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19 Oct

Recovery Diaries: Catherine (39): 4 Years in Recovery

I started experimenting with alcohol when I was 13. Unlike most teenagers who start with beer or wine, I went...

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17 Oct

Alcohol Is the Breast Cancer Risk No One Wants to Talk About

AS OCTOBER USHERS in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the social media campaign Drink Less for Your Breasts stands out like a red...

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15 Sep

Difference Between Addiction and Dependence

Most people think they know what substance misuse looks like. Maybe it’s an uncle who drinks so much at family...

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09 Sep

How to Successfully Cut Down on Drinking Alcohol

THE LAST YEAR has been stressful, to say the least. If you've been turning to alcohol to relax and, well, not...

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03 Sep

The ‘Sober Curious’ Movement is Spreading; Say Hello to Sober September

Every start of the year, our Instagram feeds are filled with folks trying to curb their drinking or stop altogether. Whether they...

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25 Aug

Exercise blunts cravings for alcohol among young, problematic drinkers

Problematic alcohol consumption, including extreme intoxication and binge drinking, is on the rise. This is true globally, but especially so...

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20 Aug

Moms with young kids increased drinking by 323% after start of pandemic: study

Moms with young kids increased their booze consumption by nearly 325 percent between the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and...

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10 Aug

End Office Happy Hours

Every employer I’ve had since college has encouraged me to drink, usually being so helpful as to provide the alcohol...

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05 Aug

Patricia Heaton Celebrates Three Years of Sobriety

(CNN) Patricia Heaton is three years sober from alcohol.The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star took to Instagram on Saturday to share that...

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28 Jul

How Alcohol Affects Your Kidney Health

After a night of one too many cocktails, you wake up dehydrated with a stitch in your side. Is that...

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21 Jul

Sober-curious: Experimenting with Ditching Alcohol and Going Dry

More and more people are questioning whether alcohol deserves a place in their lives. The popular media has dubbed this...

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14 Jul

Alcohol-Related Diseases Increased as Some People Drank More During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Although the World Health Organization had recommended banning all alcohol sales during lockdowns, concerns arose that such a move would increase the...

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06 Jul

In Her Words: "Gosh, this must be OK."

In the four years since she stopped drinking alcohol, Emily Lynn Paulson has reflected a lot on how central alcohol...

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24 Jun

Hold the Tequila. The Sunrise Is All Some Travelers Need.

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, after months of gaining weight and feeling groggy, Mayra Ramirez stopped drinking. And this...

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24 Jun

Has the Pandemic Fundamentally Changed the Way Women Think About Drinking?

“Do you want another round?” my friend shouted over the blasting music at a crowded outdoor bar last weekend. “Sure!”...

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08 Jun

'I Quit Alcohol Four Years Ago—My Life Changed Completely'

y the time I was 34 years old, I was getting up every day and drinking alcohol. I knew where...

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24 May

How Alcoholics Anonymous Survived a Pandemic-Induced Existential Crisis

On Sunday, March 14th, 2020 the North Brooklyn AA group I attended most nights at 10 p.m. switched from in-person...

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11 May

'In my mind, I was still in control': Kelly Osbourne and Dax Shepard discuss relapse, sobriety, and more

Kelly Osbourne and Dax Shepard are opening up about their recent relapses.  In September, Shepard revealed that after 16 years of sobriety, he relapsed when he started taking...

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07 May

It’s Hard to Stay Sober in a Pandemic, But Holly Whitaker Wants to Help

It started with a Hannah Gadsby quote: “There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” This sentence may...

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02 May

The 3 countries in America where the most people die from consuming alcohol

A recent study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) found that 85,000 people per year between 2013 and 2015 died in the American...

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23 Apr

How Bad Is Our Pandemic Drinking Problem?

Even before the pandemic began, some Americans were drinking significantly more alcohol than they had in decades past — with...

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20 Apr

Adolescent Alcohol Use—A Crucial Developmental Period Explored in Recent NIAAA Mendelson Lecture

Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D., delivered the 2020 Jack Mendelson, M.D., Honorary Lecture on September 22. The title of her presentation was “Discerning...

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15 Apr

The 3 countries in America where the most people die from consuming alcohol

A recent study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) found that 85,000 people per year between 2013 and 2015 died in the American...

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15 Apr

Let's Talk About It: The Power of Connection

Attendees for this virtual event can expect to engage in healthy conversations around the importance of staying connected, peer pressure,...

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13 Apr

A big step forward on helping treat substance use disorders

For a decade, Anchorage leaders, public health experts, advocates and philanthropists have worked to increase access to substance use disorder...

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09 Apr

When a dive bar fan quit drinking, he set out to craft a nonalcoholic beer worth celebrating

If I type “Alban de Pury” into my Google Images search bar and hit “enter,” I see a tall, slender...

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01 Apr

Post-lockdown consumers reach for alcohol-free drinks to avoid hangovers

Restaurants and bars in the U.S. are reopening and Americans who have been cooped up for more than a year...

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25 Mar

Start A Conversation: 10 Questions Teens Ask About Drugs and Health

At the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), our goal is to help people get accurate, science-based information about drugs and...

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18 Mar

Alcohol and COVID-19: Behavioral and Biological Effects

During the course of the pandemic, researchers and scientists from across the biomedical spectrum have focused on the diverse health...

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08 Mar

What happens when you call 911 in Anchorage?

