What is wellness?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth one step and or one door at a time.
What does wellness mean to you?
Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.-According to the Student Health and Counseling Services
Strategies for wellness:
There are believed to be eight dimensions of wellness according to SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration that include:
- Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
- Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
- Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
- Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
- Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
- Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
- Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
- Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
While all eight dimensions of wellness need our attention for us to truly flourish, there doesn’t have to be a balance among all dimensions. Instead, the goal is to find a personal harmony with the dimensions that are most authentic for you. You can’t get there passively, it requires active awareness, acceptance, and commitment through choices you make every day no matter how small.-According to the University of Maryland Health Center
Did you know that:
Halbert L. Dunn, M.D. (1896–1975) was the leading figure in establishing a national vital statistics system in the United States and is known as the “father of the wellness movement”
-According to Wikipedia
The Evolution of Wellness:
Although Dr Dunn, is known as the father of the wellness movement. The evolution of wellness has been around for a long time.
No matter how one looks at wellness, it is important to note that there are four important elements of wellness and they are:
Education is the key to unlocking the doors of change to moving forward in wellness in-order for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements to be in harmony.
There is always hope. Today more than ever people are seeking innovative answers to behavioral health questions that provide education, awareness, hope and solutions for everyday living.
Author M/R Johnson, has done just that. She has created books for the reader to travel the road map of unconscious stigma with transformational, innovative solutions for addiction, mental health and suicidal ideation as well as other behavioral health challenges that many are afraid to contemplate.
Everyone has a story, yet far too many people NEVER ask for help concerning behavioral health disorders. Memoirs Of An Addict: Fact or Fiction, the combined book and workbook of hope and survival living life with co-occurring disorders, written with the intent to address wellness, recovery, harm reduction and resiliency with new integrative solutions that today’s society face with behavioral health disorders such as the opiate epidemic and daily recovery issues. Great for book clubs, facilitating groups and personal reading .
If you feel or know someone in crisis
In the United States: Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis workers are available 24 hours a day. Calls are free and confidential.
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.
See the 9 news report here:
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.
Read more here:
Naming synthetic cannabinoids
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!
Let’s talk about it–share your thoughts.
What is harm reduction?
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
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:
What are your thoughts regarding a vaccine federal mandate in the United States?
Powerful words from Muhammad Ali on the challenges of black people in 1974. Watch the You-tube video and learn if anything has changed.
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.
What do you think?
“The game has changed. The coronavirus
COVID-19 is causing depression, opioid and
co-occurring disorders issues at an alarming rate. Our children are crying and their tears must be addressed. WE must change the perception regarding social stigma, intervention, and recovery with hope.”
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 is an empowering video that focused on recovery stories with peers from around the world at the Alternative Conference in Auston Texas, from the Cafe TA Center .
Here are their recovery stories.