This morning on NPR there was a great interview with John Lehman, President of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. Sober homes are in the news lately with the arrests of operators in South Florida. Lehman, who noted Florida is the destination of choice for recovery in the US, pointed to two strategies implemented over… [Read More]
My little girl is growing up. Driver’s Ed came much faster than we expected. With the perils of impaired driving plaguing our country, her Mom and I are so glad we stressed to her the importance of living a healthy life, especially behind the wheel. So many children her age have tragically already started on… [Read More]
Last night, HBO premiered a new documentary on alcohol abuse called “Risky Drinking.” With all the focus on the opioid epidemic, it’s good to remember that alcoholism remains a huge problem in our country. Almost 70% of Americans drink alcohol, and 25% of American adults engaged in binge drinking in the last month. According to… [Read More]
A newly issued report from the Centers of Disease Control confirmed that in 2015, for the first time heroin related deaths (12,989) surpassed gun homicides (12,979).
Addiction problems seem to spike around the holidays. Two disparate reasons account, at least in part, for this. The holidays can be a very sad, lonely time for many. For those who normally, at the best of times, feel separated or apart from joy to the world, good will toward man and the rest of… [Read More]
In a truly disturbing story, especially I think for those of us who believe in recovery, a Dutch man this summer chose to utilize Netherlands’ Euthanasia law rather than continuing to struggle with his alcoholism. Mark Langediijk, 41 years old, battled with alcohol for 8 years, according to his brother, and undertook 21 treatments. There… [Read More]