Families and SUDs – Are You Care Taking or Care Giving?

You are a family member of someone with a substance use disorder (SUD). And that special person has finally entered treatment for their SUD. You have been following all the recommended steps for family members of folks with SUDs. You’re even feeling pretty good about things now. When suddenly, it hits you. Do I really […]

Judy Garland & the Pervasive Stigma of Addiction

I went to see the movie Judy recently. There was a moment toward the end of the film when I thought to myself, Oh for God’s sake – why doesn’t she just get her act together? While a thousand ticket holders waited at a venue in London to hear her sing, Judy Garland was drinking […]

Welcoming the Sober Holidays – 10 Tips to Make them Manageable

My family has a legend we talk about from my non-sober holidays past. It’s about the time “Mom”, with a bottle of chardonnay coursing through her system, put hot stuffing into a Pyrex bowl. And while the rest of the Thanksgiving meal was sliced, mashed and dolloped into serving dishes, attempted to keep the stuffing […]

Walking Through an Empty House/New Life in Recovery

In the span of six days, I moved house and purchased a new vehicle. I’m still rummaging through boxes for socks and toothpaste, eating off paper plates. I drive a Forester now, which may as well be a truck compared to my old subcompact. And in the midst of all of this rapid change, I’ve […]

Women, Alcohol and the Wine Culture

  The United States is the largest wine consumer in the world, exceeding the wine-producing European countries such as Italy and France, which long dominated world markets. According to the Beverage Information Group, 52 percent of women prefer wine, as compared to 20 percent of men. Women make up 57 percent of wine buyers. Women […]

Opinion Rae Green: Funding for Opioid Crisis Not Enough

Recent headlines, including  an article in Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Michigan will receive about $35 million in new federal funding this year through the State Opioid Response Grant. Funding is being provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to “track opioid deaths and […]

The Human Development Project

Human development … There’s a stigma attached to seeking or receiving mental health services. Unlike receiving treatment for breast cancer or heart disease or a myriad of other body illnesses, seeking or receiving mental health services is mostly perceived as a mark of disgrace. In fact, society will often stigmatize less and accept the manifestation […]

Sober Grocery Shopping (Without the Anxiety)

Sober Grocery Shopping – imagine this… You have been having a great day. You didn’t hit traffic that made you want to roll down the windows and scream. Your boss was pleasant this morning. You even planned a special meal the kids can eat for dinner – Zucchini Raviolis. (Yes, sometimes they can be tricked […]

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Alec Green’s Speech at the I Understand Five-Year Celebration

September 25, 2019 marked the five year anniversary of I Understand (love heals) with a Celebration Dinner for 400 at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I Understand is a non-profit organization that offers compassionate comfort to those affected by suicide and mental illness. They are also working to erase the  […]

The Legacy of Inter-Generational Addiction and Recovery

I was re-reading my last article on controlling behaviors, and thoughts about the inter-generational aspects of addiction kept coming to mind. Because so many people raised in families where there is addiction present, grow into adulthood and connect with people who have substance use disorders (SUDs).   Inter-Generational Addiction and Recovery According to the National […]

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