All I Want For Christmas Is Sobriety

All I Want For Christmas Is Sobriety

To choose nursing or medicine as a profession comes with the reality that, at some points in your career, you will likely be covering weekends and holidays. So when my children were young, I had to take my turns doing shifts on Thanksgiving and Christmas for many...
Self Care for Fast Times

Self Care for Fast Times

Oh my. The holidays. The responsibilities. The drama. The pressure. It can make a sane person crazy and a sober person relapse. There are so many things out there on social media about self-care, but as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner with an additional specialty...
Newly Sober During the Holidays

Newly Sober During the Holidays

Christmas music is now playing in stores and on the radio and you are newly sober. Congratulations! This is an incredibly vulnerable time for a newly recovered person. Even the music can be a trigger. Recovery is a process and will be tested many times over the years....
5 Things To Remember If Your Kid Is Using Heroin

5 Things To Remember If Your Kid Is Using Heroin

When I started working at the Coleman Institute for Addiction Medicine many years ago, I was blown away by the parents who were shell-shocked to learn that their children—their high achieving, athletic, award-winning, popular, beloved children—were addicted to heroin....