Why Doesn’t Your Doctor Know Anything about Addiction?

So here’s the truth. After working in healthcare for twenty-four years, in emergency rooms and psych wards, coupled with my numerous experiences in dealing with alcoholics, I’ve learned a few things: Let’s see, my list covers most bases:  I grew up with alcoholic mom,...

Women & Alcohol: Life in India Becomes More Complicated

Women in India Need Help Too I love tossing around topics and running things by some of the women who read my FB blog to help get a feel for what’s going on in other parts of the world. Not surprising at all is the fact that women and our concerns are much the same...

Trade Review and World News

What’s In the News Another month or so and Raising the Bottom makes its debut! Behind the scenes a lot is going on. My publicists will be in NY for BooKExpo pitching Raising the Bottom and talking to anyone who will listen. She’s a sharp gal and knows her stuff....

Codependency: What’s That?

Codependency—so what is it? Codependency is usually a learned behavior and crops up frequently in families where alcoholism or heavy drinking plays a role, but it can also occur in families not plagued by alcoholism, but perhaps in families who have become entrenched...

Is Our Culture Contaminated With Wine?

I did a podcast not long ago and the question posed was something to the effect of how did I think drinking was becoming more embedded in our culture? For starters, you can’t go anywhere anymore without alcohol being shoved in your face. Want to get your nails done?...

Patience, My Dear. Patience!

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures. – Josiah Gilbert Holland We’ve all heard that saying that patience is a virtue, but how many believe that?...

Desperation Can be a Gift!

Today Can be Your Day of Reckoning! Most women need to feel at least mildly desperate before they are willing to look at their life and make the necessary changes. A hundred forms of unhappiness can ensue, but people will keep on doing what they do and they will...

Femme Fatale or Alcoholic?

You can’t watch Netflix (Mad Men comes to mind), Showtime, or any movie for that matter without being inundated with drinking scenes. Even HGTV has jumped on the bandwagon. Couples looking for their first house, their dream house or maybe a beach house make stupid...