Because I'm in Rehab

When I was in rehab, I made sure I mentioned that fact to everyone I met.To the checker at the grocery store down the road: "Could you double bag this 24-pack of soda? I have to walk, because I'm in rehab."To the passenger next to me on the Coaster: "I'm very excited to be taking a day trip! See, I'm in rehab, so I don't get to go out much."...more
Yes, in fact as I was watching the series I kept thinking to myself, "Man, this sounds ...more

Lunch with Bobby

I knew this man many years ago; however, the sound of his voice brought me right back to the 80’s.  I remember him walking around the high school campus and I always thought, “What a nice guy.”Flash-forward 28 years and he’s still the nice guy.  We weren’t close throughout the years, but you just know nice when you see it.  I saw it probably three-ish years ago (once again) when he came to visit, and yes, nothing has changed – he’s still a nice guy....more

Hitting Rock Bottom

"Really, I should be dead," he said. Have you every heard the expression “he/she hit rock bottom?” This describes someone who, through various circumstances and/or poor choices, got to a point in life where there was nowhere left to go; they simply hit rock bottom. Long equated with stories of depression or addiction it can serve to remind us of just how far we can drop and amazingly just how incredibly resilient we can be....more

Demi and Heather - the Saddest Stories

t’s been a busy couple of weeks in celebrity news, not the least of which is the hospitalizations of Demi Moore and Heather Locklear for alleged substance abuse. Two women, once huge stars, one on tv and one in film, one dark and sexy, one blonde and sunny. And, for me, two women exactly my age, who I looked at during my twenties as the opposite sides of the same coin of success in Hollywood ....more
Here you talk about two women that I have always envied. Well, at least I did many years ago. ...more

1 Million Suicide Attempts

According to a survey done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about 8.4 million Americans had suicidal thoughts in the past year and 2.2 million made plans to kill themselves. One million people attempted suicide....more

The One in Four Children...

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What they don't tell you

When you find out that a loved one is sick, one of the first questions you ask is, "how can I help them"?  You want to know what you can do to help ease the pain.  Even if you can only make a small difference, you want to make a difference.  ...more

The value of family dinners and giving our children presence

What if there was one thing you could do to lessen the likelihood that your child would get involved with smoking, drinking or doing drugs; lessen his/her chance of developing obesity; and help him/her do better in school? What if that thing was as simple as having regular family dinners together? ...more

I have fond memories of my 2 brothers and I sitting around the table as close to nightly as ...more