• 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…

  • 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…