A term which has been a misused and often misunderstood through the years. It is also a controversial topic in the field of addictions and mental health therapy. However, It is a dynamic that exists in dysfunctional relationships where alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness weigh heavy within family systems. The controversy lies within the scope of how it is defined. Addiction medicine professionals may define it differently than a mental health therapist or a psychologist.That said, codependents share similar symptoms and behavioral characteristics across the vast spectrum of behavioral health sciences. By the conclusion of this blog, my hope is that you will be able to define codependency as it pertains to you and your life experiences. Please keep in mind that healthy relationships have elements of co-existing dependency. Also keep in mind that there is always hope regarding the ability to overcome codependency in its debilitating state. Like the disease of addiction, codependency recovery is where hope springs eternal.
Well, June 2018 is here and we look to recognize and promote PTSD awareness. I prayerfully wish PTSD was recognized every month of the year instead of just June being used as its symbolic month. That said, I'll take what is available!
I bring you awareness and recognition by way of CRUSHING common myths/stereotypes. Follow my lead. Good stuff to share with you!
Myth One: PTSD sufferers are 'victims.'
Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds
By Loren Grush | ·Published April 15, 2014
Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects.
For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.
"This term is a bit more complicated than merely "smoking opium". It starts when you have your first high, the world is peaceful, everything is perfect, you're numb, but in the best way possible. But, soon, it starts wearing off. Fast. Your mind races, you're pulled out of your dream world. You crave the drug more and more, wanting to feel the same way as you did on your first high.
PTSD and the Limbic System. Limbic System- A complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger). This nerve system structure is located on both sides of the Thalamus. 'Emotional Life' is housed in the Limbic System, and it has a great deal to do with memory formation.
"Feelings are PURE energy contained inside of our bodies...all generated by our amazing brains. Tragically, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...a catastrophic explosion of energy within our brains...can cause physical damage to brain tissue...it can atrophy in parts of the brain directly affected by the trauma experience...primarily...the Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Amygdala, and Pre-Frontal Cortex.
Over 500,000 new generation combat veterans are walking among us with untreated PTSD. Untreated PTSD is a DIRECT contributing factor regarding suicide attempts and successes among our combat vets. We are losing at LEAST 40 of our warriors to suicide every 24 hours. One every 12 minutes! In 2012, the VA provided a statistic that quoted 22 vet suicides every 24 hours. THEY WERE AND CONTINUE TO BE WRONG! They white washed that statistic. That in and of itself is a national disgrace. IF the FACTS were to be accurately portrayed...the understandable BACKLASH would be off the charts.
Interventions are for the family not just the addict. There is freedom on the other side of this disease for everyone. Your family can thrive and live a life filled with beauty and peace of mind. Make the call today! 561.676.6435.
Startling Statistics: Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began we have lost over 210,000 veterans to suicide between 2001 and present day. One veteran commits suicide every 12 minutes or 40 veterans per day. 69% of those who commit suicide are over the age of 50. Every day we lose one active duty soldier to suicide. We have well over 500,000 veteran warriors with untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder walking around among us. 65% of those with untreated PTSD are also suffering from addictive illnesses. Since 2001, there has been a staggering 578% INCREASE in the use of opiates by our returning veterans. At least 60,000 of our 500K(+) vets are homeless. Scores of our combat warriors are lost in the shuffle of the criminal justice system as a direct result of their untreated combat trauma. 42% divorce rate among our combat vets. Our nation is experiencing a staggering 10% unemployment rate for our men and women returning from the Middle East...almost DOUBLE the non-military national average.
We are needlessly and senselessly losing a whole generation of our young heroes. The ramifications of this tragedy could extend well beyond the tragic loss of life as the result of untreated PTSD and addictions. The future of our all volunteer military force and National Security could be at risk. Please reach out for help. If you know of a veteran who is struggling, call me. We will come up with a plan of action. You are not alone!