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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 4, 2021

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How We Measure and Report 'Success' in Addiction Treatment Matters
Chronic diseases are broadly defined as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

Mobile addiction-recovery company expands services
Founded with a mission to target the opioid crisis in the U.S., a local mobile health company has expanded its technology to battle against alcohol and tobacco addiction. DynamiCare, an Inno 2019 "50 on Fire" winner, has released data showing that its recovery platform can increase quit rates two-three times more than average recovery systems for drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The Collegiate Recovery Community: A space for those struggling with addiction
Students, recovered addicts open up about their experiences and provide on-campus support for those struggling with alcoholism and addiction..

Mental health tattoos: the reasons why 3 people chose to get inked
People are choosing tattoos that serve as a reminder of their resilience, strength and hope for the future.

The U.S. mental health care system failed my brother — and millions like him
On Feb. 25, I got the phone call I had been dreading for years: My brother Louis was dead. I was dumbfounded. We had just spoken 48 hours earlier. My sister and I had finally found a rehabilitation program that would treat all three of his afflictions — manic depression, anxiety, and alcoholism — and not just one of them, as had happened so often in the past. For the first time in a long time, we had hope that Louis would finally get the help he needed and deserved.

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