Partners of the Month – June

This month’s Partners Facing Addiction post features a prevention and support program in Tampa Bay, Florida as well as a recovery music group based in Arizona. If you’d like your organization to be considered for an upcoming Partners Facing Addiction post, answer a few short questions here. Sober Motor Company Sober Motor Company is an Arizona-based group that focuses on bringing music and positive messages about recovery …

A New 12 Step Group

A new 12 Step group called Medication Assisted Recovery Anonymous (MARA) supports people whose recovery includes medications like buprenorphine or methadone. Formed in response to stigma and discrimination in the rooms of other 12 Step groups, MARA is growing quickly. According to Slate, the stigma against people with substance disorder persists even in the recovery community. People …
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New Study Attempts to Revive Harmful Stereotypes About Addiction

Substance use disorder, which we also refer to as addiction, is an illness. However, for centuries, it has been misunderstood as a “moral failing.” People with substance use disorder, in recovery or not, were treated as morally weak, inferior, and sinful. In the last decade, thanks to many hard working advocates and activists as well as allies in our communities and in the medical field, substance use disorder is being recognized …
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The purpose of sharing this story is to provide hope to those who have suffered traumatic loss and are also suffering from addiction. From my experience I know it is not only possible, but common, to heal from both the shock and the trauma of loss, as well as addiction, and have a happy, joyous, and free life. In the year 1981, all five surviving members of …
In March, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed two bills and an executive order declaring addiction a public health crisis. New deadlines, a timeline, and a 2020 due date are getting Oregon on track to face addiction in a realistic, sustainable way. PHOTO: ERICKA CRUZ GUEVARRA/OPB Under this new order, the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission would need to deliver a plan to combat the drug epidemic by …
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Don’t click with the 12 Steps? There are other options for recovery that are just as effective, according to a new study by the Alcohol Research Group. The study compared self-reported outcomes from people who participated in 12 Step programs such as AA with those from the three biggest alternative mutual help groups: Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and LifeRing. The study concluded that …
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Employment in Recovery

Last week, Facing Addiction with NCADD and the Recovery Research Institute held an informative briefing on Capitol Hill, Employment in Recovery: Challenges & Opportunities. The briefing, hosted by the Congressional Addiction, Treatment & Recovery Caucus, was streamed live on Facebook. You can watch the forum on our Facebook page here. We were joined by Representatives Paul Tonko of New York and David Joyce of Ohio, as well as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode …
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Legacy of Addiction

As a young child, I was doted upon by my maternal grandfather, but the love and attention I received from him came with consequences I would not understand until much later in my life. At 7, 8, and 9 years old, my parents would take my sister and me to my grandfather’s on Kentucky Lake. Even as a child, I could see differences in the family. First, I got more positive attention from …

The Light of Hope

I am lucky. My son is alive. It is important for me to say that first, so you know that there is hope. There is always hope. And hope is so important. It will get you through some of the darkest times. As a parent of an addicted child, you learn so many things so quickly. You learn how to hide, how to justify, how to ignore and …
From a young age, I remember struggling with feelings of loneliness and shame. When I began acting out my addiction, it provided temporary relief from these feelings: a breath of fresh air when nothing else seemed to help. However, my loneliness and shame grew as my addiction progressed, and I began to keep my behaviors secret from my friends and family. When the chaos of my disease finally came out to my wife, …