What is really going on? I am not sure. Could it be the: COVID-19, OPIOIDS, HOMELESSNESS, EMPLOYMENT, going back to SCHOOL or WORK? or the 2020 election?
Could it be addiction and mental health known as co-occurring disorders coming to a full circle? All I know is that there is sadness in the air. The trees are crying as well. I can not tell you the last time I heard the birds sing. And as I stare at this statue, it reminds me of 2020 with the lack for solutions for the world.
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug user– according to(health experts). Sounds like stigma, and that is discrimination. The principles of harm reduction can and should be utilized by those who suffer with any form of addiction.
Harm reduction (or harm minimization) is a range of public health policies designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with various human behaviors, both legal and illegal. Harm reduction policies are used to manage behaviors such as recreational drug use and sexual activity in numerous settings that range from services through to geographical regions. Critics of harm reduction typically believe that tolerating risky or illegal behavior sends a message to the community that such behaviors are acceptable and that some of the actions proposed by proponents of harm reduction do not reduce harm over the long term. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Today so many people are fighting the war of behavioral health issues of addictions, mental health and suicide called (co-occurring disorders) and they are seeking hope through new integrative ways that could change their life.
The Harm Reduction theory:
So let’s look at addiction and mental health disorders using the theory from the stages of change as it relates to harm reduction.
Pre-contemplation is:Not yet acknowledging that there is a problem that needs to be changed
Contemplation is: Acknowledging that there is a problem, but not yet ready or sure of wanting to make a change
Determination is:Getting ready to change
Action is:Changing behavior
Maintenance is:Maintaining the behavior change.
Recently the medical health professionals are adding relapse as the six level of change. (You Think) The question is why not include or explore harm reduction as a therapy method for change such as:
Mindfulness is-a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique to get to a stage of acceptance.
Not everyone is able to share and discover their issues of life in a group. One-on-one therapy allows the person to dig deep with an qualified behavioral health professional to reach the help that is needed before attending group therapy.
Group therapy allows one to be able to share with others to gain a better understanding that they are not alone!
No one wants to be an addict of any form. however what about those with co-occurring disorders?
Society must understand that addiction or mental health disorders or suicidal thoughts are issues that just do not go away. With harm reduction it gives those with behavioral health challenges a fighting chance to deal with the root of their problem instead of returning to risky behavioral. The time has arrived for society to understand that harm-reduction strategies are showing results in reducing HIV transmission in injecting drug users, sex-workers, those with eating disorders alcohol, gambling and more.
If we deal with harm reduction for those who suffer with co-occurring disorders issues of addictions, depression, bipolar, eating disorders, schizophrenia and suicide– just maybe the lives for our youth, young adults as well as the mature adults can be approached from a different stage wise level by accepting and moving forward in a realistic way.
I welcome your thoughts, wisdom and remarks on harm reduction
While Google began executing grand plans to grow its D.C.-area presence last year, the tech giant plans to have its employees work from home until July 2021. The move impacts 200K full-time and contract workers throughout Google’s parent company, Alphabet — including more than 600 people in Greater Washington, with about 250 in the District and 350 in Virginia. According to a article in the Wall Street Journal.
We are moving faster than light. Heading to the space age of Buck Rogers, Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica. Are You ready? Make sure you grab your mask! The coronavirus aka COVID-19 has change life as we will remember. Our mental, physical, social and emotional way of life is gone. What was once –will never be again.
So catch up– because it looks like working virtual from home is the new normal. My question is What About The Children? Or does anyone really care?
Somebody catch me!!! I am about to transform. I already have my Apple Iwatch, my Siri and Alexa. Ready or not the future is upon us.
As the world is re-opening and people are returning to work, we as a society are learning that cleaning disinfectants has become the new normal to combat the COVID-19 virus.
Below you will learn a few examples to consider when returning back to work and how to utilize product to keep you safe.
Bleach is very strong. It’s also a good way to disinfect surfaces you touch a lot. That’s things like doorknobs, countertops, or light switches. Always cut it with water.
Don’t Clean Your Cell Phone With Bleach
Bleach can damage the screen’s fingerprint-resistant coating. It might be OK to use an alcohol or disinfectant wipe. Check with the company that makes your phone to be sure. No matter what you clean with, don’t get any moisture near the openings.
Don’t Mix With Ammonia
This forms a toxic gas called chloramine. It can hurt the tissue in your eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. It can also cause breathing problems.
