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Substance Misuse Disorder Referral

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On May 28th, 2017 the Boston Globe and STAT News reported on patient brokers, middlemen who steer people who are struggling with addiction to unscrupulous for-profit treatment centers in places like Florida, where the treatment can be substandard, expensive, and detrimental to recovery.  The article can be found here: https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/28/addict-brokers-opioids/.

If you work at BU and you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol, opiates, cocaine, or other drugs that may be affecting functioning at home or at work, we can work with you to help you find a treatment center that is reputable and accepts your insurance. Before calling the 800 numbers listed in ads for treatment centers that look too good to be true, contact us:

CRC telephone: 617-353-5381

Med Campus telephone: 617-638-5381

Contact us through our online web form

 

 

How to Cope with Winter

Let’s face it- winter in Boston can be hard.  The lack of sunlight, the cold, and the letdown from the holidays can really do a number on our sense of happiness and well-being.  Add record-breaking amounts of snow to a typical dark and dreary season, and we are bound to find ourselves experiencing high levels of  depression, stress and anger. How can we cope with the effects of a winter that does not seem to end?

U.S. News & World Report has an article about how to deal with snow rage.  The author, Angela Haupt, breaks down the symptoms of snow rage and lists some things that you can do if you find yourself  more short-tempered than usual. Many of her suggestions also work for the more general stress and unhappiness that occurs during this time of year.

Be aware of your emotional and physical state.  If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, anxious, or angry, take a break from what you are doing. If your body is tensing up, or you can feel negative emotions building to a boiling point, looks for ways to calm yourself.  Try to take some slow, deep breaths. Think about something that you find calming, or that makes you happy.

Now is a time to find activities that you enjoy. Find a good podcast, or listen to some music that outs you in a good mood. Watch a movie, TV show, or video that you enjoy. Read a book or magazine that eluded you during the warmer months.  Talk to a good friend or someone positive in your life- even if it is a short conversation, it can brighten your day, and may help the other person as well.

Take care of yourself.  Lack of sleep can exacerbate irritability. It can be challenging, but try to get enough sleep.  Food can affect your mood; try to eat healthy.  When you are stuck indoors and might have trouble getting to a grocery store, that can be hard.  Don’t give up completely and use the bad weather as an excuse to eat food that might make you feel good now, but  will make you feel worse later on. Try to get outside, even if it is cold and the sun does not appear to be out. Open up your shades and blinds to bring as much natural light as possible into your house.  If you can exercise safely, continue some version of your regimen.  If your typical exercise routine is not viable, now might be a good time to try something different.

If you feel as though you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, here is some information from the Mayo Clinic on what it is, and how to manage the symptoms.

If you work at BU and would like to talk to someone in the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office about winter stress, or stress and anxiety in general, feel free to contact us for free, confidential counseling. You can or use our contact  form, or call us:

Charles River Campus: 617-353-5381

BU Medical Campus: 617-638-5381

Stay safe and warm!

 

 

Resilience and Mindfulness for Physicians

Karen Brouhard, a counselor in the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, recently presented a workshop for physicians that dealt with stress and burnout.  The workshop focused on ways to address the stress and burnout, build resilience, and learn about the resources available for physicians through both Boston Medical Center and Boston University.Click on the Resilience and Mindfulness Program for BMC Physicians link to see the presentation.