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By
Pattie Vargas

When first you were gone, I was adrift. 

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The holiday season is tough for people affected by addiction. This year it's looking even more so, as COVID-19 continues to keep us isolated from friends, family, and support systems.

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We spoke with Dr. Lisa Hunsicker about pain management during and after breast reconstruction surgery. 

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By
Courtney Gallo Hunter, VP, State Policy

As the federal settlement dollars begin to come in, we must ensure that this money is spent wisely.

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Soft, stylish, functional face masks—and every purchase support's Shatterproof's mission.

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By
Dean Dauphinais

During stressful times, it's important to take care of yourself—especially for caregivers.

Nancy Liptak Stronger Than Addiction Challenge

For the month of September, we challenged everyone to choose a bold action to show how they were stronger than addiction. The results were incredible.

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By
Cristina Rabadán-Diehl

So many things unite us, including our perception of drug addiction and substance use disorders (SUD). Those are topics we don’t talk much about.

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By
Cristina Rabadan-Diehl

Addiction is so hard for everyone, no matter where you live, but perhaps for those of us who speak a foreign language, there is an element of insecurity and a culture barrier.

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If stigma has silenced you, please know that you are not alone. It's time for us to speak louder than stigma.

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Join Melissa Etheridge, Corey O’Brien, Brandon Mitchell, and more to shatter stigma and support recovery.

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ATLAS is a free, web-based platform that helps exhausted, distraught and confused people find the help they need.

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Dr. Joe Smith, an anesthesiologist in Virginia, is committed to raising awareness about the importance of increased access to non-opioid options.

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By
Bill Bradley

Try typing “treatment center” in a search engine. You'll find endless results ranging from professional treatment center “chains” to places offering outdated, often ineffective approaches.  

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By
Courtney Gallo Hunter, VP, State Policy

Access to evidence-based treatment for behavioral healthcare continues to be a significant challenge, and this lack of care is one of the many reasons why overdoses are rising in many states.