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Mental Health Advocate Alison Paine with NAMI - Recovered 802

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Release Date: 03/24/2017

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Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997

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Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997

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I first experienced “Popsicle Sticks” at the Thursday Midnight night meeting at the Northwest Alano Club in Wayne Michigan. At first I hated it, then I got used to it, then it became my favorite meeting.

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Self-care looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.

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It is no more cowardly to use help in recovering from a drinking problem, than it is, to use a crutch if you have a broken leg. A crutch is a beautiful thing, to those who need it.

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The rhythm of our own special routine has a soothing effect, and an apt principle around which to organize some orderliness is—yes, “First Things First.”

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For at least three reasons, people who drink heavily often cannot

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Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us. And that is a state of mind worth aiming for.

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When we stopped drinking, we were told repeatedly to get A.A. people’s telephone numbers, and instead of drinking, to phone or text these people.

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Some of us insist that it was never the availability of the beverage that led us to drink, any more than the immediate unavailability kept us from that drink we really wanted. We live in a drinking society and we cannot avoid the presence of alcoholic beverages forever.

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Alison Paine is the mother of a college student with
co-occurring substance use disorder and major depressive disorder.
She has been a NAMI volunteer for 5 years and
is one of many volunteers for NAMI Washtenaw County.
She teaches in their Family to Family program and
presents information on mental health to teachers and
parents in schools .
Alison is passionate about learning more and sharing information on mental health to anyone who will listen because there is such a need for knowledge and understanding.

Alison, welcome to the Recovered Podcast Studio.

Alison, let’s talk about your journey.
Let’s start with your story and then we can move on to NAMI
Alison, tell us about yourself.

What was your attitude regarding mental illness before your involvement with NAMI?
What was your biggest misconception around mental illness?
Talk about the special challenges for someone with co-occurring substance use disorder and major depressive disorder.

How does stigma affect treatment?
How do you try and deal with stigma?

What is NAMI?

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization
dedicated to building better lives for
the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families in 1979
has grown into the nation's leading voice on mental health.
Today, NAMI is an association of local affiliates, \
state organizations and volunteers who
work to raise awareness and provide support and education

How did you get involved with NAMI?
What does NAMI do?

Tell us about your Family to Family Education Program

We educate.
How does education help?
Give an example of how education helps
How do you educate?
Who do you educate
What do you teach?
Where do you teach?
We advocate.
What do you hope to accomplish with advocacy?
Who do you advocate for?
Who do you advocate to?
We listen.
Why is listening important?
How do you listen as an individual?
How do you listen as an organization?
We lead.
Why lead?
If you don’t lead, who does?
How do you lead?

What was the #1 thing that is holding NAMI back from success?
What is the best Mental Illness advocacy advice you ever received?
What is something that is working for NAMI right now?
What is the best book you have read on Mental Illness?

How can our listeners get involved?
How can you be contacted?

What would you say to the person who is new in recovery and who has mental health challenges? What advice would you give to that person?

Thank you for joining us today