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Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Substance Abuse and the Risk of Suicide:
How to Help a Loved One
By Guest Blogger Melissa Howard
How to Help a Loved One
By Guest Blogger Melissa Howard
Substance abuse has been linked to many other disorders and issues, from depression to thoughts of suicide. While using substances doesn’t automatically mean an individual will also be at risk for other dangers, there is a greater possibility that they will. If you have a loved one who is abusing substances, it’s so important to try and understand what they are going through so that you’ll know which symptoms to look for. Help comes in a lot of forms, but it will be difficult for you to assist your loved one if you aren’t prepared for what they’re going through.
It’s also important to do some research on the various treatment options available to your loved one. They may be feeling overwhelmed or unwilling to reach out for help because they are afraid of what the future holds, but if you can help them find a treatment that works for them, they may be more willing to accept your assistance.
Keep reading for important tips on how to help your loved one if you’re worried that they are a danger to themselves.
Do Some Research
Substance abuse covers a lot of territory, including alcohol, opioids, and prescription medication. They all affect an individual differently, making it necessary to do some research on the type of substance your loved one uses. It’s also important to keep in mind that substance abuse and mental health disorders often display similar effects, making them difficult to diagnose separately. Not only that, some individuals use substances to cope with undiagnosed disorders such as depression or PTSD, leaving the two intertwined and more difficult to separate.
Look at Different Treatment Options
The type of treatment that your loved one needs will vary depending on their history and the state of their mental health. The two most common options include holistic treatment -- which looks at the state of the body, mind, and soul as a means of recovery -- and a 12-step program, which may or may not be associated with a religion-based treatment and can be done as either inpatient or outpatient therapy. Read on here for more information on the various treatment options that are available for your loved one.
Many people who are living with substance abuse feel isolated from friends and family because they are either ashamed of their behavior or because they feel that they don’t belong. Sometimes, having someone to talk to -- someone who will listen without judgment -- can be the best thing for someone who is battling addiction. It can be difficult to initiate a conversation with your loved one about what they’re going through. Doing so may be the catalyst for their recovery.
Help Them Find a Safe Place
If you believe that your loved one is a danger to themselves or to others, it’s imperative to help them find a safe place. Remove any items that may pose a threat or be used as weapons, and if you fear for their immediate safety, call 911 as soon as possible. Helping your loved one find a safe place where they don’t feel threatened is important if they are having suicidal thoughts.
Helping a loved one who is living with substance abuse can be stressful, so it’s a good idea to practice self-care as often as possible. It will be much more difficult for you to help them if you are suffering from anxiety or a lack of adequate rest. With a good plan and a bit of research, you can begin getting your loved one the help they need.
Monday, August 6, 2018
[SDCPJ] NEWS ADVISORY: Local Veterans Ask The Public To Stay Home And Not Attend The September Miramar Air Show
Subject: NEWS ADVISORY: Local Veterans Ask The Public To Stay Home And Not Attend The September Miramar Air Show
Update:Tonight (Monday, August 6th) from 5:30 to 7 PM will be the first of series of veteran "bannerings" on the Carroll Canyon I-15 overpass encouraging the public NOT to attend the September Miramar Air Show.For more information, to request veteran speakers for your organization, or to obtain interviews with local veterans, please contact USAF Veteran Dave Patterson at 760-207-9139 or at email@example.com.
Note: A brief memorial to a recently fallen veteran, who there with us on the overpass last year, will follow at 7 PM.
NEWS ADVISORYFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELOCAL VETERANS ASK THE PUBLIC TO STAY HOME AND NOT ATTEND THE SEPTEMBER MIRAMAR AIR SHOWWhat:The San Diego Veterans For Peace, the local chapter of a growing international veterans educational organization, begin their third season of asking the public to stay home from the upcoming September Miramar Air Show and instead to do something wholesome and worthwhile with their kids.Chapter members and friends will be out of the Carroll Canyon I-15 overpass with banners and flags each week (see below) up to the date of the air show encouraging the public to stay home from this unwholesome, unnecessary, dangerous, and costly event.When:For the third consecutive year, local veterans will be on the I-15 Carroll Canyon overpass at the following dates and times:Monday, August 6th 5:30 PM to 7 PM (with memorial to
afallen vet to follow)Friday, August 10th 4 PM to
6PMFriday, August 17th 4 PM to
6PMThursday, August 30th 4 PM to
6PMThursday, Sept 6th 4 PM to
6PMThursday, Sept 13th 4 PM to
6PMThursday, Sept 27th 4 PM to
6PMWho:Local veterans of all five military services including those who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans For Peace is a 501-C-3 veterans educational organization recognized at the United Nations.Why:The Miramar Air Show glorifies war with an exciting show of speed, power and noise. It celebrates the skills and machinery that exist to kill, maim and destroy. The show is very dangerous .... 10% of all Blue Angel pilots have been killed in shows or accidents. Miramar jets have already crashed in San Diego neighborhoods. Lastly, the show is a misleading recruiting tool for our youth and exists to allow defense contractors to showcase and sell their latest tools of death.We invite the press and public to join us on the I-15 Carroll Canyon overpass at the dates and times listed above.For more information, to request veteran speakers for your organization, or to obtain interviews with local veterans, please contact USAF Veteran Dave Patterson at 760-207-9139 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.Watch the independent documentary below ("Disneyland of War") to see what is really happening at the Miramar Air Show.This news advisory submitted by:Gilbert E. FieldDirector for CommunicationsSan Diego Veterans For Peace858-342-1964
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Please pass this email along to everyone you know. Tell them to show up and to also sign the petition demanding real-time radiation monitoring. Together, we will show our Government that we care about a safe and healthy living environment for ourselves and for future generations.
