Day 7: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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*How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One Due to Alcohol or Drug Abuse*

•Allow yourself to Grieve.
•Familiarize yourself with the stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance – you may experience some or all of these and it may not be in this order.
• Build and Utilize a Support System to assist you in coping with the death and learning to live a new “normal” life without the physical presence of your loved one.
•Seek professional help from a therapist/counselor if necessary.

Day 6: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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It’s Day 6 of Drug & Alcohol Facts Week and if you’re wondering how to Help a Loved One Dealing with Alcohol/Drug Dependence Issues, we got you!

✨Refer to previous post on how to help loved ones with abuse issues, same can apply for those with dependence issues.
✨Try to be compassionate, yes it’s difficult, but it can benefit the relationship between you and your loved one battling addiction.
✨Remember, YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR LOVED ONE, FORCE THEM TO QUIT/INTO TREATMENT/RECOVERY, OR TO REMAIN SOBER, but wait 🖐🏾YOU CAN CHANGE YOU 👉🏾 your thoughts/feelings/behaviors that may be impacting their dependence.
✨Get some support through Al-Anon and/or Nar-Anon! Visit their websites al-anon.org and nar-anon.org to get info on local meetings in a city near you.

Day 5: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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This Info is obtained from the Psychology Today Article: Five Must-Do Things if a Family Member is Abusing Drugs written by J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D

* Educate yourself about addiction.
* Do not allow yourself to be abused.
* Don’t “enable” the behavior by colliding with the user in some way or covering up the abuse.
* If any essential aspect of your own life is in jeopardy, seek professional help.
* Attend to your own health and well-being.

Day 4: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Drug Use Among Blacks

*cues Michael* “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white!” 🎶 – ‘cuz “numbas don’t lie, check da scoreboard” 🎵👆🏾 … sooo, it’s Day 4 of #NationalDrugAndAlcoholFactsWeek and today Tameika Cheek, LPC and I are assessing how you feel about the realization that drugs aren’t colorblind. We’ve extracted information from SAMSHA’s (2,899 page 😳😳😳) 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to provide you with the above chart which depicts the number of Black/African-Americans aged 18+ who engaged in illicit drug use/prescription drug misuse in 2016. What are your thoughts?! Having sorted through thousands of pages for this info, we’ve earned our keep 😂 so stop being shy and dialogue with us!

Day 3: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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  • Be HONEST – with yourself FIRST, and then with your family/friends. Accept your truth and then sharing your truth with others can follow.
  • Be SAFE – For some, this may come to your friends and family as a surprise, for others, friends and family may already know. In either situation pick a safe space and time to talk with your loved ones. The topic may be difficult for you so feeling at ease and safe is key.
  • Be OPEN – family/friends generally may have questions and may want to help. As you see fit, be open in sharing your struggles with them.
  • BE ASSERTIVE – take ownership, using “I” statements while communicating. Take responsibility.  Be assertive. Let them know what actions you plan to take in getting help with your abuse or dependence and let them know how they can support you, if they are willing to.
  • BeWARE – In some cases, friends or family may downplay your abuse or dependence. Sometimes they are the ones that you may use with, and they may not be in favor of you wanting to make changes in your life.
  • BE READY to make tough decisions in regards to moving forward with those who support you and without those who don’t.

Day 2: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

AA5It’s just *bangs on table* “shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots” until somebody develops an addiction!

Today, Tameika Cheek, LPC and I have provided insight on how to determine when you or someone you love has a substance use problem. Keep reading for more information!

— Just as an individual’s reason (i.e. curiosity, recreation, peer pressure, self-medicating) for starting alcohol or drugs may differ from someone else’s, the point at which their usage transitions from casual to problematic varies. When monitoring yourself or loved ones for potential substance use issues, pay attention to amount, frequency, and impact. Without minimizing or making excuses, ask yourself how much, how often, and how detrimental your/their use is now when compared to the past.  Noticing that alcohol and/or drugs are being consumed in higher amounts, more often, with less regard for consequences than before are major indicators. On Friday and Saturday, we will provide insight on how to intervene if you discover that you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse or dependence.

 

Day 1: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

“What makes me any different from Cooter Brown if we both po’in up⁉️,” you say? Wellllll, Tameika Cheek, LPC & I have the answer! 👀 View the slide show below to read what distinguishes social drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence. (💡 Fun Fact: Cooter Brown lived on the line dividing the North and South during the Civil War. This made him eligible for military draft by either. With family on both sides, Cooter was opposed to fighting so he decided to get drunk and stay drunk for the duration of the war so he could be deemed useless for service).

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