For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.

Karen in Addiction
September 22, 2020

Why Do They Lie? How Drug Addiction Alters the Truth

People who are addicted to drugs lie for a number of reasons. Some want to hide the truth from their loved ones to protect them, others hide in shame.


Karen in Drug Rehabilitation
August 6, 2020

Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Makes NOW the Perfect Time to Get Sober

It's NEVER a good time to be addicted. But the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic ups the stakes considerably. If ever there was a time to reach out to a loved one—or reach out yourself—for sobriety, it's right now.


Karen in Alcohol
August 4, 2020

A Focus on Alcohol and COVID-19: Is There a Connection?

As countries around the world impose quarantines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, alcohol appears to be a complicating factor. Because so many confusing ideas are swirling through our news reports and social media, it's important to focus on the facts about alcohol and COVID-19.


Karen in Alcohol Abuse
August 4, 2020

Alcohol: The Great Equalizer

Alcohol can rob anyone of any description of their happiness, their health, prosperity and even their reason for living. The very kindest thing that can be done for a person losing everything to their dependence on alcohol is a firm insistence on recovery.


Karen in Marijuana
July 28, 2020

Vaping, Your Lungs and Coronavirus

Some people consider that vaping is safer and healthier than smoking cigarettes or joints. But is it really healthier when it comes fighting off respiratory infections?


Karen in Sobriety
July 15, 2020

Dealing with COVID-19 Anxiety While Protecting Your Sobriety

It’s possible to become so anxious about our current situation that you forget all the ways it’s possible to rise above the anxiety and feel good about your life. We offer some positive suggestions.


Karen in Drug Addiction
July 9, 2020

Why Does a Person Start Using Drugs? Why Do They Continue?

What's the real reason people start using drugs, then keep taking them? We asked people who had become trapped in addiction and then found their way out.


Arizona Bears Brunt of New Cartel Push of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine

One of the most constant elements in the struggle to eliminate illicit drugs from American cities is the constant ability of drug trafficking organizations to change. They change the drugs they manufacture and traffic.


Karen in Health risks
June 24, 2020

Want Robust Health and Improved Resistance to Disease? Stop These Unhealthy Habits

It's not that difficult to improve one's immunity to disease. There are some bad habits to get rid of and some healthy habits to start. If you've been concerned about the possibility of illness, it might be time to start looking at how to boost your own immune system.


Karen in Sobriety
June 18, 2020

Can’t Go Out and Party? 12 Ways to Create a Virtual Social Life that May Be Just as Good as Your Old One

The 2020 social environment definitely presents us with unique challenges. With some ingenuity, it's possible to use all the communication tools at our disposal to create a new social life that might be just as good as the one you experienced in 2019.