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    Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

    In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

    Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

    IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

    #research #CDC #IASP #OpioidCrisis #PainManagement #Opioids #Painrelief #prescriptionopioids #Dontpunishpain #ChronicPain #PainManagement #OpioidEpidemic #OpioidCrisis #opioidtapering #forcetapering #Dependence #Addiction #opioidprescribingguidelines #OpioidHysteria #fearofopioids #opioidrestrictions #chronicpainpatients #deprescribingopioids #abandonment #untreatedpain #OpioidUseDisorder #SubstanceAbuse #PainKillers #StopTheStigma #Holisticcare #qualityoflife #noonesizefitsall

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    Helping people recover and heal from addiction

    Adrienne is passionate about helping people recover and heal from addiction. She is so passionate about it, that she created a recovery residence community for people just out of treatment for addiction. She believes in community, support, and continuity of care. Listen to today's podcast episode on how Adrienne helps people to stay sober and heal from addiction.

    #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #SubstanceAbuse #SubstanceMisuse #SubstanceUseDisorders

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    Hitting Rock Bottom: Alcohol Use Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

    In May 2021, I hit rock bottom after I was rejected 13 times by law schools and went off all my meds. After I went off my meds my mood began to shift and I slipped into a mixed episode.

    My world came crashing down right in front of my eyes. My dreams of becoming an attorney were over. I was convinced I would never get into law school.

    This when the impulsive behavior started as my mood kept shifting I began drinking excessively and using drugs. I was a month away from graduating from college and I was on my path to self-destruction. I wanted to destroy myself so I did by excessively drinking, using drugs, and partying everyday.

    Within a span of two weeks I had run into trouble with the law and was almost arrested three times in a row because I was high on drugs and intoxicated. This was my rock bottom. I had gone off all meds and was almost arrested three times. I was about to lose the one thing I had going for me: graduating from college.

    At my lowest point I had realized what I had done to myself and I was filled with shame and guilt. As someone who grew-up being a perfectionist and high-achiever in school I could not believe everything I had done.

    Two years later, I now live a sober life that is very clean and healthy. I could not ever imagine going off my mood stabilizers again, I learned my lesson. I now realize that hitting rock bottom was a wake-up call for me that has now helped me stay on the path to recovery from all addictions.

    For those of you struggling with an addiction, just know that you are not alone in this struggle. We just do it in silence because of the shame we feel. If you are battling with an addiction, speak about it. You will be surprised to find out that many of us too are struggling with an addiction. You are not alone, I promise. #Bipolar #SubstanceAbuse

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    Don’t Wait

    Too often we are waiting
    For the next thing to come around
    “That’ll be what saves me,
    Because otherwise, I may drown.”

    No. What you are waiting for
    May not happen this day, month or year
    Harsh to say but it’s the truth
    You may not even recognize it when it’s here.

    But your life is happening now
    It’s in the moments all around you
    Don’t let them go by without
    Cherishing at least a few.

    Sometimes joy just comes
    Some of us are not so fortunate
    It takes willful thought and care
    To bring the happiness towards us.

    So, try. What can it hurt?
    See what the day brings
    When you expect more than normal
    From everyday people, places and things.

    I think you will be surprised
    And at the very least
    You’ll have realized things that aren’t perfect
    Can still bring you a measure of peace.

    #MentalHealth #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #ChronicIllness #Disability #MightyPoets #CheckInWithMe #DissociativeIdentityDisorder #PTSD #SubstanceAbuse #Addiction #Recovery #EatingDisorders #Psychosis #Schizophrenia #SoberSupport

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    Welcoming even more members!

    Hi all! If you’re just joining us, welcome! Please take a moment to tell us your story, so we can be part of your recovery. If you need support, just ask. Help is only one post away.

    #SubstanceAbuse #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #Sobriety

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    Hello to our new members!

    I’ve seen that we’ve had a few new members join us recently, and I wanted to say hello and welcome! Please feel free to post and introduce yourselves - tell us a little of your stories if you’d like. If you need support, please post. We are here for you and all of our members.

    Remember, folks - #wedorecover and you never have to use again!

    #SubstanceAbuse #Addiction #AddictionRecovery

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    I’m new here!

    We’ll kind of new. I redownloaded the app after not using for a while. Hello! I’m a 29 year old phlebotomy student who struggles with some mental health disorders and wishes to connect with other people who can relate. I’m diagnosed with Bipolar II, Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Dermatillomania, ADD - Inattentive, and I also have a math learning disorder call Dyscalculia. I have struggled extensively with self harm and suicidal ideation, and have had periods of substance abuse. I used to struggle with Anorexia Nervosa but now it’s flipped to Binge Eating disorder. I have experience with being inpatient at psychiatric hospitals and residential eating disorder treatments centers. It’s weird being so transparent and vulnerable with my diagnoses but I hope to find a community here.

    #personalitydisorder #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2Disorder #ADHD #BipolarDepression #BingeEatingDisorder #EatingDisorders #Selfharm #Dyscalculia #SubstanceAbuse #Anxiety #Dermatillomania #Depression

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    THANK YOU , thank you!

    I just recently made it through an extremely difficult phase in; I love to learn-about myself, ha! and love to feel a healing moment when I read one of your shares. It’s fantastic! The Mighties give me strength, knowledge; kind of an inner support system!🥰🤟🏾 Much love and many thanks to all of you!
    #Bipolar1 #Depression #GAD #emotionalspouselabuse #PsychologicalAbuse #SubstanceAbuse

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    Forming new habits: If it were that easy..!

    When I think of forming new healthier habits, the phrase “if it were that easy anybody could do it!” comes to mind. I recently heard about #piggybacking ; take behavior you can realistically target and attach it with another positive. I want to increase time spent reading. I love my morning coffee-time. Coffee and reading then tidying up are now, hopefully, one big happy task I’ll try to tackle each day. Success breeds success! 🤟🏾 Do you have any habit forming advice to share? #GAD #Depression #ADD #ADHD #Bipolar1 #emotionalpsychiligicalabuse #SubstanceAbuse #PTSD