LIES, LOVE & LOSS: A TESTIMONIAL IN HER 10TH YEAR OF ABSTINENCE

By Tami J. Recovery is, by far, the most interesting thing I have ever done in my life. Partying in Miami, designer fashion shows in New York City, school in Los Angeles, travel to foreign and exotic locales were all super-fun in my twenties, but, by the time I hit my mid-thirties, I was living … Read more

BATTLING THE POST HOLIDAY BLUES (PS: IT’S PROBABLY NOT DEPRESSION)

By Jeff Vircoe A loud belly laugh erupted from the audience. Landing on stage with a thud, it clearly irritated the lone performer standing in the spotlight. Between songs during a concert at New York’s famed Fillmore East in June of 1970, Stephen Stills was quietly explaining the roots of his next song, a snarly … Read more

CHRIS WILLGRESS: 24 YEARS ANSWERING CALLS ON THE FRONT LINE

By Jeff Vircoe My husband is drinking himself to death. My daughter is cutting. My wife can’t do a day without two bottles of wine. My dad is taking so many pills, he can’t talk straight. When they hear the term “first responder”, most conjure images of flashing lights, police, firefighters, and paramedics. At Edgewood … Read more

LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES: DR. GARY RICHARDSON IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST ADDICTION SAVVY PHYSICIANS

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­­­­­By Jeff Vircoe   Gary Richardson was a young physician in a new country when the warning came. It arrived loud and clear. An elderly patient in his private practice heard he was leaving to go to work at an addiction treatment centre, and she wanted to offer some advice about his soon-to-be clientele. “Just … Read more

Elizabeth Loudon: A hands-on clinician with a passion for recovery

By Jeff Vircoe She’s like the Ninja mother hen of Edgewood. Unfailingly visible at the counselor’s alcove across from the nurse’s desk, at exactly the time when the inpatients head for the common area or a smoke after morning lecture, Elizabeth Loudon’s eyes see all. Who’s acting out? Who is isolating? Who’s being flirty? Who … Read more

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