All posts by Marc Treitler

Marc enjoys spending time with his family and their new Yorkie puppy, Coco. He is an executive of a utility company, which keeps him very busy and allows him to travel throughout the country. When Marc isn’t working or on his phone, his hobbies include: embarrassing his wife and kids, convincing his daughter that boys are bad, passing his musical tastes to his son, cleaning-up puppy pee inside the house, and talking politics to anyone that will listen.

Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?

As our society has jumped deep into the world of healthy food over the last decade, it is common for consumers to demand to know all of the nutritional information and ingredients in every bite they consume. At McDonald’s, you can now view the exact calorie count of your various choices. And Starbucks proudly displays loads of “nutritional” information in its stores and on its websites. Continue reading Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?

“Toga! Toga!” Was Bluto Right? No, He’s Dead

The rallying cry of college students for decades has been based in part on the characters in the 1970s movie Animal House, which takes place in a fictional fraternity house in Oregon.  Amongst the most idolized characters was Bluto, the partying, class-skipping, whiskey-chugging, peeping Tom character immortalized by John Belushi. Continue reading “Toga! Toga!” Was Bluto Right? No, He’s Dead

5 Warning Signs You’re Married to an Alcoholic

“In sickness and in health” is how most of us agreed to wed our significant other.  But what if you don’t know when your spouse is in poor health?  What if you don’t know your spouse is really an alcoholic? What should you do, how can you help and how can you tell? Continue reading 5 Warning Signs You’re Married to an Alcoholic

For Children of Alcoholics, Knowledge Is Power

Unless you live on a private, remote island, you know someone affected by alcoholism. Our country is riddled with alcoholics — from those living on the streets to those flying commercial aircrafts. And in most of these cases, an innocent victim is the child of the alcoholic. Studies estimate that over 11,000,000 children in the United States currently live with one or more alcoholic parents. Continue reading For Children of Alcoholics, Knowledge Is Power

Resources for Parents Worried About Family Alcoholism

Moms and dads out there: Are you worried about the genetic dangers of your spouse’s alcoholism on your children?  Are you too busy trying to deal with your alcoholic spouse to properly attend to and educate your children?  Well, there is good news and bad news for you. Continue reading Resources for Parents Worried About Family Alcoholism

College and Drinking Aren’t Always a Perfect Match

Many of us in our society associate college with the freedom and joys of drinking. Images of the drunken and naive college students have been broadcasted for decades on TV, movies and social media. I mean, who doesn’t remember the shenanigans of John Belushi on Animal House or the Will Farrell running naked through the streets in Old School? In these fictitious movies, the individuals almost always end up safe and none the worse for the wear. Continue reading College and Drinking Aren’t Always a Perfect Match

Kids, Do You Have an Addicted Parent? You Are NOT Alone

Is one or more of your parents an active alcoholic or drug addict?  Do you feel like none of your friends or peers are going through what you are? Do you feel like you have no one to talk to? Continue reading Kids, Do You Have an Addicted Parent? You Are NOT Alone

Peanut Allergies Set the Standard the Addiction Community Must Follow

Everyone knows a child with a peanut allergy. These children are protected from peanut exposure at school, on playdates, at team sporting events, at home and even on airplanes. Adults with young children cannot go a week without being notified of a classmate or playmate with a peanut allergy. Handouts at school, announcements on airplanes and disclaimers on birthday party invitations have become the norm. Continue reading Peanut Allergies Set the Standard the Addiction Community Must Follow

Hey, Kids: Half the People on this Planet Never Drink Alcohol

One of the most common excuses for underage alcohol abuse is that “everyone drinks” — classmates, family members and friends. Whether these thoughts come in the form of peer pressure or just an excuse for behavior, it is important for kids to know that almost half of the world’s population never drinks alcohol, according to the World Health Organization. Continue reading Hey, Kids: Half the People on this Planet Never Drink Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-anon and Alateen: What About the Kids?

Some amazing organizations have developed in the last 100 years in the U.S. that have transformed the lives of millions.

For example, Alcoholics Anonymous has helped tens of millions of adults conquer their disease since 1935.  Prior to that time, alcoholism was seen as a death sentence. Continue reading Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-anon and Alateen: What About the Kids?