Do You Have a Shopping Addiction?

Do You Have a Shopping Addiction?

The other day a stately woman called me, worried about her husband who had gone down the rabbit hole of alcohol. It’s not surprising that other people in this owner/executive’s life turned a blind eye to his drinking problem, but she was determined to help her husband...
A Joyful Weekend Adventure In LA

A Joyful Weekend Adventure In LA

From the Tennessee Werewolves, Soul Cycle, Mel’s Diner, The Sunset Marquis to visiting The Villa at Seasons and celebrating Miriam’s House my days in LA were filled with joy. Everyone knows when I grow old, I will live in the Sunset Marquis as it holds a...
Adderall Use, Abuse, & FAQs

Adderall Use, Abuse, & FAQs

We get a lot of phone calls from people asking about Adderall and the negative impact they’ve seen on their children or loved ones. In particular, we see issues arise when Adderall is used in combination with other drugs.  It is well known that stimulant medications...

The More We Learn About Marijuana

  With marijuana use at an all-time high for young adults and late teens, as indicated in a recent study, people are wondering what the implications of marijuana use are. Maks Ezrin, head of Youth Prevention Mentors, recounts “As a young pot-head in my teens — I...
How Is Narcan Used In Opioid Overdoses?

How Is Narcan Used In Opioid Overdoses?

In the event of an overdose, Narcan can be a life-saving drug. It is used to reverse the effects of opioids and help restore breathing. Let’s look at how Narcan works in those situations. Opioid Antagonist Narcan is an opioid antagonist, which means it works...

Can You Remove Yourself From the Center of the Story?

I particularly like the writing of Leo Babauta as he gets to the heart of the matter. In his article, Mental Badassery: Becoming Aware of the Stories We Tell Ourselves, Leo points out eloquently that we as we go about our day, we the tell our stories and ultimately we...

Unhooking the Narrative

Along with learning how to do something different, seeing the world in new and different ways, we have to work on helping our clients UNHOOK the Narratives which have colored their lives in a kaleidoscope of fear and sorrow. A great deal of inner child work, for...

Can You Ride a Bicycle Backwards?

  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with Joe Waggener. He is both a lawyer and an interventionist. I have always been grateful to him for introducing me to the YouTube Video Riding a Bicycle Backwards. It is absolutely brilliant and a great...
What Can Fear Teach Us?

What Can Fear Teach Us?

Flying back from Munich to San Diego, I came across a German Proverb, “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.” As I contemplated this statement, I realized we all have fears, some of which can be quite imaginative and vocal, which may color the stories we tell...
Can Humor Be an Intervention Strategy?

Can Humor Be an Intervention Strategy?

While traveling home from the American Pharmaceutics meeting, I stopped to think about how I made folks laugh during my presentation. Humor served to break the ice and make folks more relaxed, so the ongoing discussions were full and the participants felt safe and...