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How Mindful Are You?

Written by: Nancy McCormack MSN, RN NC-BC, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

When we think of celebrating, weddings, anniversaries, friends or even just Fridays, many of us choose to gather at a local establishment for a few drinks. We blow off some steam, laugh and “take the edge off”. In this country, as well as many others, alcohol remains a staple for many celebratory occasions, or even venting, collaborating or “supporting” someone through a difficult time.

In the era of mental health and wellness awareness, is this something we should now recognize as a downfall to many we love. Are we setting the stage for something far greater than “dinner and drinks”? How often do we remind ourselves that alcohol is part of our substance abuse disorder repertoire and can often be abused...


None of us would intentionally risk the welfare of our friends or loved ones. So why is it that we normalize the idea of “mom juice” when advertising alcoholic spritzers, or wine, have commercials that support the notion that we as humans, celebrate with alcohol. How often do we consider the recovering or struggling alcoholic among us having to explain why they aren’t drinking while someone with a drink in hand is free from interrogation?


I find that oftentimes we neglect to realize the impact our passivity has on others, especially those diagnosed with a substance use disorder.


Do we unknowingly discriminate? Because substance abuse does not. It affects every race, gender, creed and economic status and is estimated that approximately 18.4 million people have had at least one substance use disorder, including alcohol, in the past year: and one in four families are impacted. So, when we decide to drink, the general rule is “drink responsibly” but how “responsible” are we?


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Nancy McCormack MSN, RN NC-BC, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Nancy McCormack is a board certified Nurse Coach focusing on mental health and wellness. Her training throughout almost two decades of Nursing has been exclusive to the mental health population, including substance abuse and eating disorders. She is currently the owner of EverPresent Health and Wellness, dedicating her practice to empowering those struggling with mental health disorders. Nancy focuses on integrative nutrition, mindfulness, and person-centered care to promote wellness and sustainability. She also is a university professor sharing her knowledge and experience with new nurses in order to break down barriers and eliminate the stigma surrounding this population.

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