Public Schools & Substance Use

Public Schools & Substance Use Public school. It’s where the bulk of the American populus will spend the majority of their childhood and adolescence.

My Shadow

My shadow As I continue on my own path of personal development- I wanted to share a piece I wrote. I am in great exploration now of my shadow self, and I invite you to read the following with an open mind. There is a symbiotic relationship when we act in vulnerability.    Treading carefully … Continue reading My Shadow

The Age of Anxiety

Living in the Age of Anxiety Anxiety. It's almost the most common mental health complaint of young people today.For most millennials, anxiety is listed as a number one complaint among mental health concerns across America. People are anxious, unnerved, worries and conflicted.  It's something that we have begun to hear of more and more over … Continue reading The Age of Anxiety

Dealing with Emotions

Unwanted emotions. How do you deal with emotions? As emotional beings of this earth, we all are inevitably going to feel a wide range of emotions. It is arguably, one of the characteristic traits of the human condition and being a sentient being on this planet. We know and understand on a core level, that we … Continue reading Dealing with Emotions

Harm Reduction

Today is International Harm Reduction Day. It is a day that intends to honor the practice of harm reduction in our communities, and the people who champion for that cause. Downtown today, the Harm Reduction Action Center was busy, dispensing kits and patrolling Colfax for possible overdoses. Online, the conversation continues to get heated and … Continue reading Harm Reduction

Forgiveness

Forgive and forget, as the old saying goes. The alliteral advice, doesn't sit well with most folks. For some reason the idea of completely letting go is unsettling to most people. Why? Why are we resisting forgiveness so much in our lives? This resistance to forgive, to me, illustrates a buried resentment. To not forgive, … Continue reading Forgiveness

What does it mean to be in recovery? 

  Recovery Whether you like it, or not, you’re in it. The term recovery, is one with an admittedly harsh stigma. When you share that label, that modifier, that statement, “I’m in recovery” a cornucopia of strange emotions arise. Whether it be judgment, pity, scorn, resentment or envy- it is a statement that almost always … Continue reading What does it mean to be in recovery? 

Gratitude

Gratitude was one of the earliest influencers in my journey of healing. After hitting a point of pure desperation, being grateful for even the smallest of things became easy. When I was finally awarded a bed, a decent meal, safety and dignity- I was genuinely overwhelmed with appreciation. If not for the lack, I would … Continue reading Gratitude