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Melanie is a 27-year old Southern California native who studied at Pepperdine University. Loving to travel and experience new places and cultures, she spent two years living in the Southern states of Texas and Tennessee before returning to Los Angeles where she began working in the legal industry writing content and managing communication to class members of class action lawsuits. She now is focused on her continued sobriety, and her motto in life is to never take herself too seriously. She is often described by others as an "old soul." She loves music, photography, and makeup artistry and likes to entertain herself with astrology and numerology. She is a Sagittarius and a number 9, and shares her birthday with her beloved late grandmother and her favorite author, C.S. Lewis.

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ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

ADHD and Iron Deficiency in Children

  There are over 6 million children (11% of the child population) in the United States that have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the numbers of diagnoses are continuing to rise.  While the causes of ADHD are not fully understood, it is believed that the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine may play a large role.  Both neurotransmitters contribute to maintaining alertness, increasing focus, and sustaining thought, effort, and motivation (Hunt).  The biosynthesis of norepinephrine requires dopamine, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

A Pain Medication as Potent as Morphine without the Risk of Dependence?

  The need for prescription opiate medication (pain medication), such as morphine, may arise for just about anyone.  For most, it serves it purpose post-surgery or post-injury, but for some it is the start to addiction and dependence, and for others, specifically addicts in recovery, it can be the cause of a terrible period of relapse.  Some addicts in recovery, so afraid of the potential danger in opiate therapy, harrowingly opt to treat severe pain post-surgery … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News, Substance Abuse

The New Market for Moonshine

The New Market for Moonshine

  Moonshine – just the word itself tells a story of real Americana, having post-Revolution beginnings with the earliest of American farmers who, rebelling against newly-enforced liquor taxation, literally liquidated their grain and corn into untaxed flowing profit by producing homemade liquor in backyard distilleries – a time known as the Whiskey Rebellion.  Moonshiners had their hay day a century later when the Prohibition period banned all legal liquor, leaving their illegal trade in high demand.  Yet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News

The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

  Losing a loved one to death is a painful and difficult process, yet losing a loved one to suicide really fits into its own category of bereavement.  Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can attest that the stigma of suicide brings along an extra layer to grieving that only intensifies the difficulties.  I wish I wasn’t saying that survivors of suicides have it harder than the survivors of those who have died … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Mental Illness, Recovery

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

Why I Still Love Drugs, But Love Recovery Even More

  I love drugs.  I didn’t get into the rooms of recovery because I hated drugs.  I got sober for quite the opposite reason: I actually loved them way too much to the point where they ruled (and ruined) everything.  I always find it interesting when I encounter someone in the rooms that has an almost hypocritical disdain for drugs and alcohol, like some sort of newfound AA born-again piety.  You don’t have to hate drugs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

Vivitrol Saved Me from Heroin Addiction

  A little over a year ago, I was desperately fighting an addiction to IV use of heroin. My fate seemed bleak. My family members had accepted the reality that at any moment they could receive “the call” — the call that I had overdosed and was dead. I had already overdosed, while using alone one grimly beautiful summer afternoon, but was found in time by my ex-boyfriend to be resuscitated. Many are not so lucky.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Treatment

Learning the Languages of Love in Recovery

Learning the Languages of Love in Recovery

  Personal relationships, whether with family members or romantic partners, can be some of the most triggering and difficult interactions that people in recovery must deal with. In my own experience, problems in relationships have been one of the largest factors that have preceded my relapses in the past. When a relationship is suffering, we often don’t realize what it is that we need and aren’t getting; we only realize that we aren’t getting what we … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Recovery

A Recovery Not So Black and White

  In these last three months of sobriety, it has been good for me to cuss, tell dirty jokes, dress immodestly, not go to church, and have casual sex. This is all part of my recovery from substance abuse. Here is why. Over the past few years, I have attempted getting sober a few times, but after a few months of it, I would keep relapsing. This time around, having realized that, if nothing changes then—well—nothing changes. I have made the conscious decision to go about sobriety much differently than I have in the past and, so far, it has made a big and positive difference for me. By nature, I am a perfectionist and also have had a strict religious upbringing, and tend to err on the religiously fanatical side of things. In … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

  Eternity is made up of an endless amount of todays.  There is no yesterday or tomorrow… just today.  The terms “just for today” or “one day at a time” may be clichés in AA, but the importance of today is one that I want to dive into.  The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says “we are not cured of alcoholism.  What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Bill W. and LSD: Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip

  If you see the 12-steps as simply means to get sober, or find happiness, you’re going to be disappointed.  Sobriety, obviously, is a vital factor, and happiness is a byproduct, but the purpose of the 12-steps is to bring about a spiritual experience, or awakening, inducing a psychic change pervasive enough that it ultimately works to diminish one’s obsession with self – the ego.  Ego, as I am using it, is to represent that self-centered, selfish, self-worshipping, infantile part of each alcoholic, of each human, that turns his self-importance into spiritually-isolating self-destruction.  In his paper The Ego Factors in Surrender in Alcoholism, Harry Tiebout, M.D. writes, “it is the ego which is the arch-enemy of sobriety, and it is the ego which must be disposed of if the individual is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality