Compassion is the key:
Most folks are doing the best they can, even if it doesn't look like it to you.
Will we need less doctors in the future?
Magic Pills Are Coming
“At healthcare conferences, someone always asks, “What if there was a magic pill?” One that could cure major diseases. What would the healthcare industry look like? Some emergency rooms and hospitals but less doctors and spending?”
The #opioid #crisis has affected nearly every population within the #us. As #americans continue to die from overdoses, numbers are reaching record highs. One of the populations hit hard from this is #pregnant #people .
New research (cited in the article below) reveals details and trends in maternal mortality rates.
From the article:
“We need to understand discrimination as a patient safety issue,” Dr. Mishka Terplan, a member of the Addiction Medicine Expert Work Group at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in an email. “People are dying because they are devalued.”
#Homelessness, #addiction, and #MentalIllness are not the same thing. Most of the #unhoused are not addicted. Many #overdose deaths are among #HousedPeople, and about a quarter in people who are unhoused. So with the other combinations. These three do not equate; they don’t always have the same cause. But they’re related.
1/ I recently explained to my kids that when you feel that fight bile in your body, your brain thinks that if you say the thing and expunge the bile, then say sorry later, that's the same as not saying the thing. But we all deep down know that's not true; often if someone expunged their bile and says sorry, even deeply and compassionately, we still remember it forever.
Are we going to (or do we already) have a huge problem with smartphone addiction because we're building our societies to be so reliant on smartphones?
Specifically, smartphones are quickly becoming a necessity, and next to your BANK App you have Instagram and Free To Play games which is using every trick in the book to make you addicted to it.
"We're not born craving the bottle, but perhaps we're born craving something": One foreign resident opens up about his path to sobriety. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2023/11/27/voices/alcoholism-japan-kenyan-community/?utm_content=bufferb4bb3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #community #voices #alcoholism #addiction #mentalhealth
Hé non les propriétaires/actionnaire de Ladbrokes and Coral ne connaitront pas la paille humide des cachots.
L'administration et la Justice britannique fermeront les yeux sur les délinquants contre une amende de £600 millions
A ce tarif, c'est peut-être eux qui ont tué ta belle mère mais on ne le saura jamais
#addiction #drogue #jeux #casino
This explains why most lotto winners lose everything within about 5 years after they collect their winnings.
"Up to a third of Autistic people have reported issues with substance use significant enough to be recognised by academic literature, while Autistic people in general are twice as likely to be found among those with an SUD diagnosis as they are in the general population. I believe this demonstrates the point I have made repeatedly; this is a significant issue for Autistic people."
#Mastodon made a change. In the thread where they announce it, there are tons of people giving their normative view - how social media ought to be used, unsolicited.
Honestly, it is a bunch of people unaware of their pathologies who don't understand that they're using #socialmedia obsessively to self-medicate against existential dread, feelings of helplessness, fears of being a failure, feelings of isolation, etc.
My issue with online communities is that they're not really communities. They're a chaotic emergence of cultures centered around consumption, existential dread, and #addiction. The forums I was part of as a kid had a mission they were working towards with actual tangible ways to measure progress or analyze the lack thereof.
WERDEN WIR BELOGEN UND BETROGEN?
#EndokrineDisruptoren #Epigenetics #biohazard #letztegeneration #fridaysforfuture #weedmob #cannabinoide #fff #Atlantikbrücke #Merz #Gabriel #Linnemann #klima #climate #Sucht #addiction #Homöostase #Krebs #cancer #Janov #GWPharm #Hortapharm #Medicalgenomics #MilliardenBlockbuster #Medizin auf #Cannabinoidbasis #Bayer #BASF #Pestizide töten #epigenetisch
#GretaThungerg #profitbeforpeople #klimakatastrophe
Werden wir von #Bayern und #Berlin betrogen? #fff #klagen
I blocked this person. Notice I didn't mention them or show who it was.
They left an unsolicited argumentative reply in a previous post. If random Internet posts forces you to take issue with it, then that means you were compelled to address it. That’s a compulsion and an impulse control problem with parasocial connotations.
A challenge competition with a $50 million purse seeks new strategies to attack the global substance abuse epidemic, including personalized diagnostics and treatments.
Disturbing video recorded by a bystander appears to show a California Highway Patrol officer shoot a man repeatedly after a struggle in the middle of the 105 Freeway in Watts on Sunday afternoon.
Overdose prevention centers don’t lead to more crime https://www.futurity.org/overdose-prevention-centers-crime-addiction-2998462/
The researchers found no significant changes in violent crimes, property crimes recorded by police, 911 calls for crime, medical incidents, or 311 calls regarding drug use or “unsanitary” conditions observed in the vicinity of the OPCs, and observed significant reductions in calls for homeless-related conditions.
61 % des sondés estiment que leur moitié passe trop de temps sur son portable.
1/4 admettent regarder les notifications avant de dire bonjour à leur partenaire
15 % des 18-34 ans ont déjà répondu à un appel ou à un SMS pendant un rapport sexuel
I can't stop it. I'm now #selfhost addicted. I hosted a blog with #Ghost and it was cool. Then I hosted #UmamiAnalytics and integrated it into the blog. Then there was a #Gitea instance with some of my public repositories, previously hosted on #GitHub. And I have #Umami on Gitea as well now =) Because why not?
There are so many nice #FOSS out there! Need to try each of them! :blobcatscience:
Last night on MSNBC, I saw LA Times journalist Keegan Hamilton, interviewed by Paola Ramos (subbing for Alicia Menendez), say it right out loud: China and Mexico don't have the massive substance addiction casualties that we find in the US: they also have universal, single payer health care.
It’s sad because Twitter people are now terrified Twitter will go down, not elated he is being held accountable. #addiction
What an awful tragedy - anyone who's listened to Dana Carvey do stand-up knows the heartwarming stories he tells about his son Dex. Positively heartbreaking.
For 10 years I used vape juice on a bit of tissue between my lip and my gum. It got me off "smokeless tobacco" -- Copenhagen, Skoal and so on. It works REALLY WELL to deliver the nicotine.
So THEY STOLE MY IDEA. Should I sue?
Kidding aside, Copenhagen got me hooked when I was 16. It took one can of the snuff, and I was a customer for the next 60 years. Then I went to the juice and DIY pouch.
Nicotine is as addictive as it gets! Addicts get off alcohol, coke, horse, meth, you name it, and tobacco is usually the LAST. It was for me.
What is wrong with our feckless gov't, that they let ANY new nicotine product into the market??? They are bought off, that has to be it. Or just stupid.
I'm off nicotine two years now, and I still crave it, hard and often. It is a terrible chemical. It is worse because after getting addicted, you take it just to feel normal. Never a high. But try and stop any you want to die.
Every food and drug regulation employee should be required to have kicked a bad addiction. Then they would know. And not allow this nonsense.
"The desolation of loneliness, like the connected problems of substance abuse and depression, comes from the feeling that the experience—when one is in it—will never end." —Richard Deming for The Paris Review
New on "Stuff": 4 of 5 stars for Transcendent Kingdom by Yao Gyasi
#africa #addiction #neurobiology #neuroscience
I think I finally managed to get over my #soda #addiction. It may not sound serious, but it was a problem. Nothing will fatten your belly faster than sugar. It also didn't help at all with my sleep and fatigue. Caffeine is a bitch, especially when you're ADHD.
I started by replacing sodas with fruit based juice drinks. But I think what did the trick is buying packs of canned sparkling water. It satisfies the itch for me.
Now things like #Coke tastes from "meh" to "gross". Water is best. c:
The CEO of #Meta, Mark #Zuckerberg, has personally and repeatedly thwarted initiatives to improve the wellbeing of teenagers on #Facebook and #Instagram, sometimes directly bypassing some of his most senior lieutenants, according to internal communications made public as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the company:
Le PDG de #Meta, Mark #Zuckerberg, a personnellement et à plusieurs reprises contrecarré des initiatives visant à améliorer le bien-être des adolescent·es sur #Facebook et #Instagram, parfois en passant directement outre certains de ses lieutenants les plus hauts placés, selon des communications internes rendues publiques dans le cadre d'un procès en cours contre l'entreprise.
"Joe Buffalo" | Surviving the Horror of Residential Schools by Skateboarding | directed by Amar Chebib and executive produced by Tony Hawk, an Indigenous #skateboarding legend overcomes #addiction and #trauma stemming from his years in Canada's Church-run school system.
does anyone with #CPTSD or other similar conditions experience an aversion to making goals and/or plans? i just prefer to live one-day-at-a-time, but i think i need to make some goals. unfortunately my desire to make goals is like... in the negative numbers (for some reason). and i can't figure out why i'm so averse to it... it's like i don't even want to think about it...
edit: the idea of more goals just feels like adding chores to my already overwhelming chorelist...
It worked for me, by the grace of God. 👍
"Your Brain Can Recover From Heavy Drinking: It requires total abstinence, according to new research."
"In good news for drinkers, researchers in the US have discovered that the brains of people who suffer from alcohol use disorder and abstained from booze for roughly 7.3 months displayed significant structural improvements, suggesting remarkable powers of recovery are possible."
After three decades of #research people with addiction still have few #medication options. While there are a handful of modestly effective #fdaapproved #drugs to treat #alcohol #nicotine and #opioiduse #disorders there are none at all for #cocaine #methamphetamine and other #narcotics And the fact remains that most people with a substance use disorder will relapse …
Kotaku: Family Is Suing Makers Of Fortnite, Call Of Duty For Fostering Addiction https://kotaku.com/video-game-addiction-lawsuit-activision-xbox-fortnite-1851007637 #gaming #tech #kotaku #digitalmediauseandmentalhealth #behavioraladdiction #videogamepublishers #videogameaddiction #activisionblizzard #microtransaction #electronicarts #gameaddiction #micropayment #addiction #epicgames #microsoft #videogame #ubisoft #aspyr
Ian Sample interviews NIDA's Nora Volkow in a Guardian podcast episode - Understanding the Science of Addiction
As I once again work through the maze of #Medicare, #PartD, and #Medigap, I repeat that anyone who promotes #MedicareForAll instead of full, comprehensive (#physical, #dental, #vision, #mental, #addiction, etc), free or very low cost #UniversalHealthcare has absolutely no understanding of the problem they believe they're addressing.
'Manitoba's new #NDP government has confirmed in writing it wants to establish a supervised consumption site in downtown Winnipeg. In a ministerial mandate later dated Oct.19 and released publicly Tuesday, Premier Wab Kinew calls on his addictions minister Bernadette Smith to work with other cabinet ministers to deliver on what Kinew describes as one of the government's key priorities.'. #addiction https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/addictions-minister-supervised-consumption-site-1.7014452
📚 Matthew Perry book: Chandler's life turned out to be his ideal - review
Despite Chandler's fictional triumphs, Perry candidly admitted that the character's success often surpassed his own real-life achievements. Perry adds "what I actually did in real life—getting married, having kids—well … some things I can’t talk about all that well."
remember: the only "gateway drug" is trauma. we are very quick to demonize the who, what, when, where of #addiction but never ask why.
whenever you're thinking about someone who uses drugs, remember that it usually isn't "their fault". they are trying to solve emotional strain and cope with the horrors of the system. just like you cope with being sleepy in the morning by drinking coffee. don't think it's different. that's a classic tactic to reduce the humanity of the person who is using drugs.
And I get it.
I used the term "substance abuse" until I realized it was stigmatizing.
Why is it stigmatizing? It is blaming and shaming to the person who is struggling with a HEALTH issue.
The term "abuse" denotes they are at fault. As if they are choosing to struggle.
This isn't how addiction works.
We don't assign blame in language when people struggle with OTHER health issues.
This new book from Noah Whiteman looks amazing: “Most Delicious Poison”.. how plants, animals & microbes influence each other’s behavior & fates thru secondary metabolites & how this impacts everything from addiction, intoxication to life saving medicines #ecology #evolution #medicine #plants #addiction #books https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/noah-whiteman/most-delicious-poison/9780316386579/
From 24 Oct: Study: Foods like ice cream, chips and candy are just as addictive as cigarettes or heroin - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2023/10/23/study-ice-cream-chips-addictive-cigarettes-heroin-drugs/71286591007/ #health #food #ultraprocessedfood #addiction
Please retoot so loads of people can grab this!
@mcnees I owe some of my most important, seminal career research to astronaut Ronald McNair.
Published in the Penn State McNair Journal in 1996:
"Internet Connectivity: Addiction and Dependency Study"
Canada Will Legalize Medically Assisted Dying For People Addicted to Drugs
> Canada will legalize medically assisted dying for people who are addicted to drugs next spring, in a move some drug users and activists are calling “eugenics.”
#Canada #drugabuse #addiction #suicide
Philip Morris lobbying to stop WHO ‘attack’ on vapes and similar products
Exclusive: Leaked email shows firm behind Marlboro cigarettes critical of global ‘prohibitionist’ agenda
The company, which has been increasingly focusing on smoke-free products as governments tighten regulations on cigarettes, made $10.19bn (£8.3bn) in revenues from products such as heated tobacco and electronic cigarettes in 2022.
@scotttiger @scotts @FinchHaven @SwiftOnSecurity @malwaretech I had #Twitter for 14+ years, spent WAY too much time on there. Was already trying to cut back before Musk bought it. He made my final decision to quit much easier but the actual quitting part (not getting on the site or interacting) has not been easy for me. If i didn't have #mastodon as a substitute, I would probably still be there Life is better now! No regrets here either! ☺️ #addiction #socialMedia #twitterMigration
Chapters & Topics
1) #Ravens (the bird)
2) #Nature (what is nature?)
3) 621 (establishing the char.)
4) Giant #Robots / #gunpla (sub essay 1)
5) Rubicon (setting desc)
6) #drugs, #sex and #addiction (sub essay 2)
7) #Anarchy / Ancap / Corps (political deep dive; sub essay 3)
8) actual "#review" of the #videogames
9) endings + #berserk (sub4)
10) 621 fraud & humanity #DoBetter
Hi all! Please consider sharing your experiences and make online spaces and mental health care safer and more welcoming. Link to survey: https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_86yZjYSqTMzS086
#MentalHealth #uk #research #depression #anxiety #psychology #survey #schizophrenia #SuicidePrevention #MentalHealthServices #addiction #ADHD #autism #bipolar #PTSD
@Nonilex Didn't I see where they took him to a MH facility? Probably appropriate. Now I wish I hadn't smoked earlier than normal today. Let me struggle with trying to be coherent. We, all #AntiFa, in the broadest sense of the word, must not become self-rightous punishers à la Trump. Cult followers are heavily indoctrinated, another word for #BrainWashed. This is a MH condition, probably reversable in many. Like #addiction it deserves our heavy societal investment. Odds, not good.
Some real talk here: #ADHD is incredibly comorbid with #addiction. Both are related to atypical reactions to chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. This includes all sorts of addiction — drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, porn, sleeping, hoarding — you name it.
So if you have #ADHD, keep this in mind. You don’t have to be a stoic monk, but remember that your brain works differently than a neurotypical one.
#Recommendations needed: anyone out there know/recommend any good #Journaling style #RPGs that would work in a small group, ideally something that people can drop in and out of, so something with a start anywhere kind of style.
Looking for a game for a 1 hour open support group that can explore themes like: healthy #relationships, #MentalHealth, #addiction recovery and #SystemicOppression.
#RPGTherapists, what cha got for me? :blob_sign_pls:
Author Miriam Davidson lays out how treating drugs as a law enforcement issue has historically fueled more violence at the border and what this tells us about how we should approach the issue of addiction. #Addiction #WarOnDrugs #Border
@kottke I think you would be interested in a book that came recently to mind: Anne Wilson Schaef's When Society Becomes an Adddict.
I read it shortly after it was published in 1988, and at the time it was eye-opening about the problems in the company in which I worked. But in rereading it now, it has a much broader reach.
Here are inexpensive copies:
"Words were the only things that seemed attainable to me. I could look them up in my grandmother’s dictionary and understand their meaning—unlike math, where, if I was stuck, I’d need someone to help me. The more words I learned, the more I realized that my own language could be deepened." —Jenisha Watts for The Atlantic
"The abiding belief that alive is better than clean was what led to Never Use Alone." —For Slate, Aymann Ismail and Mary Harris follow a safe-use hotline operator.
"people routinely underestimate just how much they rely on networks of one kind or another", says Iain Morris - speaking from his own experience going cold turkey.
Released in 2010, Ryan G. Van Cleave's "Unplugged" recounts their very real struggles with Video Game addiction, their rock-bottom, and their ongoing battle to control the impulses to play.
⚠️ Content Warning for both the description and the book
Doctor Wu, by Steely Dan. Love me some Steely Dan! Their lyrics were opaque at best, and downright obscure most of the time. But there seems to be a strong strain of addiction, and the attendant struggles it brings, throughout this classic song from the album Katy Lied.
