Welcome to This Week in Recovery, a weekly recap of the 5 biggest stories and developments in the recovery industry.
Approaching addiction treatment like other forms of healthcare has shown promise in states like Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
The misconceptions and stigmas surrounding addiction could be the biggest barrier to getting people the level of treatment that they need, at least according to Vox reporter German Lopez. By recognizing addiction for the disease that it is, states like Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have successfully reversed the number of overdose deaths in their states. Efforts include expanding insurance coverage for all forms of treatment, increasing the supply and availability of naloxone, and prepping first responders to handle overdose cases.
Two non-profit organizations in the Boston area are spreading awareness of the positive benefits of physical activity for individuals in recovery.
There is a wealth of evidence out there supporting the benefits that exercise can have for individuals in recovery. Exercise can help individuals reduce cravings, boost dopamine, form positive social connections, and help treat anxiety and depression. The Boston Bulldogs Running Club and The Phoenix are two non-profits in the Boston area that have opened their doors to support people with addiction and their friends and families, through running, peer-led CrossFit, yoga, rock climbing, boxing, and hiking events.
Tribal officials from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York filed a lawsuit in federal court to hold companies that impacted the opioid crisis responsible for the devastating effects.
The suit said that pharmaceutical companies who have manufactured, marketed and distributed opioids “carried out a scheme to make doctors and patients believe that prescription opioids were safe, non-addictive when taken for pain, and could be used without long-term effects." Tribal officials said that the actions of these companies created one of the worst human-caused epidemics in medical history to impact tribal communities.
The Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) is receiving a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Health to conduct research on alcohol problems within the Native American community.
The NCARE, a research center combining resources from multiple universities in Colorado and Washington, was given a five-year, $7.1 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The research center will also provide junior researchers with grants up to $40,000 per year for pilot projects related to alcohol use and abuse in the Native American communities.
A new study published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that drug overdose rates increased in 35 of 50 states between 2013-2017.
The new CDC study that reviewed drug overdose deaths between 2013 and 2017 found that a majority of states saw an increase in overdose rates and significant increases in death rates involving synthetic opioids. “Through 2017, the drug overdose epidemic continues to worsen and evolve, and the involvement of many types of drugs (e.g., opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine) underscores the urgency to obtain more timely and local data to inform public health and public safety action,” the authors of the report said.
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