Happy New Year fellow colleagues! I don’t know about you, but I tend to
be reflective during the time of one year ending and another beginning.
I consider areas of my life and ways I can continue to move forward and
stay true to who I am, why I am here, and what I do. What were you
doing about 20 years ago? I had just finished undergraduate and was
headed into graduate school for counseling. I knew then I had a passion
for working with women. Of course, what I didn’t know was that all the
spaces in between then and now would be intricately woven together by
choices, relationships, and continuous learning – all to bring me full
According to research published in Pain Physician Journal
as recently as 2006, 90 percent of people in the US receiving treatment
for pain management were prescribed opiate medication. Of that number 9
to 41 percent had opiate abuse/addiction problems.