The Insanity of a Family Disease

During my twenty-five year career in substance abuse treatment, I’ve frequently heard family members (and clients) insist that "Alcohol isn't his/her/my problem - drugs are!" and "Alcoholism isn't his/her/my problem - addiction is!" as if the same principles of recovery from chemical dependency don't apply to any dysfunctional situation where alcohol either isn't present or isn't present enough to be identified as the primary drug-of-choice.

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Addiction’s Emotional Arsenal: How My Son Used Our Love Against Us

By: Susan Collins, mother of Transformations alumnus

My son was born on March 31, 1988. He was a beautiful baby boy, peaches and cream with reddish blond hair. For the first year of his life he was all sunshine.  When you would go to get him in t

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Alumni Spotlight

Transformations Alumni Spotlight: Joey Rafferty

Sgt. Joseph F. Rafferty III resigned from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office after serving 25 years on the force. Besides his duties as a Sergeant in charge of warrants and internal affairs, he was also a SWAT negotiator and involved in the counter-

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Drug Overdoses and the Good Samaritan Act

In 2016, over 64,000 Americans lost their lives due to a drug overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the highest increase was among synthetic opioids, with over 20,000 deaths attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl a

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Building Bridges: TPAS and Beyond

“As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls.” – Chief Justice Sonya Sotomayor

With over two years of work experien

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A Mother’s Story: Getting My Son into Treatment

On October 31st, my son celebrated one year of sobriety! What better way to put it? It’s a celebration, one of which I prayed many nights to happen. Through the much needed support, guidance and trust of Josh Gamaitoni (former Client Services Rep),

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Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction

Nationwide, the Illinois Department of Corrections has one of the highest inmate populations in the United States. The Illinois’ prison population, designed for a maximum capacity of 32,000 inmates, is now at an all-time high of close to 50,000.

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What Does Self-Worth Mean to You?

To: Tamara Evans 
From: Self-worth
Cc: Love, relationships, God
Subject: Where you been
Tam-Tam,
Hey again, it’s your old, old friend self-worth. I know we’re not very familiar with one another because it’s been a long time since we’ve

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The Tale of the Deadly Sweet Tooth

Imagine a world where sugar is outlawed. Fruits, veggies, pastas, poultry and seafood rule the land. 

Only sugar junkies, sweet treat fiends and cake addicts do sugar. They live in dark dingy alley ways near dumpsters, some live in those nasty “s

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Alcohol Addiction: I Would Never Pretend to be Okay Again

By: Michael Kellerman, Transformations alumnus

There she laid… her strawberry blonde hair crusty and tinged with a dark red, like the chain of a bicycle that has rusted from being left out in the rain. Jaimee is her name. Beautiful, intelligent,

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