Ascending Out of the Hell of Heroin Addiction

Overdose Death

I want to share with you a remarkable music video by very talented musician Rick Hale, titled Descending, about his younger brother’s struggle with heroin addiction.  Make sure you watch it to the end as his brother Ryan makes a courageous appearance, putting his life in the public eye in hopes that his story may motivate… [Continue Reading]

Reducing the Risk of Drinking and Driving

image of oregon state with drinking driving stats

This past Friday I was honored to be a presenter at the 2015 Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference. Unfortunately, due to a nasty cold, I was only able to muster the energy for one session instead of my planned two, which was a bummer. The talk, despite my low energy, was important to… [Continue Reading]

Why You Should Know About Implementation Science

implementation science joyce showers chart

Years ago I attended a conference where I first learned of the work of Dean Fixsen and heard the phrase implementation science. What I most remember about his presentation is a PowerPoint slide he showed that to this day continues to haunt me: The table is taken from Joyce and Showers (2002) where the authors… [Continue Reading]

American Sniper the Movie, PTSD & Addiction

american sniper the movie

I saw American Sniper yesterday and like many, was emotionally stirred by Clint Eastwood’s depiction of the life of Chris Kyle.    Had I not seen The Hurt Locker (2008) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), watching the graphic deaths of women and children in war would have been even more horrific. Sadly, if movies have… [Continue Reading]