Dec 01, 2018 by Dennis C. Daley
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After years of continuous recovery from heroin addiction, Daryll had dental surgery and received prescription opioids for postsurgery pain. His addiction was reignited after several days of using the drug. Beth, addicted to methamphetamine, developed “meth mouth,” in which several of her teeth blackened, decayed, or broke off. She also developed gum disease. By the time Mike was in his early forties, he had lost all of his teeth. Several were knocked out during a fight while drunk, and the...

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Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 12/01/2018

Dear Dr. Galardi, I’m a forty-seven-year-old recovering alcoholic. I’ve been in sustained recovery for five years. I go to AA meetings regularly, but lately I’ve been feeling that something’s missing. I know there is such a thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but is that the same thing as a “thought addiction”? I notice that I sometimes have negative thoughts about people when I’m feeling bad about my life or myself, so I’m wondering: Is negative thinking about others is a form of...

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We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

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The Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Submitted by John Newport on fri, 12/01/2018

This column will attempt to illuminate practical applications of the teachings of my favorite mentor, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk whom in my opinion is the foremost contemporary proponent of application of basic Buddhist precepts in our daily lives. While Thay (as he is known by his followers) is a leading practitioner of Zen Buddhism, his approach to helping us enrich our lives and the lives of those around us is extremely inclusive. Indeed, his followers include countless numbers of...

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We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

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Simple Solutions or Real Results

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 12/01/2018

In a previous column (April 2018), I wrote about the genesis of the opioid crisis. While possibly informative, it provided little information about potential solutions currently being offered and identifying those whose major effect is more to make people feel good about doing something, whether effective or not. One of the points I made in the column was that the genesis of the current opioid crisis and its solutions are multifactorial. However, we continue to look for simple solutions while...

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Passing the Bar: Mobilizing Lawyers to Create a Healthier Profession

Submitted by Bob Carlson on fri, 12/01/2018

Lawyers learn stress early. They stress through three years of law school, they stress preparing for and taking the bar exam, and they stress at highly competitive jobs in law firms, corporations, and government. Stress is often part of the legal profession’s culture. So perhaps it is no surprise that studies show a substantial proportion of lawyers and law students suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs), depression, and anxiety at far higher rates than the general public and even other...

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We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

Read More...

Simple Solutions or Real Results

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 12/01/2018

In a previous column (April 2018), I wrote about the genesis of the opioid crisis. While possibly informative, it provided little information about potential solutions currently being offered and identifying those whose major effect is more to make people feel good about doing something, whether effective or not. One of the points I made in the column was that the genesis of the current opioid crisis and its solutions are multifactorial. However, we continue to look for simple solutions while...

Read More...

Passing the Bar: Mobilizing Lawyers to Create a Healthier Profession

Submitted by Bob Carlson on fri, 12/01/2018

Lawyers learn stress early. They stress through three years of law school, they stress preparing for and taking the bar exam, and they stress at highly competitive jobs in law firms, corporations, and government. Stress is often part of the legal profession’s culture. So perhaps it is no surprise that studies show a substantial proportion of lawyers and law students suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs), depression, and anxiety at far higher rates than the general public and even other...

Read More...

We've Seen a Thing or Two

Submitted by Gary Seidler on fri, 12/01/2018

As a recovering journalist, publisher, observer, and commentator, I am struck by the enormity of current developments in the world of addiction. We can all agree that chemical and behavioral addictions can no longer be swept under the rug. We are now more aware of the elephant in the room. The good news is that the stigma of addiction is slowly but surely lifting. Like the insurance ad says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” We come to the end of a tumultuous year with...

Read More...

Simple Solutions or Real Results

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 12/01/2018

In a previous column (April 2018), I wrote about the genesis of the opioid crisis. While possibly informative, it provided little information about potential solutions currently being offered and identifying those whose major effect is more to make people feel good about doing something, whether effective or not. One of the points I made in the column was that the genesis of the current opioid crisis and its solutions are multifactorial. However, we continue to look for simple solutions while...

Read More...

The Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Submitted by John Newport on fri, 12/01/2018

This column will attempt to illuminate practical applications of the teachings of my favorite mentor, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk whom in my opinion is the foremost contemporary proponent of application of basic Buddhist precepts in our daily lives. While Thay (as he is known by his followers) is a leading practitioner of Zen Buddhism, his approach to helping us enrich our lives and the lives of those around us is extremely inclusive. Indeed, his followers include countless numbers of...

Read More...

Ask the LifeQuake Doctor

Submitted by Toni Galardi on fri, 12/01/2018

Dear Dr. Galardi, I’m a forty-seven-year-old recovering alcoholic. I’ve been in sustained recovery for five years. I go to AA meetings regularly, but lately I’ve been feeling that something’s missing. I know there is such a thing as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but is that the same thing as a “thought addiction”? I notice that I sometimes have negative thoughts about people when I’m feeling bad about my life or myself, so I’m wondering: Is negative thinking about others is a form of...

Read More...

The Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

Submitted by John Newport on fri, 12/01/2018

This column will attempt to illuminate practical applications of the teachings of my favorite mentor, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk whom in my opinion is the foremost contemporary proponent of application of basic Buddhist precepts in our daily lives. While Thay (as he is known by his followers) is a leading practitioner of Zen Buddhism, his approach to helping us enrich our lives and the lives of those around us is extremely inclusive. Indeed, his followers include countless numbers of...

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Sober-Living Regulations throughout the Nation, Part II

Submitted by Lillie Singh on fri, 12/01/2018

While there have been many challenges to local municipalities’ attempts to regulate or otherwise limit sober-living facilities, there are few reported cases where plaintiffs have challenged the statewide licensure or certification regulations. Judicial opinions discuss challenges to local zoning laws or other measures enacted by cities and municipalities; however, as of the date of this writing, no published cases concern statewide licensing and certification requirements. As a result, it is...

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Simple Solutions or Real Results

Submitted by Gerald Shulman on fri, 12/01/2018

In a previous column (April 2018), I wrote about the genesis of the opioid crisis. While possibly informative, it provided little information about potential solutions currently being offered and identifying those whose major effect is more to make people feel good about doing something, whether effective or not. One of the points I made in the column was that the genesis of the current opioid crisis and its solutions are multifactorial. However, we continue to look for simple solutions while...

Read More...

Passing the Bar: Mobilizing Lawyers to Create a Healthier Profession

Submitted by Bob Carlson on fri, 12/01/2018

Lawyers learn stress early. They stress through three years of law school, they stress preparing for and taking the bar exam, and they stress at highly competitive jobs in law firms, corporations, and government. Stress is often part of the legal profession’s culture. So perhaps it is no surprise that studies show a substantial proportion of lawyers and law students suffer from substance use disorders (SUDs), depression, and anxiety at far higher rates than the general public and even other...

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When Words Are Not Enough: Why Experiential Forms of Healing Are Desirable in Treating Relational Trauma

Submitted by Tian Dayton on fri, 10/01/2018

We need to feel the stories of our lives in order to heal them, but trauma is all about not feeling. Even asking the question, “Can you tell me about your trauma?” can be befuddling, if not disturbing, for ACoAs who have learned to rationalize and deny our pain and confusion in order to stay connected to the families we love and need. When we reduce therapy to only words—for example, when we ask first responders to tell us about the horror of watching groups of people lock arms on the top of a...

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