addiction treatments

how to combat pinkwashing at pride (aka: why slapping a rainbow on everything isn’t good enough)


- create initiatives that help low-income lgbt people access banking services.

- stop allowing donations to anti-lgbt hate groups, the kkk, and other hate groups that target lgbt people.

- donate money homeless shelters and local organizations that work to eliminate lgbt poverty.

- ensure lgbt employees have access to health insurance and liveable wages.

alcohol companies:

- stop the showing of advertisements that portray binge drinking as healthy

- donate to local lgbt friendly addiction services

- start a program that teaches lgbt inclusive health services for local community organizations that deal with addiction treatment

- work in collaboration with nightclubs and bars to promote “panic buttons” in washrooms, as well as other methods of keeping lgbt patrons safe

- remove sponsorship from events and companies that are known for not being lgbt inclusive


- be a part of a political party that actively advocates for the rights and freedoms of lgbt people.

- work in collaboration with local governments to advocate for lgbt rights

- listen to the lived experiences of lgbt people and do not speak over them, or consider your input more valid than theirs

- vote for bills that help lgbt people, vote against those which hinder our freedoms and safety

- do not accept donations from people or organizations that campaign against lgbt rights.


- do not hand out promotional material at pride parades unless the information directly benefits the lgbt community specifically.

- do not use the platform of pride to advertise at all, unless doing so would specifically benefit lgbt people.

- do not treat pride like a party; it is, and has always been, a protest and a show of resiliency.

- do NOT create initiatives and events that cater only to white, able-bodied, cisgender gay men. inclusivity means ALL lgbt people are welcomed and heard.

- use your position as a straight ally to ELEVATE the voices of the lgbt community, but do not speak over them. do not tell them what they want or need. trust me, they know better than you do.

when someone says “well would you just prefer we go back to when everyone was homophobic?” you can say “no, i’d prefer that corporations and politicians do MORE than painting a rainbow sign and dancing with feather boas, and here is how they can start.”


I’m a drug addict. Duh. I basically had 3 years CLEAN & SOBER, and also lived in/ worked at a halfway house BY CHOICE most of that time. Then a few months ago, I moved back to my hometown. About 1 month ago, I relapsed… I know more than enough about addiction, recovery, relapse, addict behavior and personality, character defects, using patterns, overdose… The list goes on and on.
But what I DONT understand… Is how the FUCK, so many RECOVERING FUCKING DRUG ADDICTS WORKING A GODDAMN PROGRAM, can put those of us struggling with active addiction down as hard as they do. Like, you are so fucking lucky. You should REALLY be praying and thanking your higher power EVERY DAY for even giving you this new chance at life.!! Instead of drowning us in an already deep pool of self-hate, throw us a fucking rope.
Keep your distance.? Of course. That’s where your rope comes in. I don’t expect you guys to put your all into trying to save someone, nor do I reccomend it. Don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation like that.

HOWEVER… Just because you decided to get clean does NOT erase your past, or your mistakes. You are STILL and ALWAYS WILL BE A DRUG ADDICT. That fact will NEVER change. The ONLY difference between us and you; Your addiction will only FOLLOW you to your grave as long as you remain practicing the 12 steps and principles through your recovery….. Our addiction, without that previously mentioned rope, could very possibly LEAD us to our graves…. All you have is TODAY.
You are by NO MEANS, ANY better of a person than those of us still suffering down in that hole. Stop sticking your nose up in the air every time you pass by. Smile. Wave. Ask them about their day. If they need to talk, listen. Do not drill them with quotes about recovery. When they see how the promises are coming true in your life, hopefully they will come to you with questions. Maybe not, but at least you did your part to show them that there is a way out, and a better life.

These people are tortured and suffering… Remember.? You were in that hole with us not too long ago… You have to learn to give back what you were given in order to grow.

Like I said before, all you have is today. There is no telling what will, or could happen tommorow.

Even castles built with the strongest walls can crumble.


Americans are dying. Entire towns are being destroyed. Local economies are crippled by addiction. Yet this epidemic can be stopped, it’s solvable.