If you were born anytime in the last 60 years, you were probably taught from a young age that in...

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08 Mar

Behavioral health experts say Alaska needs a new way to help those in crisis

You never forget the first time you call the police on your own child. Or the fifth time. Or the...

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05 Mar

6 Alcohol-Free Ways to Unwind at the End of a Long Day

Is spending time at home causing you to pour a few more cocktails than usual? Here are some alternative happy...

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25 Feb

5 Nonalcoholic Beers We'd Reach For Anytime

Nonalcoholic beer used to be an afterthought, a watery not-quite-anything product. "But that’s not the case anymore," writes drinks editor Alex...

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17 Feb

Recovery – Coming to Terms with this Complex Concept

For many years, the concept of recovery from alcohol use disorder (AUD) has permeated our societal discourse and been celebrated...

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12 Feb

Murkowski, Manchin, Sinema Reintroduce Legislation to Help Children, Youth, Families Faced with Homelessness

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate impacts of homelessness, U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten...

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02 Feb

Indiana University study finds Medicaid waivers increased Medicaid acceptance at residential treatment facilities

Substance use has been a public health issue in America for decades, costing millions of lives and billions of dollars...

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28 Jan

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Alcohol consumption in the U.S. surged in 2020. Booze delivery services gained popularity while market reports relayed information about higher sales volumes....

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20 Jan

Alaska military bases limit alcohol sales to reduce drinking-related suicides

Alaska military bases have decided to limit alcohol sales to reduce suicides related to drinking. Two U.S. military bases in...

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13 Jan

So Much for Dry January?

Well, that was quick. Dry January, the social-media fueled month of voluntary sobriety, became Damp January in under a week...

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05 Jan

Alaskans 65 and older can receive vaccinations starting Monday, Jan. 11. Scheduling for those appointments begins Wednesday, Jan. 6

– In an effort to continue to quickly vaccinate Alaskans, the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is opening up appointment...

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04 Jan

How to Start a Sober(ish) Lifestyle in 2021

As anyone who is used to drinking alcohol will attest, it can be hard to cut yourself off from the sauce, whether...

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30 Dec

Finding Love Without Alcohol

Going out for a drink is a standard first date idea for many singles, but different rules apply if you’re...

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17 Dec

Healthy Living: Mindful drinking tips and resources around the holidays

The holidays can be a difficult time for those that struggle with alcohol, but there are resources out there for...

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11 Dec

8 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails for Hanukkah

When it comes to celebrating the festival of lights with your closest friends and family, nothing says ‘Happy Hanukkah’ like...

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04 Dec

Less than half of Americans know that alcohol is a carcinogen. Big Booze wants to keep it that way.

The alcohol industry regularly spreads misinformation to obscure booze’s cancer link. Public health groups are demanding label warnings to give...

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02 Nov

The Anonymous Eskimo Recovery Podcast

This is a great podcast series to inspire sobriety and recovery. What are some of your favorite local podcasts that...

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27 Oct

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Nondrinker

Treat yourself to some zero proof beverages that make alcohol free the best choice around. To read more and learn...

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23 Oct

Racism’s hidden toll

In Minneapolis, the physical and mental strain of a lifetime confronting racism surfaced in George Floyd's final years. To read...

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21 Oct

Survey Opportunity

We are looking for people with lived experiences of substance use challenges, including addiction, to complete this anonymous survey to...

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06 Oct

Amid the pandemic, we all need to take care of our mental health

Mental Illness Awareness Week — Oct. 4-10 — shines a spotlight on mental illness, its prevalence, the stigma still attached...

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29 Sep

Change the Name: End the Stigma

The words that we use matter. Stigma has been identified as a barrier to treatment and recovery among individuals with addiction. Research...

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23 Sep

OPINION: As winter draws in, pandemic challenges may amplify our problems with alcohol (Arctic Sounder)

"Like many Alaskans, our minds are focused on the dangers of COVID-19 and how this virus will impact our lives...

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23 Sep

Anchorage is better when we work together (ADN)

"We are all safer, we are all better off, when all our neighbors are safe and healthy. What will it...

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31 Aug

Recover Alaska is seeking grant writing services

Please check the RFP here for more information and for instructions to submit a proposal.

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21 Aug

How to Find Contentment in Sobriety

As a woman in recovery who happens to have a generalized anxiety disorder and is an Enneagram 4, contentment isn’t exactly something...

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21 Aug

Why You May Want To Consider Nonalcoholic Beer For The Health Perks

This morning, I had a beer with breakfast. It had 31 mg of caffeine, 105 calories, and zero alcohol. This...

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14 Aug

How Does Social Media Affect Teen Substance Use?

Social media have changed how we engage with the world. They have reshaped how we engage with politics, seek out...

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14 Aug

How to Reach Emotional Sobriety & Why It Matters

When we think of sobriety, it’s usually in terms of no longer using alcohol or recreational drugs, but it’s more...

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31 Jul

Press Release: Rally for 'Safe and Healthy Anchorage for All' goes Virtual

Press release, July 31, 2020Contact: Recover Alaska, Tiffany Hall, Office 907-249-6644 / Cell 512-968-1933, thall@recoveralaska.org Subject: Rally for ‘Safe and...

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24 Jul

Opinion: How Attorneys Can Help Clients With Addiction

Sue Bright, Executive Director at New Directions for Women addresses addiction, COVID-19, access to treatment, and common legal problems related to...