Why We Must Talk with College-bound & College Students About the Misuse of Alcohol & Other Drugs (Inspired by My Online-Doctoral-Student-Dropout Journey :-) ) I recently dropped out of an online doctoral program— and as a result, I have developed much compassion for today’s “learner”. After all, young students don’t have the stress-management … [Read more...]
The Torch Has Been Passed to Me . . .
. . . and I accept! Where do I begin? After much deliberation, I have decided to share a piece of my life with you that I “believe” happened as providence. My reason for feeling a NEED to share my Devine calling now is primarily because: It is sad to witness the United States “talk” about its National Opioid Epidemic, I am tired of young people … [Read more...]
One Neighborhood . . .
In MY EXPERIENCE, I’ve come to realize that there is a topic more controversial than addiction, racism, politics, religion or sexism – it’s “unconditional love”. I think that the true minority in this country is the person who sees everybody as equal; – the true minority is the person who does not justify whose life is better or privileged--nor whose life is worthy or … [Read more...]
Addiction and Racism – PART 1
WARNING: Today’s topic is what I believe to be number TWO on the list of forbidden topics of discussion in "our" culture: RACISM . . . I believe ADDICTION to be the number ONE edgy societal-issue. I’ve marinated this topic of RACISM for over a month. The media is constantly feeding us (listeners and viewers) the classic “divide & conquer” messages via … [Read more...]
Recovery and Kwanzaa . . .
Click here⇒ TIDBITS to receive your GIFT from Counseling On A Shoestring! ♦◊♦◊♦◊ Now one might ask, what does Kwanzaa have to do with recovery and/or addiction? Well, for me, very much! In 1995, I did my internship with an outpatient drug treatment program in Richmond, VA. My intern supervisor was from Kenya. He incorporated his African culture, along with Kwanzaa … [Read more...]