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Monday, April 27, 2015

Tired of being tired

Families who have lost a loved one to substance use disorders, formerly known as alcoholism and addiction, are tired of being tired. Where do they go to? How many times can someone go to treatment? What if you can't afford it? Families are coming out. The pain is greater than the stigma. It is no longer moral. It is no longer good versus wrong. Its simply needs to be spoken about. With an opiate epidemic in the United States, its coming back to the hands of those hurting and they are aking for anwers.



http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/04/27/woman-who-lost-grandson-to-heroin-takes-on-drug-addiction/

Friday, April 17, 2015

Your newspaper columnist is not a mental health professional...

And these are the stories the public gets about substance use disorders, or commonly known as addiction or alcoholism: that your newspaper columnist or neighbor can provide adequate information to attend a very critical and much more complex issue than a one stop solution. The columnist uses an 'interventionist' (yes, she uses quotes) to offer an educated solution, one ending in 'would you let anyone else in your home do what she is doing?'. Where are the mental health professionals? Where are family dynamics explored? Why is it one of the most sough after topics yet such few professional support sought? Mental health is still a taboo, sought when things are breaking down and not a part of wellness nor lifestyle. In the substance use disorder field there is more attention placed in high levels of severity than prevention or education. Its time for a shift. Oh, and lets stop using the word addict and alcoholic, it perpetuates stigma and is a horrid self identification verbage.


http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20150417/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150419268/-1/opinion