Ben Patrick Johnson

February 3, 2019 “Transformation is achieved through suffering alone.” - Buddha “Only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength.” - Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (Alcoholics Anonymous) Since I was a kid, I’ve been treated for what used to be called dysthymia, and is now know as [...]

By |2019-02-05T21:23:29-08:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Addiction|6 Comments

The Blatant Flooding of Pain Killers to West Virginia

  Prescription Painkillers word cloud with white background   Last week the West Virginia newspaper Charleston-Gazette Mail published an article on their investigation into the 1,728 West Virginians who have died from overdoses from hydrocodone and oxycodone. The report found that in the six-year period of time when these overdoses occurred drug companies [...]

By |2017-01-03T13:10:28-08:00January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Addiction|0 Comments

Does American Culture Encourage the Use of Drugs and Alcohol? by Rose Lockinger

America’s history with alcohol and drugs has been a complicated one. We are one of only a handful of Western countries that has at one pointed banned liquor and when compared with other parts of the world our drug laws seem arcane. Yet we also have a culture that is all but centered on the [...]

By |2016-10-13T10:00:18-07:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Joseph McBride

Tennessee Williams said a writer should never be embarrassed. That great playwright’s nakedly honest writing is filled with painful truths about human nature, drawn from his own experiences, observations, and relentless self-scrutiny. I took his words as inspiration during the many difficult times in writing my recently published memoir The Broken Places. Once I made [...]

By |2016-06-28T11:27:03-07:00June 28th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rose Lockinger

I struggled with an all or nothing mentality for a long time starting in my teens. I was either obsessed with something or had no interest in it whatsoever. I was was either happy or sad. I had no middle ground. The line that separated these ideas was thin leaving little room for the gray [...]

By |2016-06-23T08:33:33-07:00June 24th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Amanda Hughes

Fighting the Deluge I have told my story more times than I care to count. It is a staple of rehab: you start at childhood and narrate through your addiction. You tell the sordid story of your suffering until you reach the heartwarming conclusion where everyone hears what you learned and how you are all [...]

By |2016-06-19T07:20:55-07:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments