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Negative Labels, There’s a Better Way

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Published with permission from David H. Kerr I have learned much from people who have asked for my help with their addiction. Decades ago we were working against a commonly held belief, “once an addict, always an addict.” Beginning my work with addicted Parolee’s in the mid-60’s and founding Integrity House in October 1968, I have met and known over 10,000 people with extensive addiction problems and often, concurrent criminal problems. Yet, I have never ceased to be amazed at their abilities, especially in offering help to themselves and to others. At the same time it became clear to me that they had to learn via experience how to take their own advice. The gravity of addiction becomes a deeply ingrained lifestyle that often appears to be immune to traditional counseling models. What’s more, only those suffering can lead themselves to recovery. They don’t need sermons and they don’t need “counseling.”...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 18

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Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them? Getting methadone in jail gave a Connecticut heroin user a firmer foothold in recovery. But fewer than 1 percent of jails and prisons allow it.Learn More   Ohio foster care system flooded with children amid opioid epidemic On a winding trail in southeastern Ohio, four children symbolize the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic, reports CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds.Learn More First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn More   'Delicate balance' between alcohol's protective and harmful effects A new study on a large population sample has concluded that heavy drinking can have disastrous health effects, whereas light to moderate alcohol consumption could be beneficial.Learn More   Inside the Mind Of An Addict: Hating That You Love Your Drug-of-Choice My writing...
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