Letter from the Director

2012 was a year that tested us all. From the bipolarity of election year politics to a forced awareness of the treacherousness of sidelining mental illness care as a public health priority. The public has vacillated between facing the distresses of a wounded economy and mournful silver Read More...

Cyber Testing on the Islands for the International Certification Exam

For those of you on the neighbor islands, Hawaii Alcohol and Drug abuse Division of Department of Health is now allowing qualified candidates to test for Certified Substance Abuse Counselor exam at University of Hawaii campuses via computer now. One of my grads will the very first to test on the Big Read More...

Into the New Year

2011 was a year for the books, with much inner growth and endurance as the orders of the day. 2012 shines with promise. A new job, possibly a move to a new home and a new website for Pacific Academy of the Healing Arts. We are planning to construct a website specifically for addictions Read More...

Light in the storm

Last week, I wrote about an old friend being shaken from the welfare tree because he was deemed "not disabled enough" to forgo work. Thursday, I picked my messages to hear the first shade of hope in this man's voice in many months. He was jubilantly announcing that, after six years of Read More...

Monday Monday

It is Monday, October 10th, 2011. It is raining in North Hawai'i and an Australian won the Iron man Triathlon held in Kailua Kona last weekend. Just got a call a from an old friend who has been out of work for over a year and who just learned that his meager welfare benefit is being Read More...