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Rebuilding the Trust Factor

Lies. Theft. Manipulation.  How do you trust someone who has embodied not just one of those elements, but all of them?  It’s a question faced by every person asked to trust a loved one struggling with addiction.  When dealing with active addiction, the answer is simple: you don’t.  Addicts have one thing on their minds—their next fix. It is the overriding force in their lives, something over which they have little or...

Refusing to Reflect

I never really imagined one of the blessings/curses of the current pandemic would be time to think. Given our isolation, as well as a 24-hour bad news cycle, it’s hard not to think, unendingly, about the current state of the world and what may lie ahead. It’s almost mandatory reflection, whether you like it or not, and most of us would agree—NOT. Ordinarily, I think of reflection, whether it’s self-reflection or more...