Holly L Campbell, CADC, RMSR, SQP

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Addiction: A Disease Delegitimized by Stigma


Professional medical associations, such as the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Medical Association, define addiction as a disease just like diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. Articulating a usable definition of what “disease” actually is can be surprisingly difficult, as notions of health vary by context. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary generally defines disease as any […]

via Addiction: A Disease Delegitimized by Stigma — Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Free CEU Webinar


Addiction has a stigma attached to it, causing many to blame the struggling individual for their problems and assume that they should just be able to stop using if they want to. But the effects of substance use can change the chemistry of the brain, making the task of “Just Saying No” seem inaccessible. This […]

via Gateway Treatment Centers Offers Two Free CEU Webinars: “Understanding Addiction: Why Can’t Those Affected Just Say No” — Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Heroin Summit works to end current St. Louis overdose epidemic — FOX2now.com


ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- As heroin overdose rates continue to climb in St. Louis County, experts and activists are will attend the St. Louis Heroin Summit to discuss the best way to combat this epidemic. While law enforcement and addiction experts occasionally disagree on the root causes of this problem, it is unanimously agreed […]

via Heroin Summit works to end current St. Louis overdose epidemic — FOX2now.com

Staying Sober During the Holiday Season


Remaining sober can be especially hard during the holidays.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, and other social occasions can be very difficult for someone who is in early recovery.  Thoughts of past holiday occasions often bring up memories of celebratory drinking, drugs, or gambling.

Take this opportunity to celebrate not only the holidays, but also your new life of sobriety, which is something really worth celebrating.  If you find yourself struggling during the holiday season, please remember that you are not alone.  Help is only a phone call or meeting away!  Here are some helpful and practical tips to make staying sober easier:

Plan each and every day of your holiday season:  Plan to spend the majority of your time with friends and family who are supportive of your recovery.

Find a meeting in your area: Many groups have special meetings during the holidays to share their experience, strength and hope. Check the local papers for a meeting in your area.

Ask for support from family and friends: Those who are truly supportive of your recovery will be happy to help you throughout the holidays.

Have a list of ten people you can call: Make a list and check it twice. Carry your cell phone and list of names at all times.

Don’t forget about regular exercise: Regular exercise is an essential component of any balanced recovery program.

Stay away from slippery places: There is absolutely no reason to ever check out your former favorite establishments.

Create new traditions to replace your old using patterns: Buy a new board game or take the family on a sleigh ride.  Use your imagination, be creative, & have fun.

Write out a daily gratitude list: The quickest cure to get you out of the holiday blues is by counting your blessings and being grateful for what you have every morning.

Volunteer your services to a charitable organization: There are many people in your community who are less fortunate than you. You will be helping not only the needy but yourself!

Write a letter to yourself – “How I stayed sober over the holidays:” The act of writing your ideas on paper is very powerful. Write down all the activities and events that will help you have healthy, happy, and sober holiday season.

Avoid H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely , Tired):  If you are hungry, get something to eat. If you are angry, talk to somebody about it.  If you are lonely, go to a meeting or call a friend.  If you are tired, get a good night’s sleep.

Live one day at a time and enjoy your sobriety: Stay in the moment and live one day at a time. Never mind about what happened or what could happen. Enjoy today. Live today. Celebrate your sobriety!

Want to reduce mental illness? Address trauma. Want to save the world? Address trauma.


Want to reduce mental illness? Address trauma. Want to save the world? Address trauma..

The Informal Pharmacy


“Globally it’s the brand of Small Town Insanity” 
( The Informal Pharmacy )

All the boys in a row fraternally
withhold and grant opportunistically.
Surviving on the “no tell” philosophy
developing the powers of dependance.
Selectively affecting the destiny
while bearing toxic gifts of gratuity.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Look behind the mask of the propriety.
See through the window of opportunity.
Around the view promoted politically.
Past the misuses of history
to the avoidance of present reality.
You’ll uncover the local gentry.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

The gentry laugh unceasingly
playing the game blatantly
banking on the prosperity.
Users take it humorously
while looking at the hypocrisy
recognizing the fraternity.
Their victims aren’t always the enemy.

It has to be dealt with truthfully.
Know what to look for you will see
which of the pillars of the community
hold the keys to the informal pharmacy.
Living beyond their means materially
toys for the boys can be costly.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Ironically victims possess the key
to the powers of the local gentry.
Votes of disapproval don’t you see
can close the window of opportunity.
Spoken in united group harmony
only your truth will set you free.
Globally it’s the brand of small town insanity.

Strangers don’t go away accidentally
seeking distant equal opportunity
it’s just not their brand of insanity.

Author: James L. Halstrum  ( The Stone Shadow )
(C)  1991 All rights reserved.

Suicide Lifeguard App


Suicide Lifeguard is a FREE app intended for anyone concerned that someone they know may be thinking of suicide. It provides information on:

• How to recognize warning signs of suicide • How to ask about suicidal thoughts and/or intentions • How to respond and • Where to refer

Features include:

• Immediate connection to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline • Specific resources for:

o Military/Veterans o Those who identify as LGBTQ o Spanish speaking individuals o Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing

• Direct access to national and Missouri resource websites

Suicide Lifeguard is a FREE app that is now available for both iOS and Android phones.  To learn more, or download the app, please visit: http://bit.ly/Lifeguard-app

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