The Share | 12.2015

Family Affair December is a month for family gatherings during the holiday season. We asked a list of local folks with different lengths of recovery time how their sobriety affected their relationship with their families.   Beyond Happy “My family is ecstatic that I’m sober. They love everything about it. It was not the best relationship…

Breaking The Pattern

Chris Thomas, MS, MFTI, a Primary Therapist at Foundations Recovery Network, on struggling with secrets and effective patient-centered care. Foundations Recovery Network’s (FRN) state-of-the-art residential treatment facilities across the country are dedicated to treating both addiction and mental health conditions. With residential and outpatient treatment centers in Palm Springs, Santa Monica, San Diego and San…

Integrated Healthcare

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides high quality, personalized, affordable behavioral healthcare and addiction treatment services in Los Angeles. BY MARK ARIEL Tarzana Treatment Centers (TTC) is a full-service, non-profit, community-based behavioral healthcare organization that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to adults and youth. TTC operates a psychiatric hospital, residential and outpatient alcohol and drug…

Lonely Heart

Finding a home in mindfulness—one gay man’s story of addiction and liberation. BY SCOTT KILOBY The smell and taste of a man’s mouth is worth a thousand words. In my post-college, pre-Grindr addiction to sex with strangers, one kiss or even one whiff of breath hovering in the anonymous air as we excitedly twisted our…

The Gray Myth of Meth

Attorney Jeffrey Erdman, Mr. Christopher Street West Leather 2016, on crystal meth consumption among older adults.  BY JEFFREY ERDMAN  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN When you think of people who use crystal meth, do you think of silver haired daddies? Probably not. And, until a few years ago, neither did I. I came to Los…

Recovery Rocks

La Fuente celebrates 10 years, WeHo sponsors community pop up featuring substance use treatment services, “Recovery Rocks” at LA Boulder benefiting The McIntyre House. BY VICTOR MELAMED In recognition of National Recovery Month, join La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center in celebrating 10 years of providing people with the tools they need to rebuild their lives…

Work In Progress

No “before and after” epiphany turns dung into roses. That is the hidden story, the hard work of recovery. BY JOHN RENALDO Many of us who’ve never struggled with addictions have a sort of fantasy about how someone recovers from alcoholism and drug addiction: you “hit bottom,” and then “you have an epiphany,” and then…