WASHINGTON — The fumbled response to the first coronavirus case potentially contracted within a U.S. community, in California, shows how health professionals on the front lines can be quickly overmatched by the stealthy disease. And the prospect of more widespread outbreaks could put major stress on state and local health departments that are underfunded and … Continue reading MEDIA: Coronavirus PANdemic vs. opioid EPIdemic?
A brand new part of my job as a peer coach is to work alongside a real-deal employment specialist, and I'm super excited about it. This will only bolster the services that patients will be receiving in the way of various guidance that can be applied to their own lives. Her name is Emma Young … Continue reading PODCAST: Sitting down with employment specialist Emma Young
Don’t Blame Yourself There’s a good chance the alcoholic or addict will try to make you believe that it is your fault that he or she picked up. The addict will tell you that if you didn’t say or do certain things, the relapse wouldn’t have happened. This is absolutely not true. Alcoholics have the … Continue reading FOOD4Thought: Trouble in relationships
NOTE FROM LOU: Here is another drafting of part of the magazine article I wrote for this month's issue of Journey magazine that didn't make it to print. I understand completely that magazines only have so much space for content, and they do have to be conscious of their advertisers. Thankfully, I'm able to share … Continue reading ENTRY: Forwardness Forever (Rest of the ‘Journey’ article)
I aim for redemption by way of self-reflection; we should all do the same. We all must become willing to explore deep self-reflection in order to become whole. Many of us in this "sober movement" understand that, in order to shed the old, we must become willing to take suggestions (The Steps from AA) #1, … Continue reading FROM-1-2-1: Shedding the Darkness
Although you probably remember learning about mitochondria and the Cold War back in high school, there’s one lesson we all wish we’d learned then: that leaving our teen years behind does not necessarily mean being acne-free. While most of us hoped that our breakouts would be the least of our worries after our prom photos … Continue reading SHARED: Yet another use for CBD oil… stampin’ out acne! (RJ Plant)
Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that sends the body into overdrive, is surging through the United States. Federal drug data provided exclusively to NPR show seizures of meth by authorities have spiked, rising 142% between 2017 and 2018. "Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs," says John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government's National … Continue reading MEDIA: Seizures of Meth, Coke, Other Stimulants Surging in US – NPR
BOSTON, October 13, 2018 – “We now understand that addiction is a chronic relapsing disease”, said Dr. Martha Kane at a HUBweek event about addiction treatment and recovery for young adults. Dr. Kane, the clinical director of the Addiction Services Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, added, “everyone needs an individualized treatment plan.” Dr. Scott Hadland, … Continue reading “One size fits all treatment doesn’t work,” said addiction specialist at HUBweek — (un)titledmx
And without further ado, here it is, my interview with tribal member and advocate Athena Lamson of the Penobscot Nation!
As a person facing true substance use disorder, you do in fact have many options when it comes to attaining sobriety, and in turn a life built around everlasting recovery. Inpatient rehabs are widely considered the gold-standard when it comes to initial sobriety. I say 'initial' since, just as with any option for treatment, getting … Continue reading ENTRY: MAT Protocol in Need of Empathy–NOT Sympathy