The U.S. has experienced a surge in alcohol and drug relapses as substance abuse becomes more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Widespread shutdowns and social distancing measures have made it difficult for those seeking guidance and treatments for substance abuse issues to secure resources.
- Laguna Treatment Hospital host free virtual 12-step support meetings each week.
- Drug and alcohol hotline provides free confidential emotional support, information on substance abuse and local resources and assistance finding an addiction treatment program.
- Drug Effects Calculator gives an estimated time of how long it might take for someone using a particular drug sober up.
- Take our anonymous, interactive OHSU Stress and Depression Survey
- How stressed are you? How would you score on depression and anxiety screening questions? Are you struggling with maintaining good health habits? Do you have questions about seeking counseling through our program?
- Visit these sites to learn more about yourself:
- Mindful Medicine
- Monthly support group and weekend retreats that aim to use evidence-based mindfulness skills relevant to health professionals to address burnout, empathy, and isolation.
- OHSU Family Network
- Network of spouses and families of medical students, residents and fellows. OHSU Family Network is a support group, playgroup, social group and an affiliate of the Oregon Medical Association Alliance.
- SMART Recovery (CBT/secular)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
Your work schedule at OHSU can be demanding and stressful. You may not be able to change your work schedule, but you can change how well your brain and body rests. If you have a hard time falling asleep, see below for relaxation apps and resources.
Sleep and relaxation apps:
"If [using a relaxation app] to help fall asleep, a general rule is that more irregular sounds (especially words) induce more fragmentation and arousal when people listen to them while trying to sleep. Noises that are more homogenized such as white noise can reduce sleep disruption from background noise and thus improve sleep." - Chad Hagen, M.D., OHSU Sleep Disorders Program
- Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most Douglas Stone
- Doctors' Marriages: A Look at the Problems and Their Solutions Michael F. Myers
- Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love Sue Johnson
- Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control Pavel Somov
- Mindful Eating Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions Christopher K. Gerner
- Wherever You Go, There you Are Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Breaking the Stigma — A Physician's Perspective on Self-Care and Recovery Adam B. Hill, M.D.
- Resilience Building Plan –Step by step guide written by RFWP
- Personal Best –by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker
- Failure and Rescue –by Atul Gawande, The New Yorker
- Mindfulness: Getting its Share of Attention –by David Hochman, The New York Times
- Editing Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings - NPR
From Gloom To Gratitude: 8 Skills To Cultivate Joy - by Allison Aubrey, NPR
Being an excellent health care provider is something we all strive to be. However, unreasonable expectations of perfection may actually set you up to be vulnerable when a mistake, adverse medical event occurs, or you receive critical feedback. Perfectionism can actually interfere with your ability to:
- Learn from setbacks and recover more quickly
- Have positive, healthy relationships with your colleagues and your friends and family
- Be productive (hint: trying to be perfect often leads to procrastination)
How do you score on the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale ?