The first time I took Xanax I was in college and my boyfriend was taking me to a party where I knew no one. My psychiatrist had given me the prescription to address the generalized anxiety [...]
Miriam and I smoked our first joint together in the field behind our school in the middle of the night. We were 14 years old and everything was new and as we lay in the dewy grass, we laughed and [...]
It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep can leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on whatever that day has to offer. In the same way, restlessness or disrupted rest can [...]
Losing beautiful people to heroin is as old a tragedy as the drug itself. Having claimed the lives of high-profile, talented people like Janis Joplin, Mitch Hedberg, Layne Staley, Chris Farley [...]
Taboo. Even the word can pique interest. Many of our most powerful cultural narratives involve indulgence in the proscripted; the course of human history fundamentally shifted by Eve’s bite into [...]
Learning how to love yourself in spite of your addiction can be difficult, but it can greatly enhance your treatment and addiction recovery processes.
Thomas awoke in a ditch around 7 a.m. with the sun bearing down on his face, ready for breakfast. He was already sunburnt. From his position near the eastern edge of the woods, he knew he must be [...]
As human beings, we all like to feel good. It’s simply in our nature. That’s why a big hug after a bad day can feel so nice, and why nuzzling a puppy can make us melt. Even common, natural, and [...]
In 1983, Sandi Gostin, was sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling money from her employer to support her addiction. 1 Unlike most prisoners convicted of addiction-related crimes, Gostin [...]
Battling addiction is exceptionally difficult--but using music therapy in conjunction with various other treatment modalities can be extremely beneficial.
When I was five, my Mom came home from the hospital with a little baby boy (I suppose that technically I was four, but my birthday was close enough, and I was proud of my ‘almost-5’ status). She [...]
Maintaining your emotional health is tough enough as it is–but for someone who has looked addiction right in the face, it can be an even harder task. You have sprinted through the gamut of [...]