Trump’s opioid commission quickly submitted an interim report that spells out the right approach: It emphasizes treatment, education about pain management for doctors, research and data collection, and rational “supply reduction.” It spells out policy goals based on facts and science. The president should listen to his own experts. Now.

Congress and the administration must approve a 2018 budget that provides sufficient funding for Medicaid. Of the 2 million Americans in treatment for opioid addiction, approximately 30% receive Medicaid. We must not make it harder for the most vulnerable addicts to obtain treatment.

One month and a week that's 37 days!! 37 DAYS SOBER!!!

So I’ve been clean and sober for 37 days!! That’s ONE MONTH AND A WEEK CLEAN!!! I’m so proud I’ve worked my frickin ass off but I must admit without treatment and the medication to help with my emotions and cravings I wouldn’t be were I am today so shootout to my treatment facility!! :) You guys are the bomb! I’ve tried multiple times in my own to kick this by myself and two days was all I could manage before relapsing and I was headed down a horrible horrible path I’m so glad I found the courage and trust me it took a lot to reach out on my own to ask for help and break the news to my mother it was been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do I have a lot of stuff to deal with and work through but all this will be worth it in the end!!! Anybody struggling with addiction don’t give up keep trying it’s difficult to do remember be gentle with yourself it’s easier said than done and it’s OK to ask/ reach out fit help take it one second at a time…. Love all of you guys I’m here for any of you!! You’re never alone in this!!! One step at a time…

quietly-quite-quaint  asked:

hello fellow hufflepuff! do you have any recs that feature lots of magical theory and/or cool adaptations to 'classical' magic? I love reading about people's interpretations of jkr's magic and taking it a step further.

Hi there Hufflepuff friend!!

YES I DO. This is one of my favorite themes! I’m very interested in magical theory and all the incredibly fascinating & creative ideas people come up with. 

Drarry + magical theory 

All Our Secrets Laid Bare by firethesound (149k)
Over the six years Draco Malfoy has been an Auror, four of his partners have turned up dead. Harry Potter is assigned as his newest partner to investigate just what is going on.
(I feel like this is the mother of magical theory fic, what with the really interesting work on dismantling Death Eater safe houses, the descriptions of Harry’s wild powerful magic vs Draco’s very controlled magic, WANDLESS magic, magical tattoos, and the everyday work and practices of the Auror force.)

and Hope to Die by olimakiella (24k)
Strategically placed pieces of Wizarding artwork are going missing in the United Kingdom. Only, when the dots are connected to a darker plot, Harry learns that there are classified places in the Ministry that only few people get to see. And just what the hell is the Centre of Magical Intelligence anyway?
(I LOVE the idea of Draco running his own department that deals with creating and managing magical inventions and spells for the Ministry. He has a sentient ball of blue light named Blue following him around. Lots of cool things.)

Chaos Theory by Tessa Crowley (102k)
Chaos: when the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future. One gene varies, one neuron fires, one butterfly flaps its wings, and Draco Malfoy’s life is completely different. Draco has always found a certain comfort in chaos. Perhaps he shouldn’t.
(Clever and brilliant are both words that accurately describe this fic. Advanced physics, chaos theory, strange attractors, mathematics, and so on, used in a magical context. The Imperius Curse… oh, and this fic will ruin your life.)

Reparations by Sara’s Girl (87k)
Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places.
(This fic is amazing in every way there is, but it also has some very cool magical theory and world-building. Namely lot of content about Healers, medical procedures, work at St Mungos, magical drugs and the treatment of addiction.)

Azoth by zeitgeistic (88k)
Now that Harry is back at Hogwarts with Hermione for 8th year, he realises that something’s missing from his life, and it either has to do with Ron, his boggart, Snape, or Malfoy. Furthermore, what, exactly, does it mean when one’s life is defined by the desire to simultaneously impress and annoy a portrait? Harry has no idea; he’s too busy trying not to be in love with Malfoy to care.
(Harry and Draco attempt to make a Philosopher’s Stone as a final project for their apprenticeships, which is super interesting. Alchemy, Animagi, advanced Potions studies, details on higher education in the magical world, and so on.)

