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Know someone who’s struggling? Send them a sunshine box! Here’s an easy, cute idea that you can put together quickly. It always made my day when I got mail in treatment. Sometimes people don’t know what to send to a friend who is in treatment so here are some ideas:
If your friend is in an inpatient or residential level of care you will need to check and see what items are permitted within the facility before sending. Otherwise, have fun creating your care package! I made mine a sunshine theme and decorated it with yellow confetti and sunflower stickers.
If you drink more alcohol than you want to or should, you’re not alone. A nationwide survey by the National Institutes of Health found that 28 percent of adults in the U.S. are heavy drinkers or drink more than is recommended.
Yet, most heavy drinkers don’t get the help they need.
“The biggest problem we have in the field is that less than 10 percent of individuals with an alcohol use disorder get any treatment whatsoever,” says George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Part of the challenge, researchers say, is that many drinkers don’t realize that a medicine long used to help people addicted to opioids quit their drug habit can help alcoholics and other heavy drinkers cut back, too.
I think the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced is my abuser actually becoming pretty normal. It’s the weirdest thing.
On one hand, you’re happy that they won’t hurt people. You’re happy that they’ve learnt to manage their emotions. You’re happy that some of the fear of seeing them is lifted off your shoulders. But at the same time, you are so angry. You are traumatized already. It’s just more proof they they can move on while you’re stuck here. The have DESTROYED you, and now you don’t even have someone to be mad at. Or at least you’ll always feel a little guilty that you resent them. They might not yell at you, or call you fat, stupid, worthless, manipulate you, threaten you… but everyday they’re hurting you. And they always will be.
But they get to be recover. They get to be forgiven -And they genuinely have changed… maybe they’re even sorry for how they treated you. But they can form normal relationships. They can cope. They can move on.
(Disclaimer: I am not a professional on mental illness or medicine, this is simply advice based on my own experiences with major depression and treatment. So understand it’ll probably not gonna apply to everybody, and take it with a grain of salt)
To those who are or think they might be mentally ill, or are currently or will be taking various medications, it’s important you know one thing:
The medicine alone is not going to “fix” you
That is not to say medicine isn’t effective or crucial, because it absolutely is. This is not a criticism of medicine, on the contrary. Medicine is often vital to mentally ill people.
But medicine is only half the process. The medicine will help balance the chemistry of your brain. It’ll release the chemicals you’re lacking and suppress the chemicals you have too much of. But it will not rewrite the synapses in your brain. It won’t destroy your old habits and create new healthy habits out of thin air.
It’s up to you to rewrite the chemistry of your brain. The medicine only gives you the tools you need to do it.
The medicine will help you get the clarity you need to identify patterns of behaviour or thought, and help you understand the core causes of your mood. But it’s up to you to overwrite those pattern and create new ones. It’s up to you to identify when your behaviour or mood or thoughts might be going off track, and eliminate them, overwriting them before they get reinforced in your brain.
The medicine will give you a healthier brain, but it’s up to you how you use it.