Recovery

An Answer to Addiction

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Show me the money! On September 13, 2015, the nation’s top drug official Michael Botticelli appeared on 60 MINUTES. His segment was listed as a new change in the drug war. However, as I watched I soon realized it was based on lessons we have known for a log time. Yes addiction is a disease,…

The Drug Test is Wrong. I’m Clean

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Ahh …. no you’re not. Here’s why. It’s become more and more prevalent that professional athletes test positive for drugs. Virtually all of them deny the results of the drug test. In the athlete’s mind the only thing wrong is they may lose millions of dollars in salary and endorsements because of a faulty drug…

Mental Health Needs go Unmet (Video)

Mental Health Needs Unmet

If you talk to anyone who works in the mental health system, they will tell you they are sick and tired of those people who say we need more help for the mentally ill. It sounds good, but these people never pull out their wallets when it comes time to pay for needed services. What…

Trey Radel Resigns for Cocaine Possession Charge

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As a liberal I take no satisfaction in the resignation of Trey Radel. As a person in recovery, I know that if he is serious about sobriety he can be an asset in his work even though it involves causes I vehemently disagree with. What does it say to other employers who have an addicted…

Grendell Shows Lack of Knowledge Regarding Addiction

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Sen. Tim Grendell, a Chesterland Republican is introducing a bill that would require any Ohioan receiving cash assistance to pay for a drug test. If clean, they would receive the assistance and be reimbursed for the drug screen. His bill mirrors a Florida law. This is one of those pieces of legislation that sounds like…

New and Old Thinking on Addiction

There is almost complete consensus that addiction is a disease. The debate has been over whether it’s a psychological condition treated by a psychiatrist in conjunction with the A.A. model, or is it a physical problem treated with the medical model. In an article “Rethinking Addiction’s Roots, in the New York Times, Douglas Quenqua takes…

I’m Tired of Shouting at the Rain

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I have written before about the scourge of new designer drug’s that mimic the high of marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens. That does not include the prescription drugs that are over prescribed and creating addicts from the genetically willing and those in legitimate pain. To be sure, Ohio has had a response under the current Republican…

Sheen and Cage, Substance Abuse or Stupidity

On goes the continuing saga of Charlie Sheen and Nicolas Cage.  Their actions can only be explained by substance abuse or stupidity. I’m guessing a little of both. First of all they are really bad actors. Cage had a few successes early, but now has been regulated to “B” movies which are made for foreign…

Family Drug Court Works

I am writing about a family drug court in Minnesota, but the same programs exist in Ohio. It is no surprise to those in the addiction field that drug courts, family drug courts, and mental health drug courts work. The story is of 24 year old Jenny Brown who two years ago was in danger…