It is Fourth of July. A day for fireworks and booze. I can drink, but it never turns out well. I can even stop at two glasses of wine. But then, sort of like a drone falling on my house,something really nasty happens. Two or so months later of my drinking I find myself having… Continue reading My first Blog, Cross Tolerance
Yep, it’s true. Most of us in the industry have struggled with the disorder of addiction or have been affected by someone who has. I’m a double hitter. I was affected by my parents’ addictions and then my own substance use disorder. This disease defies comprehension, even by us who have been in the vice grip… Continue reading Are people in the industry of substance use disorder normal?
Disheartened. Depressed. “Why bother, Joani, you are working at a losing game. Whack a mole, that is it, that is what you are doing.”Do I believe in what I’m doing, interventions, to get people into treatment for their disease? I am just plain sad and discouraged. My sweet (sometimes pain-in-the-ass friend) is gone. She answered… Continue reading I am Tired
Have you ever thought about committing suicide? I have. Have I had a plan? Yes. Have I attempted it? No. Why?Two factors I think. The love of my kids and being unwilling to leave behind the psychological trauma that I know they would carry. My thoughts of suicide always followed the coming down from and… Continue reading Interventions/Suicide Do no Harm
Hear this, Big Pharma: I appreciate the fact that through the introduction of some medications, our lives have been improved and extended. Your industry, like most things in life, though, is not so black or white. Let us face an important fact. A big part of your motivation is your bottom line, making money. There… Continue reading Big Pharm at it again.
At first I feel like crap professionally, but that feeling lasts only a nanosecond. I don’t have the luxury of wallowing in my own deflating self-esteem. I know the stats: about 5 to 10 percent of patients do not accept the first option we offer them. Five percent go to treatment after the intervention, and 5… Continue reading When it don’t come easy, when a patient does not accept the help of treatment at an intervention…..
Teenagers—in a world all their own. A world where everything they know is right. Sometimes they need a reality check, and that is what this mom provided them at the dinner table. (Food makes them a captive audience.) I had just returned home from having taken a 12-step meeting into one of the best rehabs in… Continue reading Oh, No, No, No, Not at my Dinner Table