Archive for September, 2009

Recovery Month 2009 Comes To An End

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Today is the last day of September, representing, among many things, the end of this year’s Recovery Month. Over the past month, we shared different personal stories of alcohol and drug addiction and recovery. Some were better-known stories than others, others simply from better-known storytellers; we had stories of long-lasting sobriety and others of multiple attempts at sobriety.

Most importantly though, all were deeply personal and shared in the spirit of healing through honesty.

As Recovery Month comes to a close, we would like to hear from you. What did you do to celebrate your or your loved one’s recovery throughout the month?

What will you do to commemorate the final day?… Read the rest »

New Poll Suggests Americans Willing to Include Addiction Treatment in Health Care Reform

Monday, September 28th, 2009

A new poll released this month suggests that Americans on both sides of the aisle support including addiction treatment in health care reforms. Furthermore, a great majority of Americans polled are willing to pay to make treatment options more affordable and accessible.

The poll, sponsored by the Open Society Institute for Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap initiative who advocates accessible addiction treatment options, found that Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike agree that treatment is an effective, ongoing process. Furthermore, the poll shows that:

  • 77% of Americans support including addiction treatment in health care reform
  • 69% support paying $2 more a month in health insurance premiums in order to make addiction treatment more affordable, and thus accessible
  • 47% report having an inadequate number of affordable, quality treatment options in their community
  • 49% reported that they could not afford the costs of treatment if they or a family member required help

Of those polled who knew or knows someone who has looked for addiction treatment, 46% reported difficulty finding affordable, quality services.… Read the rest »

Teen Substance Abuse: Family Dinners Are the Key

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

According to new report released Wednesday, September 23 2009, by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, teens who have infrequent family dinners are, overall, more likely to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

The Importance of Family Dinners V is part of the Center’s Back to School Survey.

CASA reports that teens with infrequent family dinners, qualified as less than five times a week, compared t0 teens who do sit down to family dinners five or more times per week, are:

  • 1.5 times more likely to drink
  • 2 times more likely to smoke tobacco
  • 2 times more likely to use pot
  • about 2 times more likely to acquire prescription drugs and marijuana within an hour, suggesting regular drug purchasing and/or use
  • 2 times more likely to expect to try drugs in the future
  • 2 times more likely to have friends that use marijuana or ecstasy
  • more than 1.5 times more likely to have friends that drink, abuse prescription drugs, and use methamphetamine
  • almost 1.5 times more likely to have friends that use cocaine, acid, and heroin

Furthermore, the study looked at frequent family dinners without distractions versus infrequent family dinners with distractions, and found that teens are three times more likely to smoke pot and tobacco, and two and a half times likelier to drink alcohol when having infrequent, distracted family dinners.… Read the rest »