Not Leaving Las Vegas

The film starring Nicholas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas, about a chronic alcoholic who makes a decision to drink himself to death is a lasting impression about Las Vegas, Nevada and the futility of alcohol treatment. I’m not leaving Las Vegas, in fact I am going to Las Vegas! Going to Las Vegas to assist an …

A Lesson Learned

Sandy was coming in again. She was being admitted to the dual diagnosis unit at the psychiatric hospital where I was employed. I knew Sandy well. She had thirty-eight (38) previous alcohol detoxes documented at this hospital. Thirty-Eight!! I made a choice that evening. I chose to give up on Sandy. She had not only …

Hope for Everyone

A well known actress has “tweeted” her fans to acknowledge she has failed a drug test, thus violating terms of probation. A well known celebrity has made a plea deal to avoid jail or prison time for her recent escapades in Las Vegas. In both these situations, I find hope. The actress, in her tweet, …

No News is often Good News

There have recently been a few celebrity related news items related to the use of drugs (cocaine) and alcohol. Human nature (and paparazzi) dictate the high demand for news about self-destructive behavior. However, we, the public, are less interested when these same celebrities are doing well. Therefore, we don’t hear about it. No news is …

Day of travel

I will be traveling Saturday, first to the Florida area assisting a client going from point A to point B, and onward to the great state of Texas. A client in Texas is making a good choice to curb his chronic alcoholism by getting into a highly reputable rehab program. He has requested an alcohol …