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The social stigma attached to addiction and addiction recovery inflicts innumerable harms to individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Two people in recovery recently emailed me sharing quite different dilemmas—each flowing from stigma-induced caricatures of addiction and recovery.

On a beautiful early fall evening, a nip in the New York Greenwich Village air, I anxiously arrived at the Sheen Center to hear 12 well known advocates for recovery address over 250 concerned and caring civilians attending “Care Talks,” the inaugural event hosted by the McShin Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.

Among the mixed bag of findings and conclusions drawn from the new release of data from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), opioid use did not show substantial increases in 2016, but the prominence of illegally manufactured fentanyl and its analogs means the opioid crisis continues to grow more deadly. Meanwhile, marijuana use among youths nationally has not increased, but adults ages 26 and older are using at a higher rate.

October 6, 2017

The Recovery Bill of Rights originally drafted in 2013 is a statement of the principle that all Americans have a right to recover from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. We called on all Americans and our elected officials to take action to build communities of recovery that will support the more than 23 million Americans and their families still needing help and to end discrimination facing the over 23 million Americans in long-term recovery.

Lawmakers in both chambers are renewing a push to overhaul the privacy protections for medical records related to addiction treatment and have support from a range of groups including doctors and insurers. But many consumer groups are wary of the effort.

How are we to understand the true impediments of substance use recovery if we don’t include the ones who hold the experiential knowledge?

Addiction hijacks the brain’s neural pathways. Scientists are challenging the view that it’s a moral failing and researching treatments that could offer an exit from the cycle of desire, bingeing, and withdrawal that traps tens of millions of people.

Lack of funding, recovery housing cited as challenges in Dover, NH: Leaders in the recovery field and their community partners discussed what challenges them Monday morning during a legislative breakfast and panel discussion at SOS Recovery Community Center in Dover.

Road Recovery, Bon-Ton Stores and Vanilla Star Jeans Collaborate on Unique T-Shirt to Help Support Parents, Families and Youth.

Recovery can mean different things to different people but the core message seems entrenched in a sense of self control and self improvement. So I asked a group of friends in the online recovery community what recovery means to them. - Olivia Pennelle via The Fix