Now according to the Gone Outdoors website : Cleaning with white vinegar, bleach or ammonia offers homeowners effective cleaning solutions that are less expensive than all-purpose cleaners. White vinegar, bleach and ammonia each has its own specific uses in the home to remove stains, clean and sanitize. Each cleaner stands on its own or mixes with water rather than mixing with each other, especially bleach and ammonia. When mixed, bleach and ammonia form a toxic vapor that overcomes its victim and leads to death.
While the Centers for Disease Control have issued guidance for returning to work, their recommendations do not go far enough to protect those at risk. For instance, an employee with COVID-19 symptoms who was told by their doctor to care for themselves at home would be allowed to return to work just three days after recovery according to the CDC. This means that a sick employee would be back in the office after only three days without a fever or a cough, a recommendation which flies in the face of early evidence which has shown that some patients may be infectious for up to ten days after obvious symptoms have resolved.
To protect yourself, your coworkers, and your loved ones who you return home to each night, here are a few tips I recommend all employees follow based on the science we know now:
For many years the K2 synthetic drug has caused dangerous health conditions in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia region. According to USA 9 News in July 2018 there were over 100 overdoses from this harmful drug.
Now in 2020 according to a report by the Filter website “K2” or “spice,” has been recently popping up in Toronto’s Canada illicit opioid supply amid a national surge in fatal overdoses.
This K2 variant was found in “trace amounts,” or “less than five percent of the drug found,” the alert written by the Center on Drug Policy Evaluation (CDPE) noted, though its exact strength is unknown. On June 15, the Canadian city’s drug checking service issued an alert warning about their unexpected identification of ACHMINACA in nine (or 30 percent) of examined heroin/fentanyl samples between May 20 and June 5.
Many of the early synthetic cannabinoids that were synthesized for use in research were named after either the scientist who first synthesized them or the institution or company where they originated. For example, JWH compounds are named after John W. Huffman and AM compounds are named after Alexandros Makriyannis, the scientists who first synthesized those cannabinoids. HU compounds are named after Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the institution where they were first synthesized, and CP compounds are named after Charles Pfizer, the company where they were first synthesized. Site source here:
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the raise in co-occurring disorders relating to mental health (depression) addictions, suicidal ideations and or domestic violence people are hurting.
The fact that the coronavirus has been the front news, the opioid crisis must again be reported to the people with what is happening as far as the epidemic whether good news or bad.
Here is something to ponder if the reports from Canada are true… Lord help us!
According to a report by CNN Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said on Tuesday July 7, 2020 he does not anticipate a federal coronavirus vaccine mandate in the US once one is made available.
Dr. Fauci explained he “could see individual institutions mandating a vaccine” but not at the nationwide level “merely because of all the situations you have encroaching upon a person’s freedom to make their own choice of their own health.”
In the meantime, Dr. Fauci stressed the importance of face masks in combating the virus — something he said he’s “strongly in favor” of mandating, just not on the federal level. Read the complete story here:
In his remarks on Tuesday July 7, 2020 President Trump referenced when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended against wearing masks earlier in the pandemic. But the CDC later reversed its decision, saying people should wear masks in public spaces. Read more here:
Outbreak of Co-Occurring Disorders
What America needs to understand there is a behavioral health disorder happening worst than the coronavirus known as “ co-occurring disorders of addictions, mental health, suicide and domestic violence that are leading us as a nation to unemployment and homelessness.
With this unknown and unaddressed co-occurring disorders, America is embarking on a new pandemic that is causing us to never get back to what was known as normal.
Let’s Talk… What are your thoughts regarding a vaccine federal mandate in the United States?
Did you know that nearly 23 million Americans struggling with addiction, nearly 14 million also suffer from some form of mental illness, either stemming from or leading to substance abuse?
Did you also know that nearly six out of 10 addicts also suffer from a mental disorder such as ADHD, PTSD or schizophrenia. People who are addicted to drugs are twice as likely to suffer from a mood or anxiety disorder and vice versa, and roughly three quarters of addicts in rehab treatment also suffer from some sort of mental disorder. Furthermore, many drugs of abuse have qualities that can mimic the symptoms of mental illness and withdrawal side effects that are often diagnosed as mental illness.
Well no matter the statics people do recover. Below are two empowering videos to enlighten you with hope. Recovery Stories from the Cafe TA Center and Supporting Recovery: Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders video. Here are their recovery stories.
I welcome your thoughts, wisdom and remarks on recovery