Super Achievers & Addiction: Big Highs, Big Lows

Super Achievers & Addiction: Big Highs, Big Lows

Over my career I have witnessed the vulnerability of Entrepreneurs, CEOs (women and men), Artists, Fashionistas, Writers and other Creative Folk, and each of these creatives that I worked with have been at high risk for depression, addiction and suicide. I have met...
God Shots, They Are All Around Us

God Shots, They Are All Around Us

In addiction recovery, one often hears someone say: that’s a “God Shot,” meaning something happened that was by chance and had a profound effect on them, and proved an unexpected blessing. Mary Margaret, who has a website called God Shots 360, defines these...
A Love Letter For Any & Every Age

A Love Letter For Any & Every Age

October is my birth month, and it’s given me pause to consider how grateful I am for all the experiences I have had these past 73 years. I share this love letter with you, so you too may write your story and a love letter to yourselves. The other week, when a...
A New Twist on a Deadly Problem

A New Twist on a Deadly Problem

A new twist in the evolving opioid epidemic that flared up in regions across the United States a few years ago has clinicians and health professionals like myself hopeful that an end is near. The epidemic, which peaked at claiming 72,000 lives in 2017, has grown to be...
Are Interventions Traumatizing?

Are Interventions Traumatizing?

  One of the biggest questions that families have asked me recently is: will the intervention traumatize my loved one? The first time I heard that I instantly thought: We do not want to harm your loved one, they have been hurt enough! In truth, this is a...
Dear Readers: Reflections on the Past Year

Dear Readers: Reflections on the Past Year

Dear Readers, Recently a friend sent me these words of wisdom. It moved my heart and so reflected how I felt about this year that I have chosen to start of this blog with these words. “A lot can happen in a year. People die. You outgrow old friends and get tired of...
Addiction Unlimited Podcast: Dr. Louise Stanger

Addiction Unlimited Podcast: Dr. Louise Stanger

Listen to Dr. Stanger’s visit on the Addiction Unlimited podcast with Angela Pugh, where they discuss addiction, recovery and how interventions are an invitational process. frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” Click here to enjoy the full...
Good Times at The Blanchard Institute

Good Times at The Blanchard Institute

Question: What do yo-yos, baby sharks, bowling, virtual reality, basketball games, and behavioral health care professionals have in Common? Answer: Ward Blanchard– innovator, inspirer and collaborator. Little did I know when life took a side turn and I traveled...