Sober for the Rest of My Life.

When I got to Narconon Ojai I was at an all time low. I know with complete certainty that I am going to make it and I’m going to be sober the rest of my life. Thank you for believing in my and pushing me when I wanted to give up.


Sue Birkenshaw in Marijuana
July 7, 2017

Do We Want to Become “Cannafornia”?

The signs that California has been inundated with marijuana businesses have been there for years. With legalization we can expect even more impact and need for treatment of those who become addicted.


Sue Birkenshaw in Life Skills
February 12, 2017

Life Skills: Easing a Person’s Return to a Sober Life

Lack of skills to deal with life situations often leads a person to alcohol or drug use. A return to a productive and sober life requires building those life skills that were missing before.


Sue Birkenshaw in Alcohol Abuse
February 10, 2017

Why Every Parent Sending a Kid Off to College Should Read this Book First

The accounting from a former college student reveils the true story of alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses.


Sue Birkenshaw in Addiction recovery
February 9, 2017

Three Ways to Save an Addicted Person’s Life

Three important things you can do to save a person from fatal drug overdose and get them on the path to recovery.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Abuse
February 2, 2017

Drug Myths that Can Definitely Go in the Trash—Part 2

More of the myths about drugs and abuse, peer pressure, heroin and rehab.


Sue Birkenshaw in Addiction recovery
January 2, 2017

The Delusion that Drugs or Alcohol Made Me a Better Artist

Somehow a lot of artists think they have to be high or drunk to access a higher level of creativity. But it became very clear to me drugs and alcohol take it away.


Sue Birkenshaw in Addiction recovery
November 23, 2016

So You’re “In Recovery” – But What IS it?

One of the subjects covered in a recent U.S. Surgeon General report is the nature of recovery itself. Does it mean different things to different people or is there a consensus?


Sue Birkenshaw in Addiction recovery
November 13, 2016

The Dual Diagnosis Dilemma

What may appear to be a mental disorder can often just be a symptom of drug or alcohol withdrawal. Once through withdrawal, symptoms such as depression and anxiety are often eliminated.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Rehab
December 10, 2015

Holiday Wish for Families of an Addict

For most people, the holidays are a time for getting together with friends and family, for exchanging gifts and setting beautiful tables groaning with good food. For those families with an addicted loved one, holidays can be pure torture.