Happy November! November brings so many great things our way.
It is ‘Addiction Awareness Month’, and ‘Manatee Awareness Month’. Both of these are super important to me.
Besides being a blog writer, I’m also a mental health counselor. Every day, I have the chance to walk beside people who are facing addiction daily.
I stick by them as they struggle as well as celebrate their successes.
So, I wanted to use this week’s challenge as a way to also bring awareness to the strength it takes to survive addiction.
One important reason to shine a light on addiction is that since Covid hit, overdoses have increased by 50% in the United States.
So many people are unwilling or unable to understand and recognize that 40-60% of an individual’s risk for addiction are genetic.
Katherine Minnaar is psychedelic artist from Michigan who created the above piece about alcoholism with Sharpies.
Did you know that every year, nearly 40,000 babies are born with fetal alcohol syndrome in the US?!
Addiction starts for many reasons. Take Pete Davidson, for instance.
He has been in and out of rehab and his addiction started as he was medicating his Crohn’s disease.
He later found out he had Bipolar Disorder, which leads to the question: Which came first, the addiction or the mental illness?
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Pete, like many people, might have been self-medicating, leading to his addiction.
Pete Davidson isn’t the only person who has struggled with addiction in the public’s eye. Justin Bieber did as well.
He reports popping pills like the psychoactive drug known as MDMA or Molly, and dabbling in hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Justin states drugs were both a way to escape and as regular teenage experimentation. His wife thinks he was self-medicating.
The above drawing is on display as part of an exhibit called “INTO LIGHT: Erasing the Stigma of Drug Addiction,” at Daura Museum of Art.
Theresa Clower turned art into a coping skill for the grief she lives through after losing her son to addiction.
Theresa stated “It is my hope that by viewing the portraits and reading the narratives of people who have suffered from this insidious disease, people will begin to change their attitudes about what addiction is and come to see those who have suffered as people just like all of us. We each have our light side and our dark side. No one should be defined by their darkest moments.”
Her Blaze wants to join Clower in her goal to end the stigma and we need your help!
Send us your addiction themed art this week. If there’s a story that goes with your art, share that too!
As Dean Dauphinais said, “Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.”
We couldn’t agree more! Hope is a wonderful thing!