Looking Beyond The Peephole of Addiction

Bev Kelley-Miller

There are many books about addiction.  Some are written by mothers who give you a glance into their private world of what it’s like having a daughter who is NOT in recovery when the book begins such as if you love me: A mother’s journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction (Henry Holt: 2018) by Maureen…

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Addiction Stigma Keeping Away Those Who Need Treatment

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 The Surgeon General Jerome Adams states that “stigma keeps people from coming forward and asking for help.”  Stigma is defined as a set of negative beliefs that a group or society holds about a topic or group of people.  It can affect a person’s self-esteem based on assumptions, preconceptions and generalizations, wrote Lauren Villa, MPH,…

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When Grandma Becomes Ma

When my father suddenly died in his thirties, my Mother had to go to work to support four children. Her different jobs included bookkeeper, fabric converter (I still don’t understand what that involved), creator of a terry cloth tunic that was publicized in Ladies Home Journal. During my Mother’s absence, my eldest sister “Betsy” would,…

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Honoring Those Lives Gone From Opioid Overdose

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The American Medical Association on August 14th warned that more than forty states have reported increases in opioid related mortality, according to ABC News.com.  The increase is not surprising because of the isolation generated by the Covid-19 virus. Each year, National Overdose Awareness Day is celebrated around the world.  It is a time to learn…

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Enabling or Caring?

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When I was growing up, the BIG “C” was whispered among my parents’ friends. It was as if that disease as well as less serious health concerns such as hysterectomies, were regarded as moral failings, not to be discussed. To be sick was to be weak Years later, the dreaded Cancer was talked about openly,…

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