Extra post because April is Alcohol Awareness Month…
One of the scariest things I ever did was start networking on LinkedIn. It meant taking pride in my professional self and celebrating success in the outside world – extremely scary considering my fears around success.
BUT…learning to use LinkedIn, and especially the different groups, connected me to resources I never imagined possible outside of a paid journal subscription. One group I belong to now is called “Mental Health”, and professionals from all aspects of the Mental Health world along with other businesses write about how emotional health affects employees, employers, and careers.
Benefits of Medication for Addiction and Trauma?
One topic that interests me, but is hard to learn about, has to do with the benefits of medication as part of addiction treatment programs. Many people have issues with addiction and trauma, so deserve to learn about all available resources. And maybe this information will help a guest find a successful path to her or his goals.
I read this article a few days ago, but didn’t have time to share it until now. It’s written by the CEO of the company that manufactures one medication used to help with alcohol addiction (article’s words). He discusses the potential benefits of adding medication by comparing statists to the opiate medication treatment programs and reflects on why this option is not as widespread or openly discussed in the recovery/treatment community.
The article DOES NOT promote its drug as a cure or something to buy. And I DO NOT endorse or support the purchase or use of this manufacturer or other manufacturer’s medications for treatment. However, why not explore options directly from the source?
My Reasons for Sharing now
While not something mentioned often here, I have personal experience with loved ones whose lives were changed by alcohol addiction and abuse of over-the-counter drugs. And lots of experience watching classmates I started elementary school with drop out of high school, die, end up in jail, or commit suicide because of drug and alcohol related problems. Besides that, April is a month of loss and grieving for me. One I wasn’t able to mourn in the past, but can mourn now.
My memories of past drug and alcohol use are coming back, have been coming back a lot this April. Like why I can’t stand the smell of pot smoke in my personal space, but cigarette smoke leaves a neutral impression. Or dreams of being forced to ingest/inject/inhale/absorb through my skin whatever combinations my owner and his people gave us before training. Then their anger and disgust when I passed out or vomited and then passed out because my body rejected the substances.
As you might guess, substance use and abuse is a sensitive topic for me. I feel inadequate to write about the topic, so hope that you check out the article for yourself and make your own choices.
Thanks for reading.