August 22, 2018

“My name is Erin and I am an addict.”

I remember joking about being an addict, saying things like, “Yup, I’m just a no-good junkie, might as well get high.” I laughed when I said […]
June 25, 2018

THE SUBSTANCE ILLUSION

About five years ago, the “importers” of illegal substances realized that the real money was not in the inner city, but in the suburbs. The focus […]
May 2, 2018

FORTY EIGHT MONTHS

Our children are under attack by the overwhelming availability of harmful drugs, and in particular: BLACK TAR HEROIN. it would be wonderful if we could just […]
February 9, 2018

Fake Oxy

With so much going on in the world today, worrying about a new drug being exposed to our children should be the last thing on anyone’s minds. Unfortunately, fake Oxycodone, or […]
January 22, 2018

My Son’s Killer

My son’s suicide note explained the cause of his death. “I want to die. My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my […]
October 19, 2017

Isolation vs Connection: The Rat Park Experiments

There were times in my addiction when I was surrounded by friends, people, and parties. The drinking was social and the drugs were recreational. I am […]
September 22, 2017

What Do I Do With My Child?

College can be an exciting time for many young adults; it is where they experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new […]
September 22, 2017

I’m Not Broken

If modern medicine does one thing well, it’s making labels for human conditions. There are many new syndromes and diseases, many new pills and treatments. Well, […]
August 9, 2017

TWO YEARS FOR A LIFE WORTH LIVING

My experience here at the John Volken Academy (JVA) has been in many ways the hardest and best experience I have had in my whole life. […]