Alaska House approves major update to alcohol laws, including changes for breweries

“JUNEAU — The president of the Alaska Brewers Guild held his head in his hands, the Senate president laughed and smiled, and the head of Alaska’s largest alcohol trade organization exchanged high-fives with lawmakers as the Alaska House decisively ended 10 years of struggle by passing a sweeping reform of the state’s alcohol laws.” Read more here.

The Big Happiness Interview: Will Ditching Booze Make You Happier?

“ Veronica Valli beams at me when I tell her I haven’t had an alcoholic drink in over four years. That’s refreshing, because it’s the sort of confession that usually makes people assume that I’m weird, boring or a screaming alcoholic. A sober coach, and a leader and pioneer in the field of alcohol recovery for almost two decades, Veronica Valli is former clinical psychotherapist …

With Alcohol Tax Funds, Alaska’s CASA Program Works to Increase Capacity

Children in Alaska’s child welfare system due to suspected child abuse or neglect find themselves in a constant state of flux. Court cases move slowly through the legal process. Reunifying the child with their family or, if that’s not possible, finding a permanent placement can sometimes take years. Removed from their home and separated from their parents, children are surrounded …

A How-To Travel Guide for the Newly Sober

Sobriety isn’t always easy, especially while traveling. Here, six tips on how to navigate the world happily—and soberly—from someone who’s been there. Read more here.

Tlingit and Haida launches online tool for addiction treatment and education

Tribal citizens in Southeast Alaska who are experiencing addiction have access to a new, free online treatment. It’s called Culture Heals and it’s offered by the new mental health program at the Central Council of Tlingit  and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Dr. Tina Woods leads the Council’s Community and Behavioral Health Services team. She says the goal is to remove barriers …

These TikTokers Are Redefining What it Means to Get Sober

Growing up, when I thought of 12-step groups like AA, I always imagined grisly old men chugging coffee in smoke-filled rooms. So when I wanted to get sober later in my life, I just assumed that traditional addiction recovery groups weren’t my scene. When I went to my first AA meeting in 2018, I discovered that I wasn’t far off the mark. Even though …

Already Low-Dose Alcohol Use Shrinks Brain Volume, New Study Shows

Previous research has already established that alcohol intake negatively affects the brain. Now a new study examined a large sample of 36,678 British middle-aged participants from the Biobank study to see how low dose alcohol use affects the brain. The researchers found that already small amounts of alcohol use, such as one or two units, can shrink brain volume. The …

Parents push for Kellsie’s Law to save children from addiction

Alaskan families who have lost children to drug addiction and overdoses are pushing for something they say could save lives: mandatory drug addiction education with an emphasis on opioids. The Mat-Su Opioid Task Force is spearheading the effort to get Kellsie’s Law passed in memory of 24-year-old Kellsie Green, who died from complications of heroin withdrawal at the Anchorage Correctional …

What Can I Do to Support My Newly Sober Partner?

Dear Ana: My boyfriend is newly sober. I know there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer here, but I’m curious: What were some of the ways you wish you had been supported? I’ve found Al-Anon but so far most of the significant others I’ve met have talked about their decision to leave the alcoholic in their life, and I don’t want to …