8 Things Parents Can Do To Help Keep Their Kids Off Drugs

When raising my son and daughter, Annie and Jeff, I never thought about, or worried about addiction. I mean, addiction is something that happens to other people, right? People who can’t control their choices or their lives. Addiction was something I equated with old men and bored housewives, not teenagers. The kinds of things I […]

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Meth in the Family

A great way to start the day. I had the wonderful opportunity this morning to share my story of hope. Local radio host, Lori Raab, interviewed me… and she asked great questions about meth, addiction, and enabling. We also talked about the marijuana measure that will be on Oregon’s ballot this fall. Please listen if you […]

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Book trailer, A Very Fine House

“ALL writers grow increasingly more hypochondriacal as publication approaches,” so said the great Anne Lamott before the release of her last book. St. Anne, as some have dubbed her, may have been on to something. Not that I in any way compare to dear Anne, but her insight may explain the heart attack-like symptoms I […]

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Brain Science and Teen Substance Use

  “What were you thinking?!” This is the quintessential utterance of every parent, to every teenager that has ever lived. It’s behavior that mystifies, that defies all the elements of common sense. What were you thinking when you jumped off the roof into the swimming pool… lit that fire in the driveway… or dumped green […]

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Countdown Begins

Ninety-day countdown begins today for the release of A Very Fine House on September 23! I began writing FIVE years ago, and stopped and started about five times. I mean…what was I thinking that I could write a book? Me, the one whose high school senior English teacher told I’d never make it through college […]

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Heroin is HERE

I caught a glimpse of Lea Michelle on the news the other night when she dedicated her Teen Choice award to Cory Monteith. It made me realize I still grieve for a young man I’ve never even met. The sickening sadness remains that I’ve felt so many times before, when I know another mother grieves, another father has […]

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Marijuana Dispensaries…bad news for Oregon

I was asked by a leading Oregon prevention activist to write an op-ed piece about marijuana dispensaries.  Since the timing corresponded with my mid-week blog post, I’ll share it here. Please let me know your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below! ~~~~~~ The Oregon State Legislature recently passed HB3460, a bill that now sits on […]

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Codependent Some More

My daughter, Annie, recently shared my manuscript with her good friend, Megan. Megan is “her person,” that special woman with whom she shares most everything in life. I first learned of the friendship when Annie chose to dress up like Megan one year for Halloween. She donned a bobbed purple wig, and drew a floral “sleeve” tattoo […]

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Happy World Drug Day

Today is World Drug Day. Really. It’s unlikely that anyone reading this blog was previously aware of this fact, nor that each year on June 26 countries throughout the world show their support for substance abuse prevention by observing this day. It’s not a day I ever imagined would be important to me, but as […]

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Addiction’s Time Has Come

It’s time to bring addiction out of the proverbial closet and bring healing to the millions who suffer.              

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