Over the last month, Wake the Nation began posting about our Holiday Memorial for those who passed from "overdose". In posting, the flyers were shared on various Facebook groups related to substance use disorder. It was on one of these pages, a family member of someone who had passed away from alcohol use disorder asked … Continue reading Language Matters: How “overdose” excludes
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
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Sobriety is defined as the state of being sober and the definition of sober, is outdated, referring to being unaffected by alcohol.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”.
Language matters. This isn’t breaking news; we’ve been saying it for years. And when it comes to language surrounding health, the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” is far from true. Particularly when it comes to language surrounding addiction, words can prevent people from accessing treatment. Now … Continue reading Language Matters: The word “Addict” and not letting your struggle become your identity.
In response to the following post... Typically when we think of a habit, we think of a regularly practiced tendency that is difficult to give up. But there are other definitions of a “habit” such as it is a person’s “bodily condition”. So you are right, addiction is a habit. But the definition this … Continue reading Do we really need to keep arguing about choice?