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.

Why 11 Million Children of Alcoholics Are Not Alone

To all of you teens, preteens or younger kids living with one or more parents that is an alcoholic — you are not alone. Over 11 million children in the United States currently live with an alcoholic parent. Continue reading Why 11 Million Children of Alcoholics Are Not Alone

How to Avoid/Break the Family Addiction Cycle

Science has proven that kids with addiction in their genes have a much higher chance of becoming an addict than other children.  And historically, those children are raised as all other children, without preparing them for their increased risk. Continue reading How to Avoid/Break the Family Addiction Cycle

War on Women? Forget Politics, the Real Villain is Alcohol

Now we all have heard from Hillary, Trump, and dozens of other politicians in the last few weeks about a real or imagined war on women, but what no one mentioned was that one of the most popular pastimes in the United States can have much more serious consequences for women than men — a real war on women.  I am talking about drinking alcohol — even in moderate amounts. Continue reading War on Women? Forget Politics, the Real Villain is Alcohol

Powerful Show on the Current Heroin Epidemic

I just watched an episode of HBO’s Vice that powerfully and brutally shows the depth of heroin in an American town. In 20 minutes, you can understand the horror of this disease.

Click to watch: “Heroin Crisis and New Age of Nukes”

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at www.potatoallergy.com. You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

2016 Presidential Candidate Scorecards on Addiction

Well, if you were patient enough to listen to over two hours of acceptance speeches from 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last week, you probably don’t remember a big focus on the nation’s addiction/heroin epidemic. Continue reading 2016 Presidential Candidate Scorecards on Addiction

The Dangerous Effects of Meth: What Every Parent Needs to Know

While addiction to almost any drug or alcohol can cause changes to the wiring in the brain, some drugs can cause extended damage, which makes recovery itself more difficult. Methamphetamines are one such drug. Continue reading The Dangerous Effects of Meth: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Dysfunctional DC is Not the Answer to the Heroin Epidemic

As suspected, President Obama’s proposal to allocate $1.1 billion to the treatment of opioid addiction did not make it into the bill that Congress passed earlier this month. Instead, the bill only provided $181 million dollars (and even at that the money is not appropriated to specific programs). Continue reading Dysfunctional DC is Not the Answer to the Heroin Epidemic

Why the 2016 Heroin Epidemic is Something You and Your Family Should Worry About

If you have children of any age, you need to be aware of the heroin epidemic affecting our country in 2016.  This is especially true if you have addiction in your family history.  This issue is increasing rapidly and something needs to be done to stop the epidemic. Continue reading Why the 2016 Heroin Epidemic is Something You and Your Family Should Worry About