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Matters To A Head: Cannabis, Mental Illness & Recovery

Matters To A Head: Cannabis, Mental Illness & Recovery [Kindle Edition]

Kate K

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    This astonishing, witty and highly readable new book explores the links between cannabis and mental illness through the personal and professional experiences of New Zealand author Kate K.
    The book combines valuable tools for recovery from dual diagnosis disorders with an insightful look at the socio-political context of our mental health system and societal attitudes towards drug and alcohol use.
    The author questions the notion of cannabis as a ‘soft drug’, and challenges mental health providers to embrace the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of recovery to improve outcomes for people with co-existing addiction and mental health disorders.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 362 KB
    • Publisher: First Edition Ltd; 2 edition (5 Aug 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005G7ZFZ2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #693,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into aspects of the mental health system in New Zealand.. 23 Oct 2012
    By Mike D - Published on
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    Coming from New Zealand, suffering from a mental illness, I found this an interesting read. One of the things I found most interesting is her comments about how many people out there just never make it into the mental health system, and not for want of trying for some really desperate people. I found the comments about the use of Isolation rooms very troubling as a form of punishment, especially when used long term it is just cruel. The book had some really funny parts that many readers who have done the pot thing could relate to and laugh about in retrospect.

    I find her idea that Cannabis partly caused her problems obviously true as it sounds as though she really was addicted, just like an alcoholic would be to their booze. I have a friend who is very similiar. The fact that she ended up having to put booze, pot etc behind her is well justified, considering how out of control she was with its usage. At the same time there are plenty of stories out there of responsible use of cannabis where it has assisted people greatly..i.e. "Cannabis and Cancer" a great read.

    The author's insights into the mental health system with all its faults and the good that it attermpts to do is very insightful. I found that the desscriptions of how she found in Narcotics Anonymous a "sponser" to help and guide her along a new path really uplifting and hope inspiring. It makes me wish that more of us, lonely, crazed people who fall below the line of being committed could get more help, or even find those important support people so essential to help one take a step up. As she says, when you are so different from everyone else, it is really difficult to even accept a hand of friendship on those rare occasions when it is offered, and that just keeps the isolation and anger burning.

    I take my hat off to her for her successful efforts to become a nurse, what a buzz that must have been! Overall a great book that tells a tale that needed to be told. There needs to be more though, by those who have fallen through the gaps and not got into the system. Thanks so much for the book!
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