I want you to think of the first word that comes to mind when you hear “addiction.” What was it? Junkie. Drunk. Bum. Waste. Pain.
Unless you have some personal history or an awareness of the community, usually the word “addiction” is followed by something negative. But, for some reason, we don’t have the same sentiments when it comes to other chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
This episode is an introduction into the world of addiction and how it is perceived by society. Please know that we could spend multiple episodes on this topic alone so we this will definitely be something we come back to. In the meantime, please send me any questions you have in regards to addiction at ChubbyTherapyPod@gmail.com.
Also, this episode introduces my new segment called Analyze My Meme! Below is the first one:
I found this on social media and am asking you a huge favor to help me gather more pictures, memes, inspirational posts that you want me to therapeutically analyze. Email them to me with the subject line #AMM.
Great to be back, I hope you’re enjoying the new format and we have some special episodes coming up this month so stay tuned. And remember to feed your mental health!
As a therapist, one of the things they tell us to avoid is using clichés. I believe the same is true for writers. They tend to lose their meaning and a lot of the time are blocking the person from truly feeling their experience.
For instance, making “lemonade out of lemons.” Living in the US, you hear this phrase quite often but I feel it loses its meaning when used so redundantly. Except when it comes to Kathy O’Keefe. I had heard about her prior to meeting her. The chemical dependency field in North Texas tends to be pretty close and supportive of each other. So, when you here about a mom who lost their son to an overdose who created an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to addiction, you pay attention.
Then, you meet her and she ABSOLUTELY delivers! *insert glass of lemonade*
Far from shy of giving her opinions, Kathy is a Chicago transplant living in Texas via California. She founded and is Executive Director of WTF – Winning The Fight. Her organization is well known in the North Texas area and is making an impact beyond, most recently with their new documentary “Not Me”. Check it out:
Please follow WTF – Winning the Fight on facebook and check out their calendar of events. The events they hold are great, informative, and give you hope that we are moving in the right direction. Below are links, and as always please share with your friends, family members, and loved ones who you think this may help.