Compassionate care and why words matter with Bill Kinkle
Join Dan (@drusyniak) &Howard (@heshiegreshie) as they set out to change the conversation about substance use with Bill Kinkle (@billkinkle). This one comes with a warning. We will discuss graphic descriptions of drug use, addiction behaviors and stigmatizing language.
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- As we will continue to repeat over and over, words matter. There’s evidence that word choice impacts on recovery.
- Biased labels influence medical care and perceptions by health professionals, although it’s not so clear for individuals in recovery.
- Dan is taller than Howard. Dan is better at podcasting. Therefore, taller people are better at podcasting. Think that those things are related? Well, maybe in this case, yes. But, you may be suffering from Berkson’s Bias (or Paradox) . . .
- Don’t treat Berkson’s Bias with Maslow’s Hammer . . .
- Decriminalization works. Just ask the Portuguese.
- Institutionalized racism and the war on drugs.
- Highlighting the analogy of diabetes, albeit in a tongue in cheek fashion. The Use of Insulin in the Treatment of Diabetes: An Analogy to Methadone Maintenance
- A really good twitter thread from Renee Johnson, looking for suggestions ways to address misperceptions about substance use.
- Safe injection sites. Another excellent tool in the battle.
- Why don’t we approach substance use disorders like other illnesses with risk mitigation strategies and looking for the root causes? Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and social determinants of health may be the direction to follow.
- Learn more about the neurobehavioral underpinnings of addiction with Dr. Andy Chambers in one of our earlier episodes, Life Is a Highway (S01E07).
- A fascinating look by Maia Szalavitz at addiction that challenges the idea that it is a disease with a radical perspective.
- If you want more resources by people who are really good at this, check out Changing The Narrative. Special thanks to them for inspiring this episode.
- Listen to more of Bill at the Health Professionals in Recovery podcast. Or check out their website or twitter account (@ HPIRPodcast).
- Read more of Bill’s story here.
- You really only need to watch this to understand. Narcan Saved my Daddy.
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