Innovation. In the most basic terms, innovation can be defined as something that meets a need. It is the intellectual curiosity and creative inspiration that results in new strategies, processes, techniques and solutions. Wake the Nation acknowledges the weakness that exist in society's perceptions of substance use disorder and mental health and vows to create … Continue reading Innovation: The value that drives.
Where does one begin to describe the loss of a man responsible for saving thousands? The passing of our friend, mentor, and hero, Dan Bigg of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, this past August, was and is a devastating loss for harm reductionist around the world. Dan who pioneered harm reduction, safe syringe needle exchanges, and … Continue reading Remembering the Patron Saint of Harm Reduction
It might only be fall but the Wake the Nation team is preparing for winter. Each year, the Wake the Nation team looks forward to hosting our annual Holiday Memorial. Though we dread the ever-increasing amount of ornament requests, not because of the work, but because it represents such loss, we feel sincerely privileged to … Continue reading Reasons for the Holiday Memorial…
Wake the Nation recognizes that privilege and access have heavily influenced and advantaged voices that drive advocacy and policy change in relation to drugs, substance use disorder, and mental health, as well as the US society in general. For us, culturally inclusivity embodies diversity and builds opportunity for greater collaboration. It is imperative for any … Continue reading Cultural inclusivity: The value that flows within
Compassion (noun) :sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it At the root of compassion is the Latin words, “com” meaning, “with, together” and “pati” meaning, “to suffer”. In the mid-14c. compassion or rather, “compassioun” meant “suffering with another”. Today’s definition includes a significant alteration, “a desire to alleviate” such suffering. … Continue reading Compassion: The value at heart
Sobriety is defined as the state of being sober and the definition of sober, is outdated, referring to being unaffected by alcohol. (Interesting, how it only mentions alcohol, right?) Today most people reference being sober in regards to being free from mind altering substances. And truthfully, when you factor caffeine, nicotine, and psychotropic medications … Continue reading Language matters: “Achieving” Sobriety, Defining your Recovery, and Reducing Harm
The word “clean” has been a part of language surrounding drug use and addiction for years. But we use it for other topics too, such as clean eating and clean living. It sounds positive and health focused and we need those components when talking about substance use disorder. However, clean’s antonym is “dirty” and “being … Continue reading Language Matters: The dirty truth about the word, “Clean”.