CJAB Conference

CJAB Conference 2018 In April I will be connecting with members of PA’s law enforcement community at the annual CJAB Conference. The title for this year’s conference is “Collaboration and Innovation: Keystone of Success”. I will be presenting on why addiction is considered a family disease. Through my presentations and trainings, it is my goal to educate all those who …

Is My Loved One Addicted?

Is my loved one addicted? How do we answer this question Trying to answer the question “Is my loved one addicted” can create confusion, denial, and even false accusations.  When thinking about abusing drugs and alcohol, there are some checkpoints to consider that can help us answer this question. Sudden change in mood Swift change in financial status Debt collectors, …

Talking to Kids About Addiction

Talking to kids about addiction, part one Talking to kids about addiction can feel scary.  You don’t know what to say, when to have to conversation, how much or how little to share.  It never feels like a good time.  This isn’t exactly a topic that people are chomping at the bit to talk about. And yet, its vital.  Having …

Keeping yourself safe during the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for many.  Increased time and contact with families can leave many people feeling vulnerable.  It can also offer as a trigger for relapse and compromise mental health and well being. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping yourself emotionally safe and sober during the holiday season.  Watch the video for additional information. …

Narcan: a lifesaving tool

You may have heard recently about Narcan being made readily available to anyone in need.  Narcan is an opioid antagonist used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses.  In 2014, 29,000 people in the United States died from an opioid overdose, equating to one every 17 minutes.  Many lives could be saved with the use of Narcan.  Who can get …

Local Recovery Resources

                          LOCAL RECOVERY RESOURCES 19087 Listed below are links for resources for those seeking support in the local area: New Leaf Club – non-profit local community resource center Psychology Today – online directory of therapists, search by town, zip code, name DDAP community resources – for family, friends, first responders, and healthcare …

Change the Stigma

Even in 2017, with all the information and education on addiction, a strong stigma still remains. The simplest, easiest, and most effective way to reduce the shame and stigma associated with addiction is to talk about. Talking openly and honestly lets others know they don’t have to suffer in silence.  They don’t have to feel alone and ashamed. One of …

Resolutions for self

What are your new year resolutions? A new year traditionally brings about a time of reflection and change.  Many individuals look at what they want to do better, what they want to change, and set several goals for themselves at once.  Did you know that only 8% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them? (Forbes, 2013) In this blog …

American Addict

 American Addict, a lifesaving film “American Addict, the film, unveils how America has gone from the land of the free to the land of the addicted. America represents 5% of the world’s population but consumes 50% of the world’s prescription pills and over 80% of the world’s prescription narcotics; this is NOT a coincidence. This film reveals the relationships between the …

Powerball Fever

Have you bought your powerball ticket? You know, there is a 1 in 292.2 million chance that you could win… Why does a large jackpot like the powerball incite such excitement in those who don’t even gamble? It has to do with motivation, goals, and the belief that anything is possible. Purchasing a powerball ticket means we have a belief, even …