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Spotlight On ‘The Addiction Angel’

If you've earned a nickname like "The Addiction Angel," then you know you're doing something right in the world of recovery. And Staten Island-based nurse Alicia Palermo-Reddy wears that moniker with pride. Thanks to her charitable work with addicted patients and recovering users, she's become...

Recovering With Disabilities

Did you know that people with physical disabilities are at a higher risk of developing an addiction? For one, they are often in more physical pain (thus requiring more prescriptions). They also have a higher likelihood of forming depression (another cause for using). So you...

Controversial Alcoholism Treatment Gains Notoriety

Conquering alcoholism has never been an easy task. And now, one new treatment option is gaining notoriety (partially because of its controversial approach). The Sinclair Method focuses on going against the grain, by encouraging continued drinking and using pills to help curb the urges. And, interestingly enough,...

r/opiates Forum Becomes A Reddit Phenomenon

There is no denying that we are now in the midst of the digital age. Back in the day, crisis hotlines were where people turned to if they were battling severe addictions. Now, however, that destination appears to be Reddit.com, thanks to a particular message...

When Parents Become Recovery Advocates

It may be hard to believe, but nearly 10 years have passed since up-and-coming actor Heath Ledger lost his battle with addiction. Right on the brink of superstardom, the 28-year-old Dark Knight star passed away in his hotel room after taking a lethal mixture of pills. Since then, Heath's...

D.A.R.E. Program May Return To Schools

Back in the 1980's it was hard to avoid the national D.A.R.E. campaign, which was put out by lawmakers and meant to teach kids about addiction. Known as Drug Abuse Resistance Education, it included public school visits, commercials, board games, billboards and much more. It also...

Opioid Addictions Are Impacting The U.S. Economy

How bad is America's opioid addiction crisis, you ask? So bad that Janet Yellen, the head of the United States Federal Reserve, has spoken out about it and referenced it as a serious pain point for the national economy. And this wasn't just a light conversation....

Venmo App Being Used For Drug Purchases

As much as we love technology, we understand that it can have a downside. For every positive app touting recovery and sobriety, there are countless others that can enable people to use. And though the mobile transaction service Venmo has become very helpful for people making online payments, it...

How Recovery Schools Can Work For Students

This week, NPR shared a very insightful article about the recovery experience of teens and students. As we all know, addiction can strike people at a very young age and there are times when an intervention is needed during middle or high school. The question then...

The Importance Of Bereavement Groups

It's a known fact that an addiction doesn't just touch one person. It touches that person's family, their coworkers, their friends, even their entire community. So we make it a point to ensure that whoever is going into recovery also gets support for those who...

The Rise Of ‘Functioning Alcoholics’

The New York Post recently published a very telling article about the state of modern alcoholism. Using movie star Brad Pitt as an example, they demonstrated the sharp rise of drinkers who don't realize they're drinkers. These are people who have serious addictions to the bottle, yet still seem to...

How Addictions Are Shaping Political Campaigns

There is no denying that issues like the opioid crisis are having a major impact on communities across the U.S. But now, the epidemic has become so big that politicians are using "addiction" as part of their campaign rhetoric. In the state of Ohio, for example, Governor...

Rumer Willis Becomes Sobriety Icon

There's nothing better than a recovery message "going viral." And this week, actress Rumer Willis helped make that happen with an incredibly popular Instagram post touting her six months of sobriety. Nearly 20,000 people "Liked" the inspiring message and it ultimately got shared on sites like...

Uniting Faiths To Fight Addiction

We recently ran across an article that we found to be incredibly inspiring. U.S. News and World Reports published a piece from Rhode Island, which highlighted a special anti-addiction event involving several different religious leaders. Held at a Baptist Church in Providence, the gathering is set to...

Spotlight On Moms Fighting Addiction Stigma

If you've been following our blogs, you're probably aware of the Spotlight Feature we publish from time to time. That section is usually reserved for high-profile people making a difference in the fight against addiction. Well, we also think it's important to highlight the unsung...

Meth Lollipops Becoming New Trend

There's nothing worse than taking a dangerous narcotic and disguising it as something harmless and fun. That, of course, is the intention behind the sudden rise of meth lollipops, which have been making headlines across the U.S. These dangerous candies are incredibly potent (and incredibly addictive)....

New Tech Hopes To Bring Recovery To The Workplace

Imagine if there was an online service (provided by the company you work for) that could instantly connect you to a recovery program tailored to your needs. If it's alcoholism, a few phone swipes could customize your eventual healing process. If it's pills or narcotics,...