Posts in category "Addiction"

It's Been Over 24 Hours, And I'm Still Sad About Robin Williams

Monday night, I wrote a piece about the unexpected suicide committed by Robin Williams. I first learned of his death when a reporter called Second City asking if anyone there had ever worked with him or had a story to share. I was dumbfounded. I knew that Robin had been struggling with his addiction in... Read more »

Mental Health Awareness Month In The Month Of Yam*

So they tell me it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. I guess last month was Alcohol Awareness Month. Ooookkkkkkaaaay. So, this blog is supposed to be me, advocating for people who suffer from or struggle with mental illness and addiction issues. This should be RIIIIGHT up my alley, yeah? I don’t know. First of all, I’ve... Read more »

Letting Go Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Alas. From the first post I saw on Facebook, I knew this would be a day of tributes and Tweets. People reminiscing about their favorite movies and lamenting the loss of an amazing actor. There’d be speculation concerning the details of death and the circumstances surrounding his mental state, but I wondered how many people... Read more »

Dear G: I'm Terrified For You

This is written in conjunction with my fellow bloggers at Chicago Now, who are all ruminating on blog posts written in the span of an hour’s time (9 p.m. – 10 p.m.) on the topic of giving “advice to a person, place or thing.” The funny thing is, I’m psychic. I have always had intuitions... Read more »

So Who The Hell is Vodka Samm?

You learn new things every day.  Some are interesting, like the fact that mini turtles carry salmonella. Some of them are cool, like a bunch of cool clitoris facts. And some of them are concurrently disturbing and irritating and mindblowing. Like the fact that a person named Vodka Samm exists. (1) (2) Honestly, I only... Read more »

The Good, The Bad and The Smoking

So, I’m smoking for the month of August. Yes, it sounds preposterous. If you’ve ever been addicted to cigarettes, you are thinking, “Really? Just August? How do you think you’re going to manage that?” And that is a super fair question, given that I’ve heard countless times that cigarettes are more addictive than heroin.  I... Read more »