Acknowledgment: April is the Cruelest Month

Contrary to popular belief, suicide rates do not peak at Christmas time. Here in Western New York, as elsewhere, they peak in April. So does all kinds of psychiatric hospitalization, depression and relapses of addiction. Why is this so, when hopes of Spring abound? Maybe the contrast between the inner weather and the outer weatherContinue reading “Acknowledgment: April is the Cruelest Month”

What is Madness?

Someone asked why the name of this blog is Madness 101. Shouldn’t I call it Mental Illness 101? Isn’t mental illness the proper, politically correct term? It is, but it’s not really mental illness that I’m writing about. I’m writing about the related subject of madness. Illness is something that happens to you beyond yourContinue reading “What is Madness?”

The Shrink’s Links: Secular Organizations for Sobriety

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. If you like the idea of a self help group to assist you in your recovery from chemical use, but think AA and it’s kin talk about God too much, there is another choice: Secular Organizations for Sobriety, otherwise known as SaveOurSelves. It’s AA without theContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Secular Organizations for Sobriety”

The Shrink’s Links: The Night of the Gun

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. Cultural commentator, David Carr, of the New York Times, died recently. He was a recovering cocaine addict. Fourteen years after he stopped using, he decided to write a book about his addiction. Being the journalist he was, he did not write it the usual way, asContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: The Night of the Gun”

Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 21: You can’t stop cravings from knocking at the door, but you don’t have to answer

You could stop using whatever it is that is destroying you and you will still think about it from time to time. You’ll have dreams of using. A beer truck might roll by and you’ll feel thirsty. That old life will seem good every now and then. You could have some very good reasons toContinue reading “Some Things You May Not Know About Substance Abuse, Part 21: You can’t stop cravings from knocking at the door, but you don’t have to answer”

The Shrink’s Links: Mary Gauthier

Bringing you the best of mental health every week. I went to hear Mary Gauthier in a concert a few weeks ago. From an earlier life of abandonment, addiction, and despair, she harvested songs that say it all. She’s one of the good ones, the type who, even though she may have let go ofContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: Mary Gauthier”

The Shrink’s Links: In the Rooms

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: In the Rooms Can’t get to an AA meeting, or NA or GA, or any of the other varieties of self help groups/ Experience strength and hope is right at your fingertips. Join In the RoomsContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: In the Rooms”

The Shrink’s Links: AA

Bringing you the best of mental health and relationship articles on the internet. Today’s link from the shrink is: Alcoholics Annonymous I wouldn’t be much of a substance abuse counselor if I didn’t leave a link for the great grand daddy of all self help groups, now would I? Click here to go to theContinue reading “The Shrink’s Links: AA”

Announcement: Impaired Driver Assessments

It’s official. I’m now recognized by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as an Impaired Driving Offender Clinical Screening and Assessment Provider. Please read that sentence carefully before jumping to any conclusions. No, I was not convicted of drunk driving. But, if you have been, or if you areContinue reading “Announcement: Impaired Driver Assessments”

Favorite Quotes: Life is a Journey

Birth is a beginning and death a destination; But life is a journey. A going, a growing from stage to stage: From childhood to maturity and youth to old age. From innocence to awareness and ignorance to knowing; From foolishness to discretion and then perhaps, to wisdom. From weakness to strength or strength to weaknessContinue reading “Favorite Quotes: Life is a Journey”