What makes a Man – Responses to “Toxic Masculinity”

Within the past couple of weeks, the internet, social media, and conversations are divisive on the whole concept of Toxic Masculinity. It appears this initially came out from the American Psychological Association's recent publication: APA Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. To develop awareness, the APA provides A Closer Look at the APA Psychological Practice with Men and Boys.  … Continue reading What makes a Man – Responses to “Toxic Masculinity”

The Mystery of the Unmotivated patient

As a moderately seasoned counselor, one of the frustrating aspects of working with individuals suffering from substance use is the lack of motivation and engagement in their treatment and recovery. I become frustrated because they appear to be unmotivated, and underachieving. In my attempt to work with these individuals I am experiencing some consternation. This … Continue reading The Mystery of the Unmotivated patient

Reason I’ve stopped attending Church

This is a response to a post written by Melanie Redd, entitled: An open letter to my friend who has stopped going to church. The article is inspiring, heartfelt, and encouraging. So, what is the reason to respond to this post? It is not merely the post itself, it is also the comments posted and … Continue reading Reason I’ve stopped attending Church

Possessing the right convictions

In this world so filled with problems, so constantly threatened by dark and evil challenges, you can and must rise above mediocrity, above indifference. You can become involved and speak with a strong voice for that which is right. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley ~ Standing a little taller in our recovery requires our voice. It … Continue reading Possessing the right convictions

Op-Ed: “Society is collapsing” and reflections on addiction

I find this statement, from Russell Brand's interview at BBC, quite interesting - and very relevant with the social climate of our time: "Society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize that the reason they feel like they're mentally ill is that they're living in a system that's not designed to suit the human … Continue reading Op-Ed: “Society is collapsing” and reflections on addiction