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This past month I have talked to many people whose hearts were hurting. A husband called worried about his wife who was swirling out of control with pills, alcohol and shopping. In the midst of this she forget to tend to her 1 year-old. Then a 48 year-old colleague of...read more
"It’s okay Mindy," I said in a measured voice. "Tell me what happened. Start from the beginning." Mindy’s Story Mindy explained that her husband Bob was a successful entrepreneur, amassing a sizable fortune. They basked in the light of gleaming luxuries – a parade of...read more
Imagine that as I stand at my computer suddenly tranquil music starts playing and later a buzzer sounds to keep me moving - standing up or sitting down. This continues, driving me to stay focused, on schedule, and finish my tasks for the day. The future is here....read more
Mindy first reached out to me after an incident occurred with her husband Bob and their granddaughter Lucy. She was at her wits end. Mindy was panicky over a series of phone calls, worried she’d never see her granddaughter again. “It’s okay Mindy,” I said in a...read more
*** Originally appeared in Sober World. By Louise Stanger Ed.D., LCSW, CDWF, CIP and Roger Porter When Milly’s father called, he discovered Milly’s dark secret. He tried to be a compassionate and attentive father as she broke down in tears and explained what was going...read more
In the wake of the recent college admissions scandal, much has been written about the new term given to parents who are all but living their child’s life for them: Snow Plow Parents. In case you missed it, The New York Times painted a vivid picture of it last week in...read more
My head is swirling in disbelief. My heart is aching. Each day hundreds of our young ones are dying from alcohol, tobacco, opioids and other drugs. Anxiety and teen depression rates are soaring. Marijuana is legal and is being touted as a drug for the rich and famous....read more
I have a breaking point of sorts. When life gets me down and there are too many things that are beyond my scope, I seem to have a peculiar knack (not a huge knock-down- drag-out), rather a ridiculous marshmallow pillow fight of a melt down and get myself into a bit of...read more
Last year, I never thought when I first wrote about the rise of vaping that it would in nanoseconds turn into a national epidemic. According to a report in the Daily Mail, “an estimated 3.6 million US teens are now using e-cigarettes, representing one in 5 high school...read more