"From my own life, I still cannot believe that my life is what it is because I should have died in Wales, drunk or something like that."
“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.”
The world of comedy is often associated with drinking, drugs, and debauchery. Many comedians perform in nightclubs where drinking is not only encouraged, but even required. For comedy lovers who wish to remain sober, it can be difficult to attend stand up shows due to the atmosphere, though there are plenty of non-sober comedians who don’t rely on alcohol or drugs to get a laugh. Here are 5 Stand up comedians who have been on the sober wagon for years now.
October 10, 2018 is being celebrated as World Mental Health Day. The goal of WMHD is is to raise awareness about mental health issues around the globe and to encourage support of mental health services. Every year, the World Health Organization designates WMHD with a specific theme.
“Good, bad, indifferent: It’s ephemeral. So sit in it for a minute and experience it. If it sucks, it too will be gone in a minute.”
Taking the first steps to enroll in treatment for drug and alcohol dependency can be a frightening endeavor. Many prospective patients may be admitting that they have a problem for the first time. They may be unsure of what kinds of programs and people they will encounter while in treatment. They may also fear lost time away from work and their families. If you or a loved are considering enrolling in some kind of treatment center, here’s a breakdown of what you can possibly expect on a day-to-day basis.
Prescription drug abuse is one of the most serious issues facing the United States. According to the latest survey on substance use by SAMHSA, among people 12 years or older there are currently 3.3 million individuals who are currently misusing prescription pain relievers. Of these people, 6 out of 10 indicated that the main reason they misused pain relievers was to alleviate physical pain and more than half indicated that they had obtained the last pain relievers they misused from a relative or friend. It is difficult for the nation to combat this problem, as many individuals do require pain management medication in order to get through serious injuries or chronic pain. However, too many Americans wind up hooked on these medications and the burgeoning black market has allowed drug cartels to fill the demand with a cheap alternative, often in the deadly form of heroin or fentanyl.
College students are one of the highest risk demographics for developing a substance use disorder. The stress of maintaining a social life, performing well in class, coping with separation anxiety, and possibly having to work part-time can make college more difficult than many people realize. In this context, many college students may find themselves faced with the onset of mental health and substance abuse problems for the first time in their life. Given that this period of time is one of the most critical junctures in a person’s life, there is a pressing need to make sure that resources are available to help college students. Here are some startling statistics about mental health and substance use among college students:
All year round, the United States celebrates national observances each month that help shed light and remind us about issues that may not always get their due recognition. Mental health disorders are typically not brought up in daily conversations, but when we pause to acknowledge them for a few days at a time, it can go a long way towards encouraging others to come forward with their stories and share in support and advocacy. October is typically associated with other observances such as Halloween and “Sober October,” but the month is also National Antidepressant Death Awareness Month. You’ve likely never heard of this before, and that is why the designation for the month exists.