Think quitting drinking or AA is the only way? Think again.

I recognize that this post may seem controversial to some people, but hear me out. I want  to challenge “conventional wisdom” here- because it’s something I’ve always had a need to do, and because I’m a psychologist and I spend every day helping people think differently or to find out-of-the-box solutions to their problems. ForContinue reading “Think quitting drinking or AA is the only way? Think again.”

Don’t hate… compensate!

As a psychologist I work with a lot of people who want to make a change in their lives.  They want to be more outgoing, assertive, or confident…less depressed, anxious, or boring…and so on.  We could probably all benefit from making one change or another. I have found myself lately writing about making changes.  It’s myContinue reading “Don’t hate… compensate!”

“Gateway Drugs” and Why Parents Should Take Them Seriously

Most people have heard the term “gateway drug”, which is synonymous with marijuana.  The idea is that use of marijuana eventually leads to use of other, “harder” drugs. In my work I have seen this to be true the vast majority of the time.  Still, this term is often misunderstood. People often deny that there is any such thing as aContinue reading ““Gateway Drugs” and Why Parents Should Take Them Seriously”