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

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, […]
September 21, 2017

When Parenting Became My Job, It Almost Cost Us Our Marriage

Anyone who ever said parenting is a full time job hit the nail right on the head. I always swore it wouldn’t be my full time […]
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. […]
June 21, 2017

Hope Floats through drug addiction

Drug addiction is a scary thing. I remember sitting in class when as a kid and listening to the traumatic stories about what drug addiction did […]
March 6, 2017

Media and the Mirror

Media and the Mirror A young girl in her mid-teens stares at a mirror, a wounded look in her eyes as she dissects the reflection looking […]
February 27, 2017

Adderall: The Addie effect

  Adderall or “Addy” is a staple study drug for both high school and college students.  When prescribed Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity […]
February 16, 2017

Liquid Alcohol

How bicycle pumps and ball needles were introduced to drinking we may never know.  But a new drinking trend, that doesn’t involve drinking, is getting people […]
February 10, 2017

What our country needs right now is you (Girl Scouts of the United States of America)

After an extremely contentious election season, filled with hostile words and news broadcasts that you may have had to turn off when kids were in the […]