid Epidemic

By Patti Richards Sitting around the kitchen table waiting for their breakfast, the children get worried and call her name. When she doesn’t answer, they begin searching the house, and there she is, face down on the floor of her bedroom. The oldest takes the phone beside her and calls 911. Now they wait, sitting […]

What is Sobriety?

Most of us think of sobriety and we think of the dictionary definition, the act of not drinking. While this definition is often enough for persons who are not in recovery, it is nowhere close to spanning the depth and scope of the word and its meaning to those in recovery. As a recovering alcoholic […]

Terrorism vs. the Opioid Epidemic

Every day, breaking news seems to bring new threats. Many people comment that our world is moving quickly and that violence and extremism are ever-present dangers. Visible images from television and the Internet often leave people anxious and concerned. Will terrorism ever end? Will we be able to experience a sense of safety—and for that […]

Heroin in the Suburbs: Why It’s a Crisis and Not an Oxymoron

To those naïve about addiction, the words “heroin” and “suburbs” may not seem to go together. But in fact, it’s the perfect marriage – a marriage made in hell. It’s a connection fueled by ample resources, stigma and easy access to the drug hubs of major cities. Some of the nation’s most severe heroin epidemics […]