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?
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Doctor Getting … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober
We're all familiar, at least to some extent, with the sex trade. If nothing else, you may have seen the movie Pretty Woman. The level of desperation in the survival sex trade, though, is galaxies removed from what's portrayed in Pretty Woman. I used to work at a community mental health team in Vancouver's downtown … Continue reading The Survival Sex Trade
He's a Porn Addict... Now What?: An Expert and a Former Addict Answer Your Questions by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea is written to serve as a resource for partners of men with pornography addictions. It's a unique combination of viewpoints – Tony is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Josh is a former … Continue reading Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?
It's week 21 of the Working On Us mental health series hosted by Beckie of Beckie's Mental Mess. Please see her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is addiction. Addiction has never been an issue for me personally, but it was for my last boyfriend, so I thought I would talk about … Continue reading Working On Us Week 21: Addiction
I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science, and I've ranted before about the law of attraction and homeopathy. Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern. My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is science-based. My current rant is about dopamine fasting. … Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth
"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”
If you were around in the 80's, you are probably very familiar with the message to "just say no" to drugs. In 1991, Saved By The Bell got on board with an episode that told viewers "there's no hope with dope." There was also the classic egg in a frying pan PSA: The beginnings of … Continue reading The Failure of the War on Drugs
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Kim of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kim
The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, & Why Sober Is the New Cool by Conor Bezane shares the author's experiences, as well as the experiences of others, living with bipolar disorder and co-occurring addictions. I went into his book with high expectations, because concurrent disorders need to be included more often into the conversation about … Continue reading Book review: The Bipolar Addict
My Bipolar Mind by Samantha Steiner is written as a series of blog posts that capture her recovery from addiction while living with the effects of bipolar disorder. The story begins in April 2017 she hit her personal rock bottom, and from there began her slow journey towards recovery. Of course, the full story began … Continue reading Book review: My Bipolar Mind
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
Health professionals are required to continually update their knowledge related to their field of practice. One of the nice things about the digital age is that it's easy to access continuing education activities online, and many of them are available at no cost. I freely admit that I'm a geek and I love learning new … Continue reading Mental Illness Continuing Education Resources
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 epidemic 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?
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 African … Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Health Stigma