My Son Is an Addict. And He Has Sickle Cell Disease.

As I think back, I remember as a teenage girl asking God for a child who would love me unconditionally, because I wanted someone to love and someone to love me back....more
Thank you Rita....I have to remember, to tell my story....may help another or they may help me. ...more

Rob Ford: Mayor of Addiction

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been a fun headline joke:-        A full-time job for Rob: Minister of Denial! -       Rehabing #peakbatshit!-       Ford’s follies: The mini-series! Yep, it’s tempting. Everybody’s doing it. Ford’s buffoonery invites us. But really, addiction is no laughing matter....more

H is for Heroin

If you are a writer, you are always looking for fodder to keep the reader interested. In going back through my diary of four years ago, I came upon a passage describing a brief scene I encountered while my daughter Meghan and I sat on her hospital bed in the hallway in the Emergency Room. It was just another one of her many visits to the hospital for mental breakdowns, but that particular time the place was hopping, so we didn’t even have a room....more

Everything I Know About my Son I learned from Philip Seymour Hoffman

 As anyone with a TV now knows, the beloved actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a drug overdose after 23 years of clean living, surrounded by bags of heroin. The reason why, not immediately evident....more

Philip Seymour Hoffman And What You Need To Tell Your Kids About Drugs

 John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Corey Monteith, Philip Seymour Hoffman...the list is endless....more

Tom Junod’s Cruel Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

The shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman of a drug overdose has understandably sent many scrambling to make sense of yet another artist falling to addiction.  Esquire Magazine’s Tom Junod has waded into treacherous waters in his attempt at trib...more

How to Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction

The lives of those closes to us, for all our devotion and concern remain something we will always observe from the outside. And in few situations is this more painfully clear than when someone we care about is struggling with an addiction. Perhaps they don't view it as an addiction. They think they have matters well in hand and no matter what you say, you cannot convince them to seek help. It even seems that your insistence creates a rift. Even still, you love this person and want what's best for them....more

Doubting Myself To Destruction

The past few days I’ve been sorting through a bunch of old file boxes. I’m doing so because after taking a look around my home office I found myself wondering how on earth I could have gathered so much clutter....more