addiction

Painting a better picture

Art helped a former Los Angeles gang member find God It wasn’t until the beating stopped that 12-year-old Fabian Debora realized he was officially a gang mem...

Unlearning fear

Liz Golden finds it hard to plan for her and her son’s future. The single mother who struggled with addiction wants Geovani, 5, to have a good education, a s...

Paul Swain

“Life was everything I wanted. Houses with ocean views. More licensed cars than licensed drivers. I was making a lot of money. It was just going great. We...

Promoting love behind bars

The United States is No. 1 in a lot of categories, but being first because of the number of people in our prison population is nothing to be proud of. We have 4...

Meth, money and madness

Life was everything I wanted. Houses with ocean views. More licensed cars than licensed drivers. I was making a lot of money. It was just going great. We ...

Retrain the brain

Neurofeedback treatment is helping veterans, recovering addicts and everyone in between find peace from the noise within. On the campus of a homeless shelter...

‘Digital crack’

Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Doan carries an inside-out expertise on video game addiction. At his peak, Dr. Andrew Doan was playing up to 100 hours of video ga...

Shatterproof

Taking on addiction for families By Vivian Gatica - Addiction affects the whole family. That’s what Gary Mendell will tell you. His son, Brian, s...

Remaining true

When Richard did arrive, she told him he could only visit the kids one day a week. Edith said each time he visited she would do a “proof and search” to ensure h...

Habits, compulsions and addictions

There is a direct, potentially progressive relationship between habits, compulsions and addictions that grow more harmful. Here are some definitions with a litt...

Finding home, again

Refugees set themselves apart as survivors, but they are not safe from the holds of addiction. Patrick’s family was strikingly different from other refugee f...

Stop the gambling train

Many envision stopping an addiction as if it only takes a few quick steps, but it is more like stopping a train. Similar to an addiction, a train does not st...

Riding through recovery

While the road to recovery from addiction or trauma is particularly long and bumpy, any road is better traveled on a bicycle. Gearing Up offers women in tran...

Behind the lights

Its glitz and glamour are known the world over. Home to the entertainment industry, studios and stations dot the map below the iconic, white, 45-foot-tall Ho...

A run toward recovery

Misty Paulson runs in the Sand Creek 5K. (Photo by Ron McKinney) Sarah Lewis lived an active lifestyle. An avid runner and soccer player, she couldn’t recall ...

An interview with Jamie Tworkowski

Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story, “To Write Love On Her Arms” about Renee, a friend struggling with a cocaine addiction and self-mutilation. After she was denied ...