Nutrition in the Caribbean: Addressing Public Health Challenges

March 13, 2024

The Caribbean region is facing a pressing issue concerning nutrition. The intersection of traditional culinary practices and modern dietary trends has resulted in a nutrition landscape characterized by rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases. Fueled by various factors, such as changing lifestyles, increased urbanization, and the pervasive influence of global food markets; […]

The Intersection of Domestic Violence, Women, and Mental Health and Developing Effective Strategies to Address in the Caribbean

March 13, 2024

Domestic violence has long been a pervasive issue in the Caribbean, affecting individuals, families, and communities. The consequences of domestic violence are far-reaching, including physical and psychological harm, negative impacts on children, and perpetuation of cycles of violence. Addressing this issue is crucial for the well-being and development of the Caribbean society. Culture plays a […]

Shedding Light on Substance Use Disorders in the Caribbean

March 13, 2024

The tropical beauty of the Caribbean region masks a less visible, but increasingly prevalent, issue that requires urgent attention – substance use disorders. Unfortunately, the crystal-clear waters and picture-perfect beaches of the Caribbean region are not immune to the challenges posed by substance misuse. This article aims to shed light on substance use disorders in […]

Addressing Mental Health Medication Shortages in the Caribbean: Strategies to Ensure Access and Support

March 13, 2024

The Caribbean region is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. However, behind this idyllic facade lies a pressing issue that demands immediate attention – mental health medication shortages. Despite the growing recognition of mental health problems in the Caribbean, there is a significant lack of access to essential medications needed to […]

New Year, New You

January 5, 2019

It seemed like going into New Year’s Eve, I always said I wasn’t going to get out of control. And that starting first of the year, I would cut back. That never happened. The night would progress, so would the drinking, drugs, and bad decisions. The next morning was full of regret and disgust. The […]

Never Ask for Directions

October 31, 2018

Act like a man Be a man Man up Men don’t ask for directions Men don’t use instruction manuals From the start, little boys are taught to be tough. They hear things like “act like a man” or “man up”. And we all know that real men don’t need to ask for directions when they’re […]

But How am I Going to do THAT Sober?

August 1, 2018

I am tired of living this way. I don’t want to live like this anymore. I don’t know how to make a change. I am very confused about a lot of things, but the one thing I do know is that life will certainly be boring if I don’t drink or do drugs. That’s the […]

Expunction

July 17, 2018

Fresh Start Fresh Start. What an intriguing concept. Why would someone in recovery like me care about the idea of a fresh start? The answer is simple: being in recovery often leads to a desire for a new beginning. One of the consequences of addiction is a nonviolent criminal record. Having a criminal background poses […]

A Letter from Above

December 20, 2017

I am dead. I died from addiction. It is a horrible disease. The pain caused from addiction takes so many forms. I suffered. I don’t believe my parents or brother ever understood the suffering I endured as an addict. In fact, my brother for the longest of time,thought I was just stupid. For my parents […]

Substance Use and The Legal System

November 4, 2017

You are facing the challenges of a substance use disorder. It’s important to recognize that these are diseases, not indications of criminal behavior or moral shortcomings. Unfortunately, the current response from the criminal justice system in the United States often fails to address this reality. Many attorneys and judges lack understanding of substance use disorders, […]

Opioids…The New Boogeyman

August 21, 2017

Opioids. The word has come to denote the new bogeyman of the 21st century. Just as zombies exploded on the scene in Americana in the 1990’s, opioids are just as horrific today. The difference was the blood-sucking zombies were fictional and a source of great narrative, while opioids are the very real life draining epidemic […]

Andy Gallatin’s Solo Paddle

March 28, 2017

The United States is in the midst of an overdose epidemic: more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year – a rate that has tripled over the last 20 years! Alcoholism is responsible for 10% of all deaths in adults ages 20-64.  The impact of addiction and alcoholism is devastating to not only the […]