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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 is… Codependency

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term: Codependency We hear about codependency often, particularly in relation to addiction.  What does it actually mean, though?  GoodTherapy's website says: "Codependency involves sacrificing one’s personal needs to try to meet the needs of others. Someone who is codependent has … Continue reading What is… Codependency

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So, what is the opioid epidemic?

I recently watched Heroin(e), a Netflix-produced documentary that follows three women (a fire chief, a drug court judge, and an outreach ministry worker) combatting the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia, the "overdose capital of America". The outreach worker with the Brown Bag Ministry initially anticipated that she would be providing food and the words … Continue reading So, what is the opioid epidemic?

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TED Talks on mental health stigma

Lately I've been sharing some of the TED Talks that I've found particularly informative and inspiring.  In this post, I'm focusing on talks that challenge the stigma related to mental illness.     Sangu Delle: There's No Shame In Taking Care of Your Mental Health https://embed.ted.com/talks/sangu_delle_there_s_no_shame_in_taking_care_of_your_mental_health Sangu Delle speaks about the stigma of being an … Continue reading TED Talks on mental health stigma

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