E-cigarettes illustrate how harm reduction approaches to drug policy, particularly maintenance or substitution therapies, are at once both filled with promise and deeply misunderstood.
You can spend your time meeting society's standards but your confidence will not follow. When you wipe off all the makeup, when you can remove the mask and still smile back at your reflection -- this is when you can feel at peace. It is our actions and behaviors, our morals and characters that should provide self-worth, not someone's assessment or a number on a scale.
Here's my modest proposal: We have, in only a few decades, changed society's acceptance of another addiction: tobacco. Can we make it as socially unacceptable to hit a woman in a elevator as to light a cigarette in one? I think we can. And I think we can do it the same way.
I thought about throwing the note away, but part of me said to keep it -- not so I can dwell on the past, but so I can have another reminder of how far we've come.
Suicide is never an easy thing to talk about, to prevent, or to understand. But recognizing the risk factors is an important step. During this year's observance of Suicide Prevention Month, we should work to draw more attention to the link between suicide and alcohol, in all its facets.
Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
Remember that you are the person who is suffering and not your friends and family. Don't let the opinions of your peers prevent you from getting your life back. Your health is the most important thing and must be your number one priority. Do what is best for you.
For years, I have worked with people with mental health issues and I have treated them with kindness and a great deal of respect. Why cannot I give myself the same respect? Why is it so hard to even talk about my limitations and issues?
Addiction proliferates behind walls. It feeds off the delusion of our separateness. We suffer in silence and too often recover in a shroud of secrecy. Although I would never judge any teacher who is unwilling to sacrifice anonymity in order to tell their story of recovery, I also think it's necessary to be honest with ourselves about what keeps us from sharing more often. I think we'd be pleasantly surprised to see how much our students would gain when we stop obsessing so much about what we might lose.
Perhaps I should put down my phone a little. Maybe we all should (fellow college students, I'm talking to you). Because yeah, life is moving pretty fast, and if we don't stop and look around once in a while, we could miss it (couldn't resist). Do they have AA groups for this sort of thing?
To me, the best part about National Recovery Month is that everyone in every corner of the country can participate -- and is welcomed to do so! Just by visiting the National Recovery Month website, you can find local events in your community to attend, as well as read articles about addiction and recovery.
There are several ways to spot these snow-smitten folks. They're the ones planning next season's runs while gazing at summer slopes, the individuals wearing a beanie in 90 degree weather and the people who try to use their ski pass as a form of identification.
A 12 minute "go" when you ride the subway to work may cultivate some awareness, namely that you're either restless, lazy, fearful, judgmental, easily distracted or unable to concentrate -- but this is only the first step towards doing something about it.
It's possible that, underneath it all, though, we stay because our brains are wired wrong. I know I was addicted to the oxytocin produced by having a man in my life -- no matter how awful a man.
It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.
I think what I'm saying is all of these things are connected. For me, at age 37, this is maternal health. If I don't talk about these things, reflect on them, consider them as parts of me as a whole person, and as a whole parent, who will?