International Overdose Awareness Day, The Epidemic Within the Pandemic.

I decided to postpone the benefits of meditation until next week, and post one day early because today, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day. Why am I writing about this in a bipolar blog? Because over half of bipolar sufferers, including me, have addiction issues. It is easy to find statistics on bipolar suicides or on overdoses, but there are no statistics that I can find say how many people with bipolar disorderoverdose. Common sense tells me overdoses happen to those that suffer from bipolar disorder.

Overdoses are called the epidemic within the pandemic. It is an epidemic, the deaths, and suspected deaths, from an overdose, went from 177 in 2019 to 337 in my province of just over a million residents. Currently, 2021 is on track to surpass that, with 221 deaths recorded up to mid-August 2021.

This is leaving a lot of families and loved ones grieving a preventable loss. How this issue of overdose can be prevented is up for debate. There is the safe injection site group on one side and the tougher laws group on the other. I have no opinion on the rightness of either side of the argument. I believe something needs to be done to deal with the root of this problem which is mental health issues.

Unfortunately, in most of the world, it is governments that must deal with mental health issues. The issue most governments face is that there is no one pill fix-all solution to this problem. Mental health issues are as individual as the people that suffer from them. Healing mental health issues requires two things, a willingness on the part of the individual to get better and support for that individual. Government can only create support; they cannot make individuals use those supports.  

I believe the only real solution is to take a line from the 12 step programs, “it is by attraction rather than promotion” that will solve this issue. We need to make sobriety and mental wellness more attractive to the individual. This can be done by sharing the success stories of those who have gained sobriety and mental wellness. Knowing that there are successes will attract others to find their own success.

Please let me know in the comments about your experience with bipolar disorder and if you found this information helpful to you. Please like and share this post.

As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives. 

The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.” 

I say,” Work hard on yourself, and everything else falls into place like magic.”

Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere. 

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Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work.  I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Jessica Migala, originally published in Everyday Health.

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