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Thursday, January 27, 2022

January Letter from the Editor

The cover story this month is about renewal of the mind, and after the past year or so, most of us need a reset. According the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma ranks 3rd in the nation for percentage of citizens with mental illness and 2nd in the country for rates of substance abuse disorders. Yet, treatment for either is expensive, and often not available enough to be effective, especially for those that don’t have insurance or can’t afford it.

This month’s cover story focuses on 3 different types of help that you may or may not be aware of. Of course most have heard of AA/NA, but maybe not in relation to helping deal with the loss of a loved one. Celebrate Recovery is free, and offers opportunities for guided 12 step studies and can help with not only substance abuse, but other issues you might be struggling with such as codependence or trauma. Traditional, and non-traditional, counseling is also an option.

Personally, I have struggled very publicly with many issues, and I have found all three have been beneficial towards being a better human and dealing with my problems, including childhood trauma, PTSD, and attachment disorder. What you should know is that if you are struggling YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The new year is a great time to deal with the issues that are bringing you down. The first step is to show up. Have a great year everyone!  

Robert Faulk
Robert Faulkhttps://enidmonthly.com
Robert R. Faulk is the Publisher and Editor of the Enid Monthly. Robert graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science and has his J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is originally from Oklahoma City, but is happy to have lived in Enid since 2004 and calls it "home."

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