The Link Between Adoption and Substance Abuse?

  • November 24th, 2014
  • True confession #1:  I am an adoptee.

    True confession #2:  I am in long-term recovery.

    As a result, I’ve always wondered if there is a link between being adopted and having substance use disorder (or other mental health issues).  Recent research sheds more light on this subject:

    Read about it here:  The Link Between and Adoption and Substance Abuse?

    Is Substance Abuse is Only a Young Person’s Problem? Definitely not!

  • November 17th, 2014
  • The authors of SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimate the number of adults age 50+ who will need drug and alcohol treatment will increase from 2.8 million in 2002-2006 to 5.7 million by 2020.

    So, why the upswing?

    Continue reading here.

    Substance Abuse Programs Need to Look at the Whole Person – Sound Obvious? There’s More to the Solution Than You Think

  • November 7th, 2014
  • “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”

    These words from the ancient philosopher Plato capture what the foundation of substance abuse treatment and recovery should be — holistic.

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently published a guide based on research that provides the 13 principles of effective drug addiction treatment. One of the principles placed an emphasis on treatment that is holistic:

    Drug and alcohol treatment that is effective addresses not just the addiction alone; it must address the medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal issues as well.  Treatment must be holistic in nature.

    Ready the remainder of this post here.

    Kiva Recovery – My Ongoing Gig

  • October 28th, 2014
  • I haven’t kept up as often as I’d like, mainly because I’ve been busy in my role as Executive Director of Kiva Recovery.

    The goal of Kiva Recovery treatment is to replace addiction with solution-focused, growth-oriented strategies focusing on:

    • Lifelong Recovery through Holistic (Global) Health
    • Positive Character Building through Continuous Character Growth
    • Life Satisfaction through Contentment

    Check out our new Web design here:

    If You Don’t Stop Tolerating Things, You May Hate Yourself Later

  • March 2nd, 2014
  • I’m a firm believer that tolerating things that bother us is a really bad idea. How many times have you said about something, “It’s tolerable.” Or, “I can stand it.” Most of the time, I think we’re “standing” things we don’t have to stand.

    As a rule, I think tolerating something is a waste of time and effort, and generally causes our lives to be less enjoyable, satisfying and fulfilling than they need to be. I just don’t see why anything needs to be tolerated.

    Sometimes you need to put your foot down.





  • June 25th, 2013
  • If you’re so inclined, please check out a new blog that addresses the statement:

    “There’s more to life than just being sober.”

    Please browse, comment, and or submit your own post!










    FLIGHT – A Heartbreaking Story of an Alcoholic Addict

  • November 18th, 2012
  • Roger Ebert’s review of the movie Flight is interesting, especially given that he has come out as a recovering alcoholic in print.

    This movie is A MUST SEE !!!  I think it was better the second time, even though it was only 5 days later when I viewed it the second time.




  • October 27th, 2012

    Forget the dramatization of addiction on reality TV. Living with addiction day in and day out is much more horrific. The New York Times nailed it:

    “The degree to which “Smashed” refuses to indulge a voyeuristic taste for the kind of sordid details exploited by reality television amounts to an unspoken declaration of principle.”

    What is “Recovery”?

  • July 25th, 2012

    What Is Recovery? logo


    It’s an age-old question, one that is hotly debated at treatment centers and enthusiastically discussed in 12 Step rooms.

    Now’s your chance to weigh in on the discussion.

    What Is Recovery is a project of the Alcohol Research Group (ARG.  ARG conducts and disseminates research in alcohol consumption and problems, alcohol health services and policies, and trains future generations of alcohol researchers.

    The project is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Participants complete a Web-based survey about your definition of recovery. You do not have to provide any personal identifying information to participate. It is anonymous, which means that we will not be able to identify you as having participated in the study, and we will not be able to link your answers to you. Answers to the web survey also are confidential.

    To be eligible to participate in the project, you must be at least age 18 and consider yourself as being in recovery from an alcohol or drug problem.

    This is important to the recovery and treatment communities.  Please take the time to share your thoughts.


    Is It Odd, or Is It … Synchronicity?

  • June 4th, 2012
  • The Dalai Lama said :  “I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”

    Wikipedia describes synchronicity as “the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.”

    For those of us who need to keep things simple,  Dr. Jung used the simple term “meaningful coincidence” to describe these events.


    Would you believe that I had (another) one just two days ago?  While walking down the block outside of my office, a car stopped at the light beeped at me.  I waved, then recognized the passenger as someone I knew through my work.  She waved me over, asking me to come closer.  I did.  She the said “I just want you to know that meeting you was the greatest thing ever to happen to me.

    As I walked away, I thought to myself:  ”What are the odds that I walked out of work at the same time one of 3,000,000 Chicagoans I knew was driving by?  What if I had stayed a minute longer talking with the front desk staff at work?  What if the light was green when she approached it?  What if I had my iPod earbuds in and the volume was cranked on my iPhone?  What if I had tunnel vision and simply didn’t see her?  Well … we never would have shared that moment.

    The saying in recovery goes:  ”Is it odd, or is it God?”  I guess I’m thinking that “synchronicty” just doesn’t begin to describe what happened.

    What do you think?