Smash The Stigma

On Saturday night June 9th, the Young Leadership Team of Facing Addiction with NCADD hosted over 250 people for an engaging and successful educational event. The free event allowed young people the option to register for a round-robin ping-pong tournament, cleverly providing the name for the event: Smash the Stigma. Upon arrival, competitors were matched up with opponents and played four games against different players, each of whom had collected pledges for their points …
Caleigh Aviv, Founding Member of the Young Leadership Team Blog
Prescription opioid painkillers are linked to rising overdose death rates. Prevention efforts focus on limiting the supply of opioids. However, a new approach suggests that concentrating on reducing demand could be effective also. Medical sociologist and professor Susan Sered says that current legislation, which calls for expanding prescription monitoring programs, amping up the ability to seize illegal drugs at U.S. borders, training health care providers in …
Claire Foster Blog
Earlier this month, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy spoke at an event about the future of healthcare—a future where people with substance use disorder are treated with compassion and care. To change the culture around addiction, he said, we need to think big. “The role the federal government needs to play is a role in setting a vision and benchmark for where we need to go …
Claire Foster Blog
Many healthcare providers and substance use treatment facilities treat substance use disorder as an isolated issue. However, as clinical manager Brittany McCrady, MSW points out in her recent op-ed, “substance use and mental health issues are intertwined.” A personalized path to recovery allows people to get help for more than one issue, which can be critical to sustaining recovery. Substance use …
Claire Foster Blog

A Daily Fight

The summer of 2016, I was been substance-free for six years. I was married to my best friend for also six years that March. He was incarcerated all of our marriage being out only long enough for me to get pregnant with our son, and at this time I already had our daughter who was three. This is a summer I will never forget. I received the phone call my …
Within an hour of landing at the Buffalo, NY airport in July, I am helping my little sister get to the bathroom at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after she has been revived with Narcan. I don’t know it yet, but Jenny will die in six days. She has just turned 44. Since then, every day I’ve tried to understand how my sister, a college …
I am a woman who does not look like what she has been through. I have yet to meet someone who has gone through what I have. I’ve always believed that “broken crayons still color”. I turned my tumultuous past into a great testimony! I became heavily addicted to prescription painkillers in 2002 after a knee surgery before …
San Francisco is making plans to open safe injection sites for people with substance use disorder. The city has increased its harm reduction and outreach efforts, in an attempt to help people who are at risk for overdose. “If we’re going to save people’s lives, we can’t wait for [people with substance use disorder] to come to us. We have to go to them and engage. And …
Claire Foster Blog

A Voice of Recovery

My substance use started in the 7th grade with marijuana and alcohol and quickly progressed to opiates by the 8th grade. At that point in my life substances gave me courage and what I thought was “swagger” or some sense of being cool. When I got into high school it no longer gave me that cool feeling because I was in the midst of full-blown addiction. I was being suspended from school, getting …
A new report shows that alcohol and tobacco are still more deadly and damaging than heroin. Although illicit substances often capture the focus of the media as well as prevention efforts, “socially acceptable” substances are worse for your health. New research shows that alcohol and tobacco are more commonly used, and more dangerous than other substances. Science Alert said, “On average, smoking accounts …
Claire Foster Blog