1. 5 “SMART” Ways to Start 2018!

    Happy 2018! It’s the time of year marked by fresh perspectives, new beginnings, and healthy ideas. There’s something cleansing about the start of a new year. We have the opportunity to make helpful choices for our health, work, family, hearts and minds. Let’s make this the year where we learn …Read More

  2. 1 Question that will help you Break Free!

    In my last post, I talked about several ways of thinking that are highly unhelpful and inconvenient. I wanted to follow up with some ideas for how to start shifting these patterns so you can move towards a more streamlined and manageable way of thinking and responding. To recap, the fastest way to f…Read More

  3. In a galaxy far, far away… Santa came down the chimney.

    The car sped down the road, weaving through traffic at a moderate 45 miles per hour.  Inside the car, John Williams's Star Wars soundtrack blared through the speakers. In the driver's seat, sat a very excited and giddy 32 year old man: me. I was on my way to see the premiere of the latest Star Wa…Read More

  4. He Used the Word ADDICT

    When we hear big news—big, BAD, negative news—we are shocked, overwhelmed, and sometimes crippled.  Almost always, we just wish the news would go away. I will never forget being called in for a meeting in 2009. It was a Wednesday, halfway through the week, and our son was spending it at the Ca…Read More

  5. How To Break An Addiction (Part 1)

    Part 2                 Part 3 Making new habits means changing your playgrounds, playmates, and playthings when it comes to breaking an addiction. This is a popular recovery metaphor that has been around for years and is absolutely necessary! Think of these categories as places, people,…Read More

  6. Why People With ADHD Are More Prone To Addiction

    Addiction and ADD seem to be like best friends. A very large number of adults and adolescents we treat for addiction also have ADHD. Sometimes, this has already been diagnosed before they come to us and sometimes we diagnose it after the fact. I often get asked about medicating children for ADHD bec…Read More

  7. Beating Addiction Requires Strategy!

    Cowboys don’t beat addiction, chess players do. Translation…. It is not about being tough; it’s about being strategic! You have to be smart to survive this cancer. YES, I MEANT TO CALL IT A CANCER!!! Have you ever heard that addiction/alcoholism is “cunning, baffling, and powerful”? There …Read More

  8. Addiction or Normal Teen Experimentation?

    Here are 3 ways to differentiate between normal teenage drug/alcohol experimentation and the beginning stages of an addiction: 1. Normal parenting interventions are not working (at least not for long). Addicted teens will continue to use drugs/alcohol even after you have done all the normal parent…Read More