Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Robin WIlliams' sober living coach? #mentalhealth #suicide #substanceusedisorders

Wonderful. Just as the news continues to disseminate, the media wants to find deeper details to the point that 'his' 'sober living coach'(sic) had some insight into his life, including breaking his anonymity within the rooms of twelve step meetings. Great. Lets just make it more uncomfortable for those seeking a safe space...or are we ready to move out of 'the rooms'? To do so means getting honest and real about our lives. No, twelve step meetings are not group therapy. Despite this particular news depicting the celebrity's inner turmoil, recovery is a space to share hope and not to explore trauma. Yes, it is our foundation and social support, yet we are at a standstill when it comes to the stigma of mental health as a key support to cementing recovery and not the only solution, which is implied by many who continue to shy away from a complete spectrum of evidence based programs. Lets get our stories straight and share about whats working.