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Addiction or Mental Illness: Which Should You Treat First?

Photo by Matúš Kovačovský on Unsplash AA is cloaked in misconceptions and mysticism: a society of “former drunks” who tout spirituality as a means to ...

Nightmares on Repeat

My dream recall is vivid and detailed. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had nightmares so intense that they carry over into my ...

Follow Your Bliss…Differently

“Follow your bliss.” I love that phrase, follow your bliss, it came to mind today. It can mean something different for those of us with ...

Create Your Own Motivation

When I was drinking, alcohol was obviously causing problems galore. Perhaps more troubling was how I used alcohol to cover real issues. It worked, sometimes. ...

Yes, You Can Travel for Work With a Mental Illness

The most invisible and stigmatized of all health issues are mental illnesses. It's fucked up, but disclosing a mental illness while looking for a job can impact your ...

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities

Memories, Parts of Self, and Cohesive Identities Recovering repressed memories is possible. Trauma is subjectively experienced. Flashbacks are real. Depression is physical. These are all ...

domestic violence

Dangerous Words and the Internet

Content Warning: online harassment, online predators, child exploitation   Sometimes you have to go back in order to move forward. Like a mystery novel where ...

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of Abusers

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of an Abuser Isolation is the number one tool used by abusers. Isolation breeds desperation nurtured in an environment where an ...

The Truth About Sexual Assault

quick facts on sexual violence in the united states what is sexual violence? sexual violence is both physical and psychological, it encompasses violent and non-consensual ...

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

One thing about trauma in PTSD is that it starts to show itself when you're safe(r) than before. Our brains are working on overdrive trying ...

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Photo by Abdi Lopez on Unsplash So, you're in a relationship, and something feels off. You don't know what it is, but you have an ...

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash TW: Sexual assault Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: consent. Consent can ...

addictions

Is Guilt Selfish? Regret, Shame, and Relapse

Since guilt is cited as a frequent relapse trigger, we need to uncover the layers of internal regret. Looking back over journals from different periods ...

39 Excuses for Not Drinking

Other people shouldn’t have a problem with you saying no to a drink. Unfortunately, as with many scenarios, "no" is not always accepted as a ...

Denial and Blackouts: A Vicious Cycle

Blackouts are drug-related amnesia. Binge drinking can lead to memory loss and make it difficult to form new memories. Someone in a blackout might turn ...

How I Learned to Love Meditation

I spent so much time dulling my senses with alcohol, it wasn’t until I got sober that I could appreciate the intensity of this city. ...

Will Big Pharma Support a Non-Addictive Opioid?

With painkillers like OxyContin, the overdose reversal drug naloxone, and detox/maintenance medications like Suboxone, the pharmaceutical industry is making a profit off people addicted to ...

5 Happiness Tips When You Have PTSD

Living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and her bluesy sister, depression, has drastically changed how I handle everyday life. PTSD changed me from a ...

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emergency contacts

Domestic Violence

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

200 languages (USA based)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
Online chat

hotline.org

1-866-879-6636 (USWOMEN)

International toll-free
pathwaystosafety.org

Suicide Prevention

In an emergency call 911
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1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Connect with a local crisis center (USA based)
TTY 1-800-799-4889
Online chat
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

IMAlive

Virtual crisis center
imalive.org

International

Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide
suicide.org
Wiki listing

Young People

In an emergency call 911
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1-866-331-9474

Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
Online chat
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
loveisrespect.org

1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)

Child abuse hotline (USA based)
childhelp.org

1-866-488-7386

LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
Online chat
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
thetrevorproject.org

Crisis Support

In an emergency call 911
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Crisis Text Line

24/7 support
Text: “HOME” to 741741
crisistextline.org

1-800-273-8255

Crisis call center (USA based)
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
crisiscallcenter.org