Psychiatric Drugs Cause Harm — #WorldBenzoDay

July 11, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

This is the video I did last year for this day. Help raise awareness and please share it and other information about benzodiazepines today.  Visit: —  World Benzodiazepine Day: Change through Unity  (Facebook page)

Recently I wrote another post about what it was like when the illness incurred by the drugs was at its worst: When medicine and doctors almost kill you…  Because, yeah, I was on death’s door for a long, long time. It can still feel traumatic to really think about that time. I do hope we can help others avoid such a fate.

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*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before…

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Have a Story or Memory You’d Like to Share?

June 18, 2017

Have a Story or Memory You’d Like to Share?

We are currently seeking former employees (or patients) who are willing to assist us by sharing stories, photos and memories of Kentucky’s state hospitals and institutions. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please consider contacting us! Our goal is to develop comprehensive histories of these hospitals and institutions in order to preserve for future generations. Remember that these histories will be published on our website.

We are currently seeking information for the following facilities (pre-1980):

Central State Hospital
Eastern State Hospital
Frankfort State Hospital and School
Kentucky State Hospital
Western State Hospital
State Schools (Hazelwood, Outwood, etc.)
U.S. Narcotic Farm (Narco)
State and private TB hospitals

Kentucky Historic Institutions

We are currently seeking former employees (or patients) who are willing to assist us by sharing stories, photos and memories of Kentucky’s state hospitals and institutions. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please consider contacting us! Our goal is to develop comprehensive histories of these hospitals and institutions in order to preserve for future generations. Remember that these histories will be published on our website.

We are currently seeking information for the following facilities (pre-1980):

  • Central State Hospital
  • Eastern State Hospital
  • Frankfort State Hospital and School
  • Kentucky State Hospital
  • Western State Hospital
  • State Schools (Hazelwood, Outwood, etc.)
  • U.S. Narcotic Farm (Narco)
  • State and private TB hospitals

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Hazelwood Developmental

June 15, 2017

Source: Hazelwood Developmental

Western State Hospital

June 11, 2017

Source: Western State Hospital

Central State Hospital

June 11, 2017

Source: Central State Hospital

Healing from trauma is an unlayering process

June 3, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Healing from trauma as well as the waking up process, in general, is often experienced as an unlayering process. Lately I’ve been revisiting the oldest wounding again. It’s been a doozy. It’s got correlates in the body (and shows up as chronic illness via the psych drug damage–everything matters and everything is connected!) and so I’ve not been feeling well either. It’s bringing up all the stuff about the system and healers that played into my even earlier wounding. These are my latest spontaneous utterances from twitter…shared here with some editing for clarification.

tweets from my twitter timeline:

The perpetrating healer should be an archetype that’s routinely discussed in circles of any kind of helping professional.

The abuses of the perpetrating healer become more and more subtle and (even) sophisticated as the healer becomes more aware…ugly razor’s edge…the sensitive too gets sucked into the dynamic but can watch…

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Not taking an action that can provide such benefit in fighting this (opioid) scourge is not only callus and inhuman but also morally indefensible!

May 19, 2017

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

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Callus and Morally Indefensible!

Mercy Health Hospitals in an Op-ed in the May 11, 2017 Kentucky Enquirer talks about the opioid epidemic and calls for a multi-pronged approach in dealing with it. Their program of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, SBIRT, has screened thousands of patients. Unfortunately they do not give any stats that show the program is effective. They also state we should treat addiction as the disease it is. That is exactly what Nixon’s commission on drugs advised back in the early 70s. Instead we got the war on drugs!

As effective as the Mercy Health approach is, there is a more effective action that can drop the number of opioid overdose deaths by more than half. As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, States with medical cannabis laws see a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths in the first year after legalizing…

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Police Misconduct Cases

May 17, 2017

Al Gerhardstein

civilly speaking

Host Sean Harris talks with Cincinnati attorney and OAJ member Al Gerhardstein about police misconduct cases, specifically violations of the fourth amendment.

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Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms…(and thus lie to us)

May 14, 2017

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

Western medicine with it’s penchant for suppression is a real political force. In suppressing the body’s cries we are also denying the psyche. One need only look at US political process and our communities rife with racism, sexism and homophobia to see what this denial has created. Pharmaceuticals suppress symptoms and then keep one in the maintenance mode, creating customers for life and guaranteeing no real healing.

Our bodies are mirrors of our minds and psyches. The emotional, physical, biological, mental, spiritual, ecological (everything) is connected and interlinked. We must wake up to this fact if we hope to heal ourselves, but more importantly if we hope to survive as a species on this beautiful planet we call home. Right now we’re on a crash course to total destruction.

Let us learn to heal. Let us learn to listen. Let us be willing to trust in our inherently beautiful nature.

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Topics with Trish – Trauma informed care

May 5, 2017

Patricia McKnight ~~ My Justice

It may be difficult to watch, but trust me is is much more dangerous to survive!!! Please watch and share!!! Trauma Informed Care Training and I’d like to share with you exactly how we become ‘trained’ to either live in these environments, allow our kids to live in these homes, or we see the outbursts and broken behaviors of our friends and neighbors. We need this information to go VIRAL, please watch and share this broadcast to create an informed helpful and interventional path in rebuilding our beliefs and behaviors.

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