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Gabapentin Withdrawal: My Story

My gabapentin withdrawal symptoms included vertigo from the moment I woke up until about midday, hot flashes that rivaled menopause, daily migraines, and what I prefer to just call intestinal distress. A funny thing happens when your eyes are wide open for the first time—it’s like a fog lifting. Horror stories abound about the dangers…
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The Truth About Veterans and Medical Marijuana

This was published in Big Buds Magazine. Every year on November 11, in celebrations both large and small, the nation comes together to thank veterans of all wars the United States has participated in. Veterans Day is one of the few instances where we can put our politics and ideology aside to acknowledge the sacrifices these…
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6 Common Misconceptions About Adult Children of Alcoholics

This article was originally published on The Fix. No one doubts that the legacy of alcoholism is toxic. But do we really know as much about the effects alcoholics have on innocent bystanders as we think we do? Like an ill wind sweeping across time, alcoholism inflicts multi-generational damage. It is the gift that keeps…
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Why I Did a Complete 180 About Medical Marijuana

If you knew me when I was growing up, you'd know why it's pretty surprising how I feel about marijuana. It is surprising to many why I did a complete 180 about medical marijuana. When I was 18 years old, I slipped while taking a shower in my apartment in New York City. My lower…
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My Failure at Getting My Mother and Brothers to Quit Drinking

This was originally published on March 6, 2017 on Addiction.com and it is republished with permission. When I was 5 and in the second grade, rather abruptly my mother quit her editing job at The New Yorker so she could stay home and raise my two brothers and me. My father’s career in television was…
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