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No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

"Drug-seeking".  "Med-seeking".  They're labels with very negative connotations that are often tossed around quite freely when it comes to medications with the potential for abuse.  They tend to be applied most readily to people take pain medications or psychiatric medications. The notion of people being drug-seeking is heavily laden with judgment and stigma.  After all, … Continue reading No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

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What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study was a landmark research trial conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  The study examined the correlation between adverse experiences in childhood and health outcomes in adulthood, and clearly showed just how profound that connection is. The ACEs study participants were asked to report whether … Continue reading What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study

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Book review: Strong at the Broken Places

Strong at the Broken Places: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness.  Author Richard M. Cohen, who himself has multiple sclerosis, works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take.  … Continue reading Book review: Strong at the Broken Places

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