Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Origins of Addictions: the relationship between adverse early childhood adverse experience and substance abuse

Dr Vincent Felitti presented to the National AAP  his work at Kaiser in San Diego with the ACE STUDY to identify  how adverse childhood experiences impacted adult health behaviors.

ACE Neurodevelopmental Pyramic

The Origins of Addiction: Evidence from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

ACE Study Description

Bio for Vincent Felitti, MD


Mother’s Day Campaign for Emotional Health

This campaign is really important to me. I hope that you will give it your attention. Happy Mother’s Day.


Many experts agree that early attachment – the connection between infants and caregivers during the earliest months – is critical to developing healthy emotional relationships throughout life. By creating a strong foundation of security, attachment fosters development and determines the quality of future social relationships. That’s why we’re kicking off a campaign this Mother’s Day to promote early attachment.  The goal of the campaign is to distribute Early Moments Matter, a toolkit created with leading experts to explain the importance and practice of attachment, to all new and expecting parents.

This Mother’s Day, we hope you’ll join us in a movement to give every child the best chance at emotional wellness.  Stay tuned for more information on when these kits will be available to the public – coming soon.


Town Hall on Underage Drinking in Santa Monica



Women’s Workshop of Verbal Abuse

This is the 15th workshop of learning about verbal abuse, survival and recovery  May 22-24 in Northern California.
For more information go to


Mindfulness Meditation for Relapse Prevention

lisadalemillerLearn a new technique for decreasing relapse to process or substance addictions.

Click here to hear to podcast.


ER’s Report Rise in Binge Drinking in Teens

As much as we like to focus on the drama of ecstasy and meth, alcohol continues to be our biggest problem for our teens.

Listen or Read the latest NPR story on increase in teen binge drinking.


Ken Schonlau’s memorial

kenschonlauI am very sad that the world recently lost a great advocate of sober living: KenSchonlau. His memorial service will be held at S.H.A.R.E.! on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm at 5521 Grovesnor Blvd in Los Angeles. For information about the memorial service, you can call 310-305-8878 or go to the S.H.A.R.E.! website.

For more information about his work, please visit the Sober Housing website.


FACES Seminar on Mindfulness Meditation from April 2-4, 2009


There is an upcoming conference in Torry Pines (San Diego) this spring. The conference will explore the application of mindfulness meditation such as simulating effects of marijuana and chronic pain (among other topics).  Learn more about the topics and speakers at: FACE Conference.