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Thera-me: Thankful for Socks

In my work and in my life I am often challenged to think about gratitude and what it means to be grateful. I especially find this challenging when things are not going my way, i.e. I’m running carpool for three different kids and their friends, dinner burns, and the dryer breaks down…you get the picture. In my work has a… Read More

Thera-me: Second Thoughts About UDS (yes, that’s urine screening)

Sure, the subject is a little awkward for most people, but clinically, in substance use treatment, Urine Drug Screening—UDS--is an everyday thing. “Which lab do you use?”  “Did the samples go out today?  “Does this sample need a confirmation?”  Welcome to my world. When it comes up in my work with clients, as in “I peed dirty for my PO,”… Read More

Gary Demetre Josebeck

Gary Demetre Josebeck June 4, 1992 ~ July 4, 2018 (age 26) Gary Demetre Josebeck, 26, the artist, activist and advocate behind Art for Recovery and Transformation passed away on Wednesday July 4, 2018. Gary (or Demetre, as he was known in the art community) lost his battle with the demons of substance abuse. He was kind, passionate and hard working. No matter… Read More

July 4th, Fireworks, Veterans and Coping with War

On the 4th of July we celebrate the birth of our nation. As young as we are, the USA is the longest running continuous democracy around today.   And…it bears repeating: our ideals of liberty and justice for all came at a cost. Many brave Americans gave and continue to give up life and limb and in some cases a full… Read More

Veterans, Fireworks, and PTSD: Newark Star-Ledger Cites VFR CEO Eric Golnick on Controversy

The following article, extensively citing Veterans & First Responders Healthcare (VFR) CEO Eric Golnick, appeared in the Newark Star-Ledger, of Newark, New Jersey, on July 3. It presents an important controversy; we urge our readers to read and comment.  VFR is the sister company of Strive Health and is co-located in all Strive facilities.   The Indiana-based group Military with… Read More

VFR Healthcare and Strive Health Partner with Veterans Administration to Increase Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services for Veterans

Veteran & First Responder Healthcare (VFR), the sister company of Strive, issued this press release today.  A landmark agreement, we are republishing it here. VFR Healthcare (Veteran & First Responder Healthcare), the sister company of Strive Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new partnership to enhance Veterans’ access to substance abuse and mental health… Read More

‘We understand veterans’ issues, because, like you, we have been there.’

The following message was written on Memorial Day, 2018, by Dr. Robert Pyles, Chief Medical Officer of Strive Health and of Veteran & First Responders Healthcare (VFR) .An established leader in the addiction and mental health fields, Dr. Pyles has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the Coalition for Patient Rights...and in Vietnam at… Read More