Subject: How you can help stop the SONGS beachfront nuclear waste dump
Friends,Southern California Edison needs one last permit from the California Coastal Commission to complete the San Onofre State Beach Nuclear Waste Dump, which would be the largest nuclear waste dump in the U.S. and only 108 feet from the ocean. They would bury it only 8" above the salt water table in 5/8th inch thick metal containers that are guaranteed for 20 years and yet dangerous for 250,000 years. Duh.The only way Edison can get its final permit is with the approval of a new State Lands Commission Environmental Impact Report (EIR).You can help thwart them by attending one or all of these three important meetings.o Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6 PM –State Lands Commission Public InputOceanside City Hall, Civic Center Library Community Rooms330 N. Coast Highway Oceanside CA 92054 (Get MAP)o Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1 PM –State Lands Commission Public InputHoliday Inn Express San Clemente North Pier Ballroom35 Via Pico Plaza San Clemente, CA 92672 (Get MAP)o Thursday, August 9, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 PM –Edison Community Engagement PanelQLN Learning Center, 1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside, CA 92056 (Get MAP)Can you trust Edison to look out for your best interests?First, Edison was deceptive when it claimed to replace the old steam generators at SONGS with 'Like-for-Like' replacements as required under Federal law. Instead, they installed new, experimental generators that failed after 11 months.Second, when those experimental generators leaked deadly radioactive steam, Edison kept it a secret from the public for 17 days. Finally, Edison routinely discharges radioactive water into the ocean from its spent nuclear fuel pools without any advance warning to the public!Enough is enough. This is your chance to speak out and let your voice be heard.What to say: "The State Lands Commission Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is insufficient and incomplete because …"1) There is no real accountability: This State Environmental Impact Report enables Edison to "self-monitor" issues that will impact our environment when they demolish the buildings that contain dangerous radioactive waste.2) There is no real time independent radiation monitoring. Edison has $4.2 Billion in public money (our money) for decommissioning. Because we know now that Edison can't be trusted to tell the truth, we must speak out and insist they spend a few thousand dollars on real-time independent radiation monitoring across Southern California. (check out SAFECAST live radiation monitor one mile from San Onofre here).3) The EIR recommends a disaster response "Honor System:" The draft report gives Edison sole authority to 'Self-Monitor.' What's more, when they find a problem they have also been given the power to "Self-Mitigate" – that means when Edison discovers a problem while demolishing SONGS, the Lands Commission trusts them to figure out the solution, too! What's wrong with this picture? Lots.4) It could permanently jeopardize Public Beach Access: Public access may be blocked to surfers and beachgoers during demolition. Although this report claims that the beach will be closed "temporarily," it could result in permanent closures due to exposure of radioactive waste materials in the buildings they are about to demolish.5) It threatens our entire transportation system: Nuclear waste exposure from the demolition of SONGS could potentially shut down or paralyze the Interstate highway and the rail corridor; the second busiest in the country… but not one word of this in the EIR. They only discuss transportation in terms of radioactive waste removal.Join us and other responsible citizens in speaking out against this atrocious Draft Environmental Impact Report on August 7th, 8th, or 9thTogether, citizen advocacy groups are pursuing independent radiation monitoringAlthough technologies do exist that can publicly report radiation releases instantly, Edison has refused to use them to monitor radiation and make the results publicly available in real time. We don't need Edison's permission to do this and we are working with other prominent nonprofits to make as-it-happens radiation readings at San Onofre a reality.Please pass this email along to everyone you know. Tell them to show up and to also sign the petition demanding real-time radiation monitoring. Together, we will show our Government that we care about a safe and healthy living environment for ourselves and for future generations.Remember, this is the LAST permit Edison needs to finish its beachfront San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump. Don't give them the permission they need by not showing up!Sincerely,Charles Langley Public Watchdogs(858) 752-4600P.S. Sign the petition demanding real-time radiation monitoring at SONGS, and be sure to show up on the 7th, 8th, and 9th.
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Subject: ACTION ALERT - Saturday Sept. 8, San Diego!
ACTION ALERT - Saturday Sept. 8, San Diego!
The Peace Resource Center of San Diego Endorses
RISE FOR CLIMATE ACTION!
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018
San Diego City Hall, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101, on Civic Center Plaza at 10am. Live music, inspiring speeches, and participatory actions will be followed by a shortmarch to South Embarcadero Park where we'll have music, tabling, activities, voter registration, and a Kid's Zone with games and face-painting.Climate change is THE continuing crisis for the world, the nation, California, and San Diego. Worsening wildfires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, locally and world-wide; the poorest communities hit first and worst, but everyone, and everyone's children and children's children, to pay the price. The oceans, lands, air and waters are being decimated. Yet, government doing not just not enough, but actively making things worse. STAND UP, FIGHT BACK - come out on Sept. 8, make noise and take action! WE MUST change this. SAVE THE DATE! Much more information at:
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