A newspaper embraces homeless stigma - drawing of a homeless man sitting on cardboard
Stop the Stigma

Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

drawing of a ho Last year I wrote about a police wellness check gone wrong, in which a young woman was dragged half-naked in handcuffs through her building by a police officer, While the woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, a story about the matter in the Kelowna Daily Courier used the word… Continue reading Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

book cover: Bottled Memories by David Ritter
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Bottled Memories

Bottled Memories by David Ritter is a short book (40 pages) of poetry capturing both active addiction and the process of recovery. While the poems relate to his own experiences, there are themes many others will relate to, including the lure of "one more," "praying to the porcelain throne," and doing the walk of shame.… Continue reading Book Review: Bottled Memories

Book cover: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Maté offers powerful insights into the vulnerable, human side of addiction. It draws on his encounters with patients while working as a staff physician at the Portland Hotel, an ultra-low barrier supported housing building in Vancouver's downtown eastside, Canada's poorest postal code. Ultra-low barrier housing like… Continue reading Book Review: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… an Addictive Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is addictive personality. The concept of an addictive personality, although often referred to in pop psychology, is actually less of a thing than you might think. For there to be an addictive personality, that would suggest that there… Continue reading What Is… an Addictive Personality

book cover: Porn and the Pandemic by Joshua Shea
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

Porn and the Pandemic is written by Joshua Shea, a pornography addiction educator and advocate and an addict in recovery. It's part of a series of short books by publisher MSI Press covering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This book was written in less than 3 weeks in May 2020 to capture the impact… Continue reading Book Review: Porn and the Pandemic

book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos is by Samantha Steiner, who you may know from her blog My Bipolar Mind.  This is her second book, and both are memoirs in the form of compiled blog posts.  This book is based on 2018, and is laid out in chronological order. The book covers Samantha's struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos

The Wounded Healer Series from Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features

Wounded Healer Interview: Wrae Sanders

The wounded healer interview series features people who've dealt with significant mental health challenges, and who also work in a helping role to support the mental health of others. This interview is with Wrae Sanders of One Blog, One Day at a Time. 1) Tell us a bit about you, the helping field you’re in,… Continue reading Wounded Healer Interview: Wrae Sanders

The emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
MH@H Community Features

Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through MH)

This post is by Lisa of Living in Health. Love, Hope, and Kindness Today I am writing in the emerging blogger to introduce you all to me. My name is Lisa. I do have a website that you can follow me at Living in Health. I have suffered with Mental Health for a lot of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa (Steering Through MH)

Naltrexone: what it's approved for and what it has some evidence of benefit for
Mental Illness Treatment

Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Naltrexone (brand names include Vivitrol and ReVia) blocks opioid receptors just like Narcan (naloxone), which is used to treat opioid overdoses. Both drugs prevent any opioids in the vicinity From being able to latch onto opioid receptors and do their opioid thing. While Narcan and fast- and short-acting, naloxone works more slowly and is longer-acting.  It's available… Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Should people be forced to attend AA? - image of AA logo
MH@H Mental Health

Should People with Addictions Be Forced to Attend AA?

A nurse that I used to work with developed an addiction a number of years back.  When it came out, in order to have any hope of getting his job and his nursing license back, he was required to see an addictions specialist and adhere to the treatment plan that was set out.  One of… Continue reading Should People with Addictions Be Forced to Attend AA?