• Addiction: The Disease That Lies

    I learned of four addiction-related deaths this weekend. Three were people I knew in Portland, Oregon, recovery circles and the fourth was Amy Winehouse. Tragically one must get used to such news if you spend a lot of time with those who have this disease. Whenever someone with addiction dies, I grieve the lost potential […]

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  • Raising the bar for recovery residences

    A group representing recovery homes in Georgia promotes standards as this residential option expands Written by Beth Fisher, LCSW, MAC, CCS, is President of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences (http://www.garronline.org/). Recovery residences today suffer a similar dilemma faced a generation ago in professional counseling. Anyone with a house or a room to rent can […]

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  • Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps

    Marya Hornbacher, author of the international best sellers Madness and Wasted, offers an enlightening examination of the Twelve Steps for those with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. In this beautifully written recovery handbook, New York Times best-selling author Marya Hornbacher applies the wisdom earned from her struggle with a severe mental illness and addiction […]

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  • Adolescence ‘Critical Period’ for Initiation of Substance Use

    Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction1 started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18, according to a national study released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. The study, Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem, reveals that adolescence is […]

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