Ornamental Children (written with the help of Maks Ezrin)

Ornamental Children (written with the help of Maks Ezrin)

When Sam called last week, she was scared and frightened. Her beautiful 24-year-old daughter, Harriet, was raging once again, letting her know, in no uncertain terms, that she was a no good, very bad mother. Harriet said she was scared to leave her home, a beautifully...
Treatment Without Walls

Treatment Without Walls

Over the past year, I have been blessed to be able to work with many different behavioral health centers: Seasons Malibu, Milestones Malibu, Pointe Malibu, JFlowers Health Institute, A Mission for Michael, Cirque Lodge, Sabino Recovery, Futures, Balance, Life Sync,...
Cocaine and Ketamine — A  Lethal Cocktail Known As CK

Cocaine and Ketamine — A Lethal Cocktail Known As CK

Calvin Klein has now achieved new notoriety in the drug world. CK-Calvin Klein is the name for a new polydrug which is a combination of cocaine and ketamine. CK is popular around the world, including major cities like London and New York. Users of CK experience a...
10 Ways to Make Your Time Matter

10 Ways to Make Your Time Matter

This morning I read a provoking article by Oliver Bukemen in the daily good that reminded me of our immortality- yours and mind. In his book Four Thousand Weeks, he lets us know that the average lifespan is absurdly terrifying infinite. He says we are lucky to live...
Where is Your Phone on Thanksgiving Day?

Where is Your Phone on Thanksgiving Day?

In the spirit of Dr. Suess, have you ever wondered about all the places you go with your smartphone and if you are addicted? I ran across a wonderful study, of course, on my smartphone by Solitari – this is a company that creates games, and they were curious to...
When You Have The Worst Seat On The Plane And You Spill Water.

When You Have The Worst Seat On The Plane And You Spill Water.

So here I am, sitting right next to the bathroom with a door constantly opening and shutting as the myriad of faceless travelers drop trowel and alleviate themselves. I try and think of funny jokes as I worry that the droplets of hot water that just danced across my...
September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

Funny how we delegate days and months to certain causes. The truth is that every day should be a suicide prevention day. Sadly, death by suicide is among the leading causes of death overall in the United States. There are, on average, 123 suicides each day. It is the...
Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Families It’s been a long time since I have been out and about meeting with all of you in person and to speaking engagements (which I love to do.) The last big conference I spoke at was March 2020 at Providence Medical Center. Who would...
Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

  The other day I was picturing in my mind’s eye a little child playing with a yo-yo. I couldn’t help but think about the energy of a yo-yo in motion. In the hands of a skilled yo-yoer, we see a back and forth of potential energy as the yo-yo moves toward the...
Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

With the news of Simone Biles pulling out of the Olympic finals and choosing her mental health first, we are seeing a movement among elite Black athletes who are taking a public stand to advocate for their own and others’ mental health. There has been a surge of elite...