Combating Mental Health and Substance Use Misinformation on the Internet

Combating Mental Health And Substance Use Misinformation On The Internet

Online spaces can be a source of misinformation on all kinds of topics. Stigmas, myths, and lies can spread like wildfire. Clients and counselors alike need to take the steps they can to make sure individuals get the facts straight. Misinformation on Social Media  If there is anything the last ten years has demonstrated, it is that social media platforms can be a haven for misinformation on various topics, from the political to the scientific. Some platforms have tried to stop the spread by adding fact-checking to posts or slowing down a person’s ability to share. Despite these efforts, misinformation still reaches thousands. Even political leaders and large news networks willingly publish misleading information, often to push a policy that works in their favor. For example, in February, news sites published articles claiming President Joe Biden planned to give out free “crack pipes” to people with addiction in the inner…

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Your Guide to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Sober

Your Guide To Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Sober

Whether you are celebrating your Irish heritage or having a good time with your friends, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is known for its access to excessive drinking. If you are sober, this time of year can feel stressful and dangerous. You might feel tempted to go to a bar with friends, or you might feel uncomfortable around so many intoxicated people. However, it is still possible to celebrate this holiday without going to the bar. Here are some tips to allow you to enjoy the holiday while still honoring your sobriety. Have a Traditional Irish Dinner Party You do not need to go to a bar to have corned beef and hash. Instead, host a dinner party with your sober friends. There are plenty of traditional Irish recipes that are fun to cook and fantastic to eat. Try baking soda bread, or cook a steaming pot of Irish stew….

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Is Medication Safe if I Have an Addiction?

Is Medication Safe If I Have An Addiction?

Having a history of addiction can make taking medication a frightening experience. While the U.S. battles a major opioid addiction crisis, taking medication for pain or mental illness might be concerning, especially if that substance has the potential to be addictive. This article discusses how to use medicine safely and when and why taking controlled substances might not be safe. Using Medication When You’re Addicted If you have an addiction, being prescribed medication can be troubling. There are plenty of common medicines that are easy to become dependent on, yet doctors and psychiatrists prescribe them for various health conditions. These medications have been clinically tested and found to alleviate symptoms in people with a particular illness or disease.  Unfortunately, many misuse prescription drugs and develop an addiction. Suppose you have an addiction to illicit drugs or pharmaceutical medication. In that case, it makes sense to be wary about receiving a…

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The Benefits of Digitally Disconnecting

The Benefits of Digitally Disconnecting

Amid this current era of technology, it can be challenging to put down electronic devices and enjoy the real world. At the Lodge, we ask our clients not to use cellphones and laptops while in treatment. This article will explore how unplugging can allow you to better experience the world authentically. Unplug for the Day Taking a break from technology is becoming increasingly complex, as the world is oversaturated with it. Sometimes it feels like there’s no escape from screen time. This notion can feel especially true if you work directly with technology on a day-to-day basis. You may have expectations to answer emails, texts, and messages with extreme promptness. Gone are the days when it was customary not to hear from someone for hours.  There is often an expectation of being online constantly. It seems there is never a period where you can take a break from the world’s…

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Accepting What You Can’t Control

Accepting What You Can’t Control

Hanging on to things that are not in your control can be detrimental to your mental and physical health. It is important to learn when to let things go and focus on what you do have control over. It can be challenging to notice the things that you do have control over, which is why it is essential to step back and take stock of what is and what is not within your control. We Admitted We Were Powerless The first step of the 12-Step philosophy focuses on admitting that you are not in control of yourself or your life under the influence of substances. You acknowledged that your life had become unmanageable. This realization can be a difficult one to admit. You might have started using substances as a way to feel more in control of the chaos around you, but all it did was make things worse. In…

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Comorbidity of Chronic Illness and Substance Misuse

Those who are chronically ill might need to rely on medication to function in their day-to-day lives. Yet, others might use alcohol or illicit drugs to cope with the pain. It is essential to know the facts about chronic illness and what factors might lead an individual to substance use. Knowledge about a person’s health condition should become a factor in how individual treatment is tailored to help their case. This article covers information on the overlap between chronic illness, substance misuse, and what you can do to help. Chronic Illness Is Lifelong When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, they have a condition that will not go away over time and cannot be cured with any type of treatment or medication. Some chronic diseases are easier to manage than others, depending on the symptoms. Either way, they can heavily burden the diagnosed person. Many factors influence the…

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How Do I Identify My Trauma Triggers?

How Do I Identify My Trauma Triggers?

If you have experienced trauma in your life, you know that certain events can prove highly challenging. A trigger might be right around the corner, reminding you of an event, causing an adverse reaction. If you are troubled with why you react the way you do to certain things, then now might be the time to learn about your trauma triggers. It is common to shame yourself for overreacting to a situation that seems common for others, but your reaction might have a legitimate, underlying reason. The Reality of PTSD Symptoms Anyone can experience trauma. Many recognize PTSD as something only veterans experience after being exposed to the horrors of war, but that is only a small percentage of trauma experienced by people. A traumatic experience can also include surviving a natural disaster, abuse, refugee displacement, police violence, medical malpractice, neglect, and debilitating physical injuries. Any event that caused you…

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What Can I Do if I’m Feeling Alone?

Isolation can be detrimental to your emotional health. If you have struggled with addiction, it may be appealing to use substances to cope with loneliness. If you feel lonely, there are ways in which you can improve your mood and feel more connected. Isolation During Covid Shutdowns and social distancing have loneliness to be a common experience. Covid regulations that seem never-ending amidst the cold weather only worsen things. While these safety measures during the pandemic were put in place to keep you physically safe, there is a toll that isolation takes on your mental health. The constant isolation during the pandemic has taken a significant toll on the addiction recovery community. Relapses during 2020 were high, and record-breaking overdoses were recorded while the United States battled an opioid epidemic, along with a global pandemic. Isolation is indeed a significant enemy to sobriety. Addiction thrives with isolation. Many struggling with…

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Preparing for a Rainy Day

Preparing For A Rainy Day

There are days when things feel extra difficult. You might wake up one morning and feel like you have a massive cloud over your head. Or it might even be a literal rainy day. When these moments occur, there are some things you can do to make your situation a little bit better. Reach Out to Your Support System Sometimes low moods can be triggered by loneliness. If you are having an off day, call a close friend. Reach out to a family member. Send a message to your therapist about your day. Do not feel as though you are a burden if you lean on your support system. That is why they are here, and most likely, they would expect you to do the same for them.  If a person in your support system is not available, do not take it personally, as they may just be enforcing their…

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The Realities of Compassion Fatigue

The Realities of Compassion Fatigue

There are times when caring can feel exhausting. This experience does not mean that someone is insensitive, but rather that they feel burned out emotionally. It can be difficult to cope with compassion fatigue, especially in the wake of Covid. Staying Sensitive During Global Disaster The 2020 global pandemic uprooted the lives of every person on the planet. Delays, cancellations, closures, and shutdowns changed the course of the future. The world has been coping with grief, instability, and isolation as everyone must navigate this “new normal.”  Additionally, economic instabilities have affected the way of life for millions. The Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, two years later, with no end in sight. Those in the healthcare industry face the brunt of it all, whether they work in a hospital, as an EMT, or as a mental healthcare professional. Having dealt directly with the worst-case scenario for so long, it is no…

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