Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

Steps every family can take to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic

As someone who has a passion for establishing open communication about the adult issues impacting the lives of youth and families, I want to share a community’s hopeful response to the opioid epidemic which has touched every family and community in some way. Last...
What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations

Executive summary Suffering is a part of the human condition. And families have power to decide what to think about and how to respond to suffering. Brain science tells us that addiction is a form of suffering; it is a pathological relationship to intoxication* making...
How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

How parents can help tech-savvy youth dealing with adult issues

This article features my remarks at the annual meeting of the Raising Placer/Coalition for Rocklin Youth, hosted at 180 Church in Rocklin, May 17, 2018. I am a founding member of Raising Placer, Coalition for Placer Youth and Coalition for Rocklin Youth, and currently...
Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope

Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope

There is something incredibly transformative and resilient about a person who suffers well. The person who seeks to know and do better in response to pain and then help others in their own suffering, brings forth a torch of resilience that can only be nurtured from...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

On Sunday June 11, 60 Minutes aired a very revealing and insightful expose on how cyber tools and applications are designed to efficiently and proficiently engage the intellect and will of people so that they easily become addicted to the device – which then...