By putting faces and voices to the disease of addiction and the promise of recovery, we can lift the curtain of conventional wisdom that continues to keep too many of us hidden and without access to lifesaving treatment.
Face It TOGETHER Aberdeen, a organization that started discussion locally in 2012, had an open forum last week to discuss plans to start fundraising and have an office open by June 1.
ABERDEEN, SD - A Sioux Falls based organization established to help people facing addiction is expanding to the northeast part of the state.
A year ago, state officials were certain they had devised reforms to rescue Oregon's addiction treatment system from decades of neglect. Instead, state officials are spending money and manpower to fix reforms that don't work. Oregonians suffering from substance abuse are still waiting for better care. And taxpayers still aren't seeing any relief from a public health crisis that costs them an estimated $6 billion a year.
As a young girl, Alana Levinson struggled with the shame of her father’s substance abuse. But when she looked more deeply into the research on children of drug-addicted parents, she realized society’s “conspiracy of silence” was keeping her—and possibly millions of others—from adequately dealing with the experience.
What exactly is it going to take for America to wake up and take the addiction problem by the horns? How many more people have to die before it becomes a health crisis worthy of "Ebola-like" action?
Thousands of people in this country die every year from the disease of addiction, yet only about 20 percent of the people who are afflicted seek help. Many times people are ashamed, afraid and intimidated because of the stigma placed on them.
Watch Pat O'Brien's interview with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show. O'Brien is promoting his new book, "I'll be back right after this", and will be in Sioux Falls September 18. O'Brien is a survivor of addiction and opens up about his days when he was still battling the disease, how he got well and what being a survivor of addiction means to him today. "Addiction is the only disease people don't admit they have," said O'Brien.
For more than 80 years, 12- step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous have helped millions give up drinking for good. But today, more and more experts are calling for a change in how doctors and specialists approach the treatment of alcohol addiction. They say for some alcoholics, the cold-turkey just isn’t the answer. Many programs now advocate lifelong moderate drinking in combination with other treatments. At the same time, scientists are hot on the trail of brand-new drugs that could help those dependent on drinking. Rethinking the abstinence-only approach and a look at the changing perspectives on the treatment of alcohol addiction.