A Thousand Beautiful Things by geoviki (104k)
Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend.
(A war and post-war fic with lots and lots of great interpretations. More about Legilimency, a certain heartbreaking Spanish curse, how to handle Obliviate, as well as a very good take on Lucius Malfoy’s fanatic interest in dark magic.)

Eternally Consistent by kitsunealyc (44k)
Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter assumed they would never be anything but civil enemies, until Potter lands on Malfoy’s doorstep, bleeding, covered in curses, and acting very strangely indeed.
(Unbreakable!Draco who makes “paradox his bitch”, works with advanced physics and Arithmancy, lots of interesting things there, and time-travelling!)

House Proud by astolat (23k)
His house liked Draco Malfoy more than him.
(This author is excellent with the creative details, and this fic is my favorite of theirs. I love the insight on pureblood traditions and most especially pureblood family houses and they magic they hold. Harry moves into Grimmauld Place and the house deteriorates in protest, while it adores the ground Draco walks on.)

Secrets by Vorabiza (411k)
Beginning with Draco’s unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry’s summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side.
(Alternate version of the seventh book written before the book was released, so this has all kinds of interesting interpretations on Horcruxes, Parseltongue, defensive magic including the Interseptum spell, invisibility cloaks, house elf magic, the Chamber of Secrets, the DADA teaching position curse etc.)

Harry Potter and the Sentinel Phenomenon by elyssblair (122k)
Everything changes the summer after fifth year. Draco refuses to take the Dark Mark and must deal with leaving behind the life, friends and family he’s always known.The Dursley’s abandon Harry alone in the woods for a week, triggering his Sentinel gifts and leaving him hurting and in need of a Guide. Can two rivals put aside five years worth of antagonism in order to work together to save Hogwarts and each other?
(I’ve read this one so many times, because the love story is beautiful and the magic oh-so-fascinating. The writing isn’t its strongest point, but if you can look past that, it’s very worth it. Sentinel/guide AU, shamanism, souls wandering through different dimensions, soul bonds, all these super cool things.)

The Fall of the Veils by lettered (60k) 
This is the fic where Muggles find out about wizards, wars are fought, Apparition is abolished, political conspiracies abound, Draco is asexual, and Harry has Legilimency sex with him.
(I can’t properly put into words how much this fic breaks my heart, but it’s also really really interesting. This is the veils falling and wizardkind and magic being exposed to careless muggles. Theory on how magic actually works, details on Apparition and how to “disable” it, how muggle technology can imitate and influence magic, including wands. Lots of intriguing ideas.)


Transfigurations by resonant (40k)
Five years after Voldemort’s defeat, Harry returns to England to help re-open Hogwarts.
(This fic has some of the most fascinating magical theory I’ve come across, it has stayed with me for YEARS. There are traps and curses all over Hogwarts since the war and they are trying to get rid of them. We are introduced to AMAZING things such as the magic behind the Dark Marks, calligromancy, and synergy spells, as well as some cool details about spell pronunciation. I’m putting this as a bonus though since the fic unfortunately isn’t to my taste aside from the magical theory part. But to each their own, and it’s a bit of a classic I guess.)

Recovery is a conscious choice. It’s not something brought about by repeat hospital visits and pills and forced therapy sessions. Those things only supplement it. But what recovery really is, is a conscious choice to wake up tomorrow and want to live. It’s a choice to drive across a bridge and not want to jump into the water, but to admire the view.
—  anonymous

Brigitte Kieffer (b. 1958) is a French molecular neurobiologist, working mostly with opiate receptors. She is an international expert in the field, and her research has significantly added to the understanding of how the brain processes pain and drug addiction.

She was a professor at the University of Strasbourg, and went on to do research in several institutes throughout France and the United States. Her research led to the development of a new analgesic medicine, used as a treatment for addiction. In 2013 she became a member of the French Academy of Sciences, and won several medals offered by the institution.