Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fiorina opens up on family addiction

"I buried a child to drug addiction," Fiorina said.

In a presidential election coming up, the United States becomes a little more aware of an epidemic with Carly Fiorina opening up about her daughter's battle with addiction. A long time stigma making its way to the spotlight in order to have solutions, options and plans ready to be implemented and placed in our healthcare system. Her vulnerability is a gift to the over 20 million struggling with substance use disorders in the United States.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The new face of addiction

The new face of addiction is no longer the cliche brown bag holding homeless adult. Its in the suburbs, in college forms and in the comfort of a family home. As the stigma of substance use disorders begins to be a part of the vocabulary of community, the shock of overdoses will continue to cause intimidation and fear from agencies towards an education and preventive task. Cities such as New York seem to be leading the way in Narcan training (naloxone), placing power in non medical and lay responders to avoid overdoses all together. The shift from finding the fault to understanding the nature is the big first step.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tyler touting teetotaling...

Steven Tyler joins other great musicians to rally at UNITE, an addiction awareness rally in Washington to begin a shift in attention towards treatment as well as opportunities for those reintegrating whether the incarceration system or housing. Subjects such as treatment rather than punitive efforts, naloxone (narcan) for heroin overdose implementations and many other engaging themes will be the focus of UNITE, not ignoring the largest one: there is an epidemic and how we have placed attention to it hasn't been working.

An epidemic calls for a change and we congratulate public figures for supporting the efforts. Thank you Steven Tyler.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Be Hari, not hard on them...

The most insightful video as to why we continue to have punitive treatment for substance use disorders, previously known as addiction and alcoholism. As Hari states, it is in our nature to bond and to connect as well as to be drawn to meaningful relationships and environments that nurture our development. As opposed to the chemical imbalance myth, this social and emotive incentive theory is a breakthrough based on the caged rat with water and water/heroin mix. As Hari states, it was never about the heroin, but about the cage. 

As for treatment centers, sober living homes and recovery homes, everything needs to change. The focus is on connection, social circles, fulfillment and positive psychology. Its time to change and this insightful being brings to the general population a huge shift. Time to get rid of your bunk beds facilities and begin fomenting spaces of beauty and staff that knows how to attend humans.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Eminem Shares Previous Struggle With Drugs That Pushed Him To 230 Pounds

Eminem Shares Previous Struggle With Drugs That Pushed Him To 230 Pounds : LIFE : Tech Times

The brave rapper and entertainer Eminem opens up abut his demons, difficulties and journey to health. We commend this talented artist that could inspire the over 22 million people in recovery from substance use disorders in the United States. We forget it affects everyone no matter our backgrounds, but that the vulnerability and honesty of this amazing artist can bring life to those not seeing beyond the haze of today. Thank you Eminem.