It’s Good To Know He Tried

My dad taught me to tie a tie.  He stood close behind me, closer than any other time in our lives including the awkward moments when I forced hugs on him, after I learning to hug at AA meetings.  His hands, covered with big veins, pulled the rough synthetic fabric Read more…

Revisiting Bedside Manner

I will share a post from 2009. It was one of my first, about 13 years ago, when I first started treating psychiatric conditions. I have always been interested in addiction as well as other conditions, but I resented employers’ efforts to pigeon-hole me because of my ‘history.’ Oh, that Read more…

Addiction Treatment Has it ALL WRONG

Today on SuboxForum members discussed how long they have been treated with buprenorphine medications.  Most agreed that buprenorphine turned their lives around, and most are afraid they will eventually be pushed off the medication.  Most buprenorphine patients described a reprieve from a horrible illness when they discovered buprenorphine.  But most Read more…

Kratom, Recovery, Elections

I received a question about Kratom, and searched for a earlier post about that plant/substance.  That post came shortly after Obama’s inauguration, after someone wrote to compare his experience at that event to his experience taking opioids.  Funny how every ‘high’ has its own ‘morning after!’ That Post: On a Read more…

Buprenorphine and the Dynamic Nature of Character Defects

Sorry about the re-run—I wrote this several years ago, and I still agree with the concept of ‘dynamic character defects.’ As I read it now, I recognize how things have changed; buprenorphine (Suboxone) has been incorporated into many of the major treatment centers, and even the smallest programs have at Read more…

How 'Bout Them Packers?!!

The last time the Packers were in the Super Bowl, in the mid-1990’s, I didn’t go;  I was in my30’s and I figured I’d go another time.  Now I’m in my 50’s.  The way things go, the Pack may never get there again in my lifetime. On the other hand, Read more…

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes to everyone for the holiday season!   I am not a big Christmas person.  I’m not sure when things changed;  I used to enjoy the season much more…  I remember past days when I would gaze at the tree and feel a warmth from memories of being a kid, sitting in Read more…

Clean Enough, chapter 2.3 and 2.4, My story continued

My Story (cont.) Local hero Interestingly, the heavy drug use came only months after a time in my life when I was riding as high as I ever had before or have since.  During the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college I was working for the city Read more…

Why will power doesn’t work

For those of you who prefer watching to reading, here is a video with a few thoughts about why will power is NOT any kind of strategy for staying clean.  As I describe, believing in will power is not only unhelpful;  it even INCREASES one’s chance for relapse, and serves Read more…

Breaking Bad over RB

Remember back when I used to write those ANGRY posts, where I would take people to task for their silly comments about buprenorphine?  I remember them.  THOSE were the days!  I was always ready to go nuclear on anyone who tried to debate whether buprenorphine treatment was ‘good’ or ‘bad.’    Read more…

Buprenorphine and the Dynamic Nature of Character Defects

What follows is a lightly-edited version of one of my posts from a couple years ago.  I still think that this is a good model for understanding the actions of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine and the Dynamic Nature of Character Defects ‘Suboxone’ and ‘Subutex’ are the trade names for medications that contain buprenorphine, a substance used to Read more…

Another 'Dust-up' with the 'anti' crowd

A couple people have written to me saying that while I sound a bit ‘defensive’ and as if I am taking things personal, they like it when I let my true feelings out– including my anger.   If you are one of those people…. read on.  I will say, though, that Read more…