book cover: My Bipolar Mind: Surviving the Chaos by Samantha Steiner
Book reviews, Mental health

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

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa

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 Lisa of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Lisa

Mental health

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. … Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

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?

Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Doctor Getting Sober

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

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Social issues & social justice

The Survival Sex Trade

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

book cover: He's a Porn Addict... Now What? by Tony Overbay and Joshua Shea
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?

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?

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blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us Week 21: Addiction

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

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Mental health, Science & research

The Dopamine Fasting Myth

I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science.  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 something that it isn't. My current rant is about dopamine fasting.  I recently heard about this from… Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth

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Health & Healthcare, Mental health

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”

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home; background of cherry blossoms
Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Kim – Broken-Hearted Grace

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 – Broken-Hearted Grace

The Bipolar Addict by Conor Bezane book cover
Book reviews, Mental health

Book review: The Bipolar Addict

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

Book cover: My bipolar mind by Samantha Steiner
Book reviews

Book review: My Bipolar Mind

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

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Humanity & social relationships, What is... psychology series

What is… Codependency

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is 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… Continue reading What is… Codependency