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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001:
I wrote this article the night of the bombings. It is simply an
expression of my hope that we can find some good out of the horrible
events of that day. On the former layout of this site, this article led
off the index page.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2004:
It is now three years later and here I share some thoughts on the WTC
and supporting our troops.
BENEFITS AND DETRIMENTS
OF THE SAT:
Most of my work has been with adolescent substance
abusers, but I have also worked with gifted children. Like them and
most other people who have attended 4-year colleges, I focused the
better part of a year working towards my three attempts to add just a
few more points to a test that, to be honest, is quite unclear as to
what it measures. Success would mean a hope
at a great life, failure might mean homelessness--at least in my
anxiety-riddled mind. I got into a good school that nobody has ever
heard of, and I work alongside
many who didn't. And in the end, I don't think the SAT made that much a
in my life.
FRIEND LOST TO HEROIN ADDICTION
: Many addictions counselors come
from a past of addiction themselves. They straighten their lives out,
then decide to use their first-hand experience as a tool to help
others. However, addictions counseling is a stressful field, and it is
not altogether uncommon for a counselor in recovery to relapse. Dave
was my closest friend in college, a 41-year old former heroin addict
who was also training to be a counselor, but who found the pressures of
college and life to be too great, with fatal results.
JUICED: WILD TIMES,
RAMPANT 'ROIDS, SMASH HITS, AND HOW BASEBALL GOT BIG:
A review of
Jose Canseco's 2005 book on baseball and steroid use, originally
published in my baseball column, Caffeinated Confines.
They've opened a methadone clinic in my neighborhood,
many are panicking. I'm not. I used to live three blocks from one and
homeless addicts staying in my back yard without my permission. I had
reason to panic. But is all the panic due to unreasonable policies
methadone treatment? I believe so, and here look into that, as well as
ways we can and cannot treat heroin addiction in response to these
SOCIAL WORK AS A
: This is an examination into some of the perils and
pitfalls that one looks forward to when one becomes a counselor or
social worker. Burnout, budget cuts, job insecurity, and low pay are
only part of the fun. Seriously, it is not all gloom and doom, but it
does take a certain type of person to want to do it, and here I look
into what type of person that is, using the Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator. I, by the way, fit the counselor profile perfectly--INFP,
with extreme scores on all subsets.
: I was once told by someone who ran a mental
institution that most of her patients had some history of amphetamine
abuse. Most schizophrenics I have come across in my life are heavy
smokers and coffee drinkers, and
they usually pick up the strongest cigarettes and drink the strongest
In schizophrenia, the mind seems to be on constant overdrive and the
medication used to control it is aimed at slowing down the whole
process. So why, then, would it seem that people who need to have their
minds slowed and calmed
down turn to substances that are designed to speed things back up and
worsen their symptoms?
TERROR IN OUR SCHOOLS
I know, the title is a bit melodramatic, sounding like an Eyewitness
News Expose. This is the first school violence paper I wrote, and the
forerunner to the Columbine Project.
: What really bothers me about this paper is that
the very effective treatments are out there, but that few who need them
can currently use them because they cannot afford them.
: In 1987, Melody Beattie wrote Codependent No
, and five years later,
Jann Mitchell followed it up with the wonderful parody Codependent
Codependency was doomed as pop psychology almost from the
beginning, and this paper was an attempt to see if there really is
anything to this "disease"
that it seems everyone who has ever known an alcoholic seems to suffer
The short answer: Yes there is, and it is nowhere near as common as it
portrayed to be.