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No One Brings Casseroles When Your Loved One is Mentally Ill!

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No One Brings Casseroles When Your Loved One is Mentally Ill!

Back when my 14-year- old son called me from school and said he knows he should be happy and he is a lucky boy, but he feels like he wants to die, I truly panicked. It was as if I wasn’t hearing the right words coming out of his mouth. I knew I wasn’t equipped for this situation!!!! I asked him if I could take him to his doctor and when he replied yes, at that point I knew my son was clearly showing signs of mental illness. I sat stunned in utter silence, panicking and paralyzed, not able to...

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Changing the Stigma Around Incarceration for Drugs

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Changing the Stigma Around Incarceration for Drugs

Hello Friend, It is my full intension that my message of experience, strength, and hope reach an addict. So if you know of someone who is using or in recovery please share this message. If you are curious about addiction, please read. Experience. Today I can be totally honest and reflect back to the time I first got high. I was very young but I know now that it was my first high by choice. My Dad had a Honda 350 in the garage and I huffed gas. I was in third grade and from that point on I considered myself an...

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Stop the Stigma/Get Educated!

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Stop the Stigma/Get Educated!

There are many pressing issues in addiction recovery but this may be one of the biggest ones if you're living with an addict or know a loved one dealing with addiction. The question is how do you deal with it yourself? So here's some advice from some hard earned experience… If you're not an addict, please get educated by an addict, because there is no better teacher! People that are in the grip of their addiction are living in isolation, feeling alone, lost, like no one cares, and that there is no way out. My question to you then is:...

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Wet Universities & Dry Students; "Sober as Deviant"

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Wet Universities & Dry Students; "Sober as Deviant"

As many young adults prepare to go away to college and embrace the festivities of their life, some choose to stay sober.  A majority of college/University campuses have acclimated to the saga of binge drinking, promiscuous sex, and blackouts.   According to the article “Sober as Deviant: The Stigma of Sobriety and How Some College Students ‘Stay Dry’ on a ‘Wet’ Campus (Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2013)” by Nancy J Herman-Kinney and David A. Kinney it's expressed in the abstract there are certain types of labels and stigmatizations that come with ‘sober as deviant.’  Kinney and Kinney go on to state...

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From Jenna to Dad, The daughter you never really knew…

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From Jenna to Dad, The daughter you never really knew…

Dear Dad, I stood outside your door today after being gone for 13 years, hoping enough time had passed that we could move forward and finally put the past behind us.  As I stood there contemplating for a minute whether I should really knock on the door or just turn around and leave, the nervousness ...

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