Mental health, alcohol and other drug problems can be triggered by trauma in a person's life. Domestic and family violence is one such trauma. We see efforts for change in addressing this social problem and some support services are available for women affected by domestic and family violence. The Women's Legal Service provides free legal advice and support for women escaping domestic violence. They are worth checking out.
There seems to be a view out there that having an alcohol problem is not as bad as having a drug problem because alcohol is legal. Comparing alcohol with other drug use is not helpful because the risk is that it normalises problem drinking behaviours. This thinking is also simplistic if we think about the complexities of these problems. For example drug misuse can include legal or illegal drugs. But somehow this thinking about alcohol as the better of two evils or the preferr
In this busy world we live in it can be easy to wait until we get into an unhealthy mental and physical health space that then requires lots of work, time, money and energy to turn around. Taking one step at a time we need to focus on prevention rather than cure. It shouldn't be surprising (but sometimes is) that taking care of our physical health makes us feel (and think) better. A health checkup can include a visit to the GP and booking a time with the dentist for a clean (
We have a shortage of alcohol and drug support services in our community - for people of all ages. Before we reach out for service support though we need to know whether someone actually has an alcohol or other drug problem. This can be tricky to work out at any age but especially with young people. It can be hard to identify whether drinking alcohol or taking drugs is a normal part of youth risk taking behaviour, is 'social use' or whether it has reached the 'problem' end of
I had a great conversation this week with a family member affected by mental health, alcohol and other drug problems (she knows who she is :-) We were talking about how come some people can drink alcohol or take drugs and become addicted and others don't? We talked about how many centuries have passed where alcohol and other drug problems have existed and how no-one really knows the answer to this question. We considered how family members spend so much time and energy trying
It's easy to focus on the negatives of drug use when our news is filled with stories of fear, death and hospitalisations through illegal drug use. And yes, we do need to be aware of the risks of drug use - whether we are talking about legal (prescription drugs) or illegal drugs. And agreed, at the extreme end of the 'drug use spectrum' risks can include overdose and death. But let's talk about drugs in a way that is helpful to educating people about mental health, alcohol a