True sobriety needed to stop cycle

“Jason” has been a drug user from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He managed to get decent grades and stay out of trouble, but by the time he reached his early 20s, he had developed a pretty significant pain pill addiction. Within a few years, he started using heroin, at first snorting and later using needles. He managed to control the heroin for periods of time but would smoke marijuana and drink heavily during those periods, telling himself that at least he wasn’t using dope.

Getting a Grip: Where the mental health system fails

I recently got a call from a distraught father, whose schizophrenic son was about to be homeless. The young man had been living with his mother, but he threatened her with a knife, was taken to the hospital and was not allowed to return home. The father wanted some advice.

Kerth: The enduring drama of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

I must have been 5 or 6 years old when, fed up with my intolerable condition of having to do chores instead of being coddled and doted-upon nonstop, I told Mom, “I’m running away from home.”

MCDH: Take care of your heart

February is American Heart Month and a good time to take a look at personal health habits that can affect our heart.

Kerth: In the name of finding fame, the key word is “The”

Parents all over the world dream that their little tyke will grow up to be famous. They go to great ends to see that their tiny tot fulfills that dream – expensive higher educations, grueling music lessons, rigorous athletic training.

Finding love online

NEW YORK – Mark Miller has survived 19 years of online dating since his 1995 divorce, yet he still has a smile on his face.

Embracing the ‘new feminine’

A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstripes. Sophisticated shades of gray were everywhere, as was navy blue.

Local doctor making house calls, advocates for personalized care

Dr. Kenneth Albrecht’s office is always with him.

Kerth: Silencing a lie is not the same as speaking a truth

You can try to silence objectionable speech with bullets, as the Charlie Hebdo terrorists did recently, but there are quieter ways at work every day.

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