• Substance Abuse

    Craig Ferguson on Substance Abuse

    I saw the video below on Upworthy.com and thought it was brilliant. Mr. Ferguson was honest about his own problems from the past and showed a great deal of empathy for those who are currently suffering from substance abuse issues. And of course, being who he is…the video was funny while maintaining the seriousness of the subject.   Well done, Mr. Ferguson. Well done. And thank you! If you or someone you love has a problem there are places to get help, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (which I highly recommend for any type of substance abuse issue) and Al-Anon (support for loved ones) and Alateen (support for teens who have been affected by…

  • Parenting


    I’m excited about my guest today. Author Kassandra Lamb is visiting with great parenting tips. Not only is she a parent herself, so she’s had plenty of hands on experience; but she  is also a retired psychotherapist, so she has the professional credentials as well.   ~~~   Hi, everyone! I’m a retired psychotherapist and psychology professor who now writes mysteries in my old age. (Note from Rhonda: She isn’t old.) Today I’m talking about child development and parenting. Some of these things may surprise you; others, you’ll be thinking Well, duh. Number one’s probably in the well, duh category. 1.  Parents are the most influential people in their children’s lives.…

  • Domestic Violence

    Patrick Stewart Speaks Out About Domestic Violence

    I haven’t written a post about domestic violence in a little while. So I just want to share some different posts highlighting Patrick Stewart and his campaign to bring awareness and the end to domestic violence. In a speech at the UN New York Hotel, March 8, 2013, Stewart said, “Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation.”  And, he calls for One Million Men to end the violence against women. If you haven’t seen it yet – here is the amazing speech he gave for Amnesty International: And this is a post by a young woman who recently had the chance to meet Patrick…

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence: A Personal Story

    Domestic Violence is a huge issue in today’s world. I want to reach as many people as possible in order to help those that need it. And, I know that sometimes it helps more when you hear about someone else who has been there. Someone who has walked in your shoes and survived. So today’s guest, Michelle Wright, has bravely offered up her story. She is a survivor and she tries to reach out and help those who need it. This is my story. I stayed too long…don’t let it happen to you.  Michelle. There are no other names in my story and some situations have been changed for reasons…

  • Substance Abuse

    Addiction Resource List

    This is just a quick post. I saw this list of 20 Truly Exceptional Alcohol Addiction Resources and thought it might be helpful to some. My friend, Darlene Steelman, made the list and she is a true inspiration. If you haven’t checked out her blog — you should. Although, she is no longer blogging at that link, she has kept the website active. Dig around in her posts – you’re sure to find something helpful.   Originally published on rhondahopkins.com. This post may have been edited to fit the needs for this site.

  • Child Abuse,  Domestic Violence,  Substance Abuse

    Why Do We Hurt the Ones We Love?

    Today I’m turning my blog over to Kassandra Lamb. Writing and psychology, have always vied for number one on Kassandra Lamb’s Greatest Passions list. In her youth, she had to make a decision between writing and paying the bills. She was partial to heat, electricity and food, so… Now retired from a career as a psychologist, she spends most of her time in an alternate universe with her always kind, generous and insightful protagonist, Kate. When not at her computer, transported in mind and spirit into Kate’s world, she lives in Florida and Maryland, with her husband and her Alaskan Husky, Amelia. She also hangs out on Twitter and Facebook. Take…

  • Substance Abuse

    An Inside Look at Alcoholics Anonymous

    Last week, we talked about What Al-Anon is really like and had a look on the inside by someone who has dealt with loving people with substance abuse issues. Chris Stachura shared her story with us. Thank you, Chris! This week, I want to give you an inside look at how substance abuse can cause a multitude of problems for people. Thankfully there are programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) that can help. I’ve been told many times that it literally saved someone’s life. Darlene Steelman has generously offered to share her story with us today in the hopes that anyone reading this that needs help will seek it. Like Chris,…

  • Substance Abuse

    What is Al-Anon Like?

    When someone has a substance abuse issue, loves someone who does or is involved in domestic violence, seeking assistance for the first time can be confusing and intimidating. Taking that first step is often scary. I’ve recommended the services of many of these over the years. Sometimes people took my advice. Sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes they found help on their own. Sometimes they spiraled further out of control. I know that many of them who sought assistance either through recommended services or on their own, found them to be very helpful. I’ve had people call me from out of the blue years later to thank me for something I did…

  • Child Abuse,  Domestic Violence

    Protecting the Abused

    My heart is heavy as I write today’s post. Within the past two weeks, I’ve read about child sexual abuse, missing persons, rapes by spouses, teens driven to suicide by bullying, and children being killed by their parent. Is this the world we live in? After twenty years of working with families and children, I’m still shocked by each new tragedy. I still feel the emotional rawness of each new story. I still feel the despondency at the loss of innocence. I still feel the rage at those who would cause harm to others. I still feel the overwhelming need to make things right. Realistically, I know I am one…

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence: Are You Safe at Home?

    Robert Montgomery said, “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” What a beautiful sentiment. Home should be a place where all who abide there feel safe and cherished. Unfortunately, there are some homes that know violence and fear instead. According to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.3 million Americans are raped or physically assaulted by a current or former intimate partner each year.  One in four women will experience intimate partner abuse at some point in their lives.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average, more than three women are murdered…