Category Archives: choices

Waiting

Many years ago when I was a college student, I went to visit a friend who lived in exurban Connecticut. My friend was the third of that name and was so called “Buddy,” the other names having been used on … Continue reading

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Do Therapists Give advice?

I started off as a peer counselor in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program– I had stopped using mind altering substances in an addictive way for over a year and gave lots of advice to people who were trying to … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Shopping Cart

Have you ever gone to a supermarket, gotten a shopping cart, started to push it up the aisle, and realized that it tended to pull to the right (or left)? It’s like a car that needs the alignment done. At … Continue reading

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Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Just got done reading an interesting piece on the headline topic on NPR website:¬†http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/12/523774660/a-drugmaker-tries-to-cash-in-on-the-opioid-epidemic-one-state-law-at-a-time Apparently the makers of Vivitrol are lobbying hard to get states to use their product at the expense of other products. This is just a heads-up … Continue reading

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“I Wish I Wasn’t So Good at This”

This is just a quick meditation on recovery– or coping– or whatever name you want to give it. Happy New Year, by the way. For many of us, including folks who don’t necessarily carry a DSM 5 label, life is … Continue reading

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Depression Forever?

Imagine (or recall) yourself as a second grader. It’s a Friday afternoon in May, and the weather is beautiful. After school is out, you will get to play late outside, and you have the whole weekend ahead of you. But … Continue reading

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Save a Life– Either Your Own or a Friend’s.

There has been controversy over gun violence killing people, but one of the comparative statistics is that 11,208 people died from firearm homicide,(http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm) while firearm suicides are double that– 21,175 (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/suicide.htm) One of the problems is that many who own … Continue reading

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