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Michele Garcia

A Look at Happy Sobriety

Happiness is a state of well-being, contentment, joy, bliss, satisfaction and delight, as we are told by Merriam-Webster.

Well, that is completely out of the question when most of us think we will never laugh again. We have used up all the laughter and fun with our drinking and drugging. And, now that thats over, what's left for us is going to be a slow march to the grave. How possibly can we ever have any fun or laughter without our friend the bottle? Our friend the spoon? Our friend the needle, pipe, and or glass? This must be the end.

Sunday, January 11, 2015/Author: Michele Garcia/Number of views (1093)/Comments (1)/
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Samira Noorali

World Peace Caravan

The journey toward peace in the Middle East has been a long, arduous, frustrating and unfruitful one. Recovering from old wounds appears impossible and centuries more of ongoing violence feels like a foregone conclusion.   Still, the heart cries for peace, hope, and recovery.

Friday, October 10, 2014/Author: Samira Noorali/Number of views (1225)/Comments (0)/
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James Gagne, M.D. and Sonnee Weedn, Ph.D.

Addressing the Complexities of Chronic Pain

As a specialist in pain medicine since the 1970s (Dr. Gagne) and a clinical psychologist treating chemical dependency and personality and mood disorders since 1980 (Dr. Weedn), we are amazed at how far pain treatment has come, even though it remains mired in its central conundrum: the tendency to oversimplify. Simply stated, too many practitioners see only what they are trained to treat.

Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: James Gagne, M.D. and Sonnee Weedn, Ph.D./Number of views (1833)/Comments (0)/
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Robert Hammond

Transformed by Writing: A Light Journey

When you’re all alone in the dark you can either close your eyes and go to sleep or look for the light.

I entered the department store and tried my best to look like a real shopper. Something told me they were watching me. Maybe it was just my drug-induced paranoia, I told myself, half-convincingly. I picked up a pair of slacks, folding them neatly over my arm.

Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: Robert Hammond/Number of views (2155)/Comments (0)/
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Point of Return

Stories about recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and impulse control disorders all seem to have a somewhat common theme.
Monday, September 16, 2013/Author: Anonym/Number of views (857)/Comments (0)/
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