"Don't seem right
I've been strung out here all night
I've been waiting for the taste you said you'd bring to me"
"Addicts and alcoholics cannot prove their need for treatment by requesting it. They’ve gotta bleed and pee for it. And even that might not be enough."
I guess it is time for an #Introduction! I'm a psychiatrist based in #Egypt. I worked in #addiction, #trauma rehab. I learned about #Linux in 2002 & through it met a small community of great geeks (how I met #FreeAlaa). I started blogging in 2005. #Jan25 revolution happened & I tried to witness as much as I can. I enjoy #DIY, #woodworking (built our kitchen cabinets). #Cycling, #Windsurfing, #35mm #photography & #urbansketching. #Vegetarian, I enjoy #baking & #cooking (sometimes overwhelming).
There is a silent epidemic of addictions of all kinds all over the world. And Muslims are not exempt just because they pray to Allah SWT five times a day.
Good news: if you’re Muslim and you’re struggling with a substance addiction or a bad habit you can’t quit, there are other Muslims who want to help.
Millati Islami, an international fellowship of men and women, offers an orthodox Muslim way to work a program of #Recovery that draws from the #TwelveSteps of #Alcoholics Anonymous. We are joined together on the "Path of Peace".
The best way to find out more is to go to a Millati Islami meeting. We offer online meetings all week long and, if you’re in the Northeast US, there are in-person meetings too.
You can read more about Millati Islami at our website.
Addendum 6 cont'd
Vancouver | British Columbia political indifference, inaction
[2023-08-01] Vancouver City Council Shutting Down Overdose Prevention Site
No Plan to Help People Who Depend On Site
“They don’t care what happens to people who use drugs”
[2022-12-01] B.C. on track for 2nd deadliest drug poisoning year ever
I finished my summer internship this week! I spent 4 months working with a team of biologists and statisticians at The Jackson Laboratory, building visualization software for their research needs. The lab I worked with focuses on analyzing genetics, the microbiome, and addiction-related traits. Here's an overview of some of the EDA tools I built for them in #Python ☺️ #genetics #biology #addiction #dataviz #computerscience #research #phd
If you're doing cool work with data vis + bio, lmk!
I would argue that mental health and addiction are far more important topics in our community than a double standard that no one really even learned from - I mean, look at what recently happened to @tracketpacer
For many years, the city had hundreds of beds available on this Boston Harbor island which was once the home to a Coast Guard facility. All that ended in 2014 when a bridge connecting the island to the mainland was declared unsafe. The city has never recovered the number of treatment and shelter beds. https://www.wgbh.org/news/local/2023-08-10/wu-announces-plan-to-rebuild-long-island-bridge-and-treatment-center #recovery #addiction
“I have no problem with people that want to drink and do drugs – if they can do it in moderation. I wish I could, but I can’t”: when Mike Portnoy performed his 12-Step Suite
The drummer explored his Alcoholics Anonymous experience across five Dream Theater albums, before playing the material without them
Substance #addiction and #alcoholism are serious conditions and I have great sympathy for those who suffer and great admiration for those who get help. But that also doesn’t mean one can use alcoholism as an excuse for one’s actions. One has to deal with the fallout. And if #Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán’s history of #DomesticViolence is related to his alcoholism, I applaud him for getting help, but I still am not okay with his actions nor want him on my favorite #baseball team.
Situation with #socialmedia #addiction with #kids is dire. And Laura Marguez-Garrett argues Snap simply lies on it’s testimonies about what they present as an experience to young people, girls especially.
TikTok algorithms turn to advocate suicide after breakups, leading to actual suicides. Snap’s algorithm connecting kids to dealers.
And the companies? It could still be cheaper for them to keep doing it and handle the cases one-by-one.
Just a reminder that I published pioneering research on Internet addiction and dependency in 1996, so these acts are appropriately disturbing here.
‟California Senator Nancy Skinner Falls For Junk Science Moral Panic; Makes Blatantly False Claims In Support Of Social Media Addiction Bill”
Here is our paper! My #research shows how certain adult neurons resist activity changes.
A key question is why? It may not only be a negative byproduct of age but could be an evolutionary advantage to resist trauma or external influence after we've found "successful strategies" while younger.