Hey all -- Lou here! Been a little bit since we've last spoken, and I do apologize for that, it's been crazy busy at work and at home. I must admit, there have been some stresses in my personal life, but you know what, I'm getting through them; it's owing to God's will and by … Continue reading NEW entry added to the book club!!
WASHINGTON — The fumbled response to the first coronavirus case potentially contracted within a U.S. community, in California, shows how health professionals on the front lines can be quickly overmatched by the stealthy disease. And the prospect of more widespread outbreaks could put major stress on state and local health departments that are underfunded and … Continue reading MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?
And without further ado, here it is, my interview with tribal member and advocate Athena Lamson of the Penobscot Nation!
"Just Beneath the Surface" by Dean B. [circa 2000] Just beneath the surface of her pleasant, winning smile, Pompous and indignant, it’s been there quite a while, Comforting, reliable, it keeps her in the dark, At least a million reasons and subtle quirks remark: “Sure it makes a lot of sense!” she’ll deal with it … Continue reading POETRY: Just Beneath the Surface
“…no one sober knows if they’re going to be sober forever. It was a forgiving moment, and it humbled me.” via On Alcoholism, Sobriety, and Running Toward a Future — Longreads LOU'S FOOTNOTES: This is something I am always repeating to peers and fellow patients of addiction treatment. They get it, too. It makes me chuckle … Continue reading On Alcoholism, Sobriety, and Running Toward a Future — Longreads
We’ve all been challenged by our kids lying when they have a substance use problem. Your child may tell an outright lie, or they may omit information. Either way, it is a struggle to deal with. I recently spoke with a mom who was frustrated with her son’s lying. “I want him to admit the … Continue reading MEDIA: How to Cope with Lying and Addiction
A new study on prescription opioid misuse rates by sexual orientation confirms what earlier, less comprehensive studies suggested: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at a higher risk for misusing opioids, according to researchers. But the study also raises questions about a worrisome trend in one subset in the LGBT community. If opioid abuse rates … Continue reading sizzlin’STORIES: Opioid Rx misuse higher in LGBTQ people, study finds
I have been sober for 3 months now. I have learned a great deal about myself and why I started using in the first place. Many of my problems revolve around my relationship with my family. It's not good. Let's just say that it's not the typical relationship that you would have with your family. … Continue reading From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery
I seem to remember one day a while back while seeking out some inspiration, I had asked my mother for some old religious literature. I knew she probably had some, and I figured that it was probably only Catholic, but I really didn’t care. She did find me a couple of very ancient looking books, … Continue reading ENTRY: Inspiration from Everywhere
These scientists have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country – and they may have done just that. Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. … Continue reading NEWS FEED: Non-Addictive Painkiller Found Effective