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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 27, 2020

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How I'm Coping with COVID-19 and Physical Distancing as a Person in Long-Term Recovery
COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is all we all seem to be hearing about lately. I feel like I'm living in some sci-fi movie, or an alternate universe.

'One Day at a Time' Resonates in Today's Time of Crisis
Nothing in my nearly 18 years of recovery from addiction and a dissociative disorder has allowed me to so fully embrace "one day at a time" quite like the present context in which we find ourselves amid COVID-19.

Are We Making Any Progress in Treatment and Attitudes?
About 50 years ago (1968) in an early edition of Resident Physician, a progenitor of Psychiatric Times, Herbert Berger, MD (Chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Narcotic Addiction, New York State Medical Society) wrote about the "Physicians' Retreat from Management of Addictions" and blamed physician attitudes for turning over this major medical challenge to non-medical personnel and the criminal justice system..

Online yoga sessions aim to keep recovering addicts on track during increased isolation
The coronavirus pandemic could be especially hard on recovering addicts, who could have more difficult time getting direct access to help.

Four Things to Do Every Day for Your Mental Health
It's a crazy time. Here in the California, we are sheltering-in-place, leaving the house only for essentials like groceries and medical care. And while we're all (appropriately) focused on caring for the physical health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and society at large, our mental, emotional, and social health needs are quickly emerging as profoundly important, as well.

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