Getting over your addiction problem.

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How I did it in Little Rock, Arkansas By David Palmer The movie musical, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” featuring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell opened worldwide in 1953 and gave Little Rock, Arkansas a boost with the hit song that begins, “We’re just two little girls from Little Rock.” I saw the movie, a delightful romp, while […]

Putting the “neighbor” back in the “hood”

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By David Palmer Put the “neighbor” back in the “hood.” That’s the rallying cry of Dr. Fitzgerald “Fitz” Hill, president of Little Rock’s Arkansas Baptist College. It’s a timely message as we reflect on the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and other communities. Ten years ago, Fitz resigned his collegiate head-coaching job at California’s St. […]

It’s hip to be square

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Pastor Joe Focht, never one to tiptoe around an issue, recently took on alcohol abuse from the podium of his Philadelphia Calvary Chapel church. He is not in favor of it. Here are a few excerpts from a sermon last spring: “Alcoholism is not a disease. It’s an illness. And if it’s an illness why […]

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

By David Palmer I have been reflecting on President Barack Obama’s weak and tardy response to the turmoil and atrocities in the middle east. It took me back 70 years when another liberal president, Franklyn D. Roosevelt, confronted the atrocities of the German Third Reich and the imperial Japanese army without equivocation. Both had committed […]

A smart response to prison overcrowding can restore lives and save billions

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By David Palmer It is ironic that here in the land of the free, America, three million citizens are in prison. That’s roughly one in a hundred at a total cost of about $39 billion a year. The emotional cost is immeasurable. If we are to make any headway in reducing prison populations, we will […]

Robin Williams dies. Why?

By David Palmer Eighty percent of substance abuse problems like alcohol, pot, and prescription drugs are complicated by mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and the like. In these “co-occurring” cases, both the addiction and mental health problems must be treated. We don’t know all the details of Robin Williams’ suicide on […]

Town doctor tackles pain pills

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In the “The Hungry Heart” By David Palmer “The Hungry Heart” produced by Kingdom County Productions is a 90 minute documentary film about how one community, St Albans, VT, is dealing with the devastation of opioid pain pill abuse—hydrocodone, percocet and Oxicontin, for example–among teenagers and young adults. St. Albans is a community of about […]

For the alcoholic in your life, how about an intervention?

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By David Palmer Interventions are a valuable tool in helping alcoholics and other drug addicts get well. And they come in various sizes and shapes. In my own case, a psychiatrist I was seeing in Denver about my acute anxiety realized after a couple of sessions that I was an alcoholic and directed me to […]

Why should I go to Al Anon?

Why should I go to Al Anon? He’s the one with the problem. By David Palmer If you are living with an alcoholic or have anything to do with one, chances are you need help, and Al-Anon meetings are a cheap and, for many, a priceless resource. More than twenty-four thousand of these free, 12-Step […]

Wolfe Street Center to sponsor signing for “Pathways to Serenity,” a new book on recovery

Pathways to Serenity: One Day at a Time by David Palmer

(Little Rock, March 18, 2014)- The Wolfe Street Center will sponsor the introduction of a new book on addiction and recovery by former Wolfe Street chairman, David Palmer, titled “Pathways to Serenity: Overcoming your addictions one day at a time” beginning at 11 a.m. on March 26. Palmer, who was chairman in 1991 and 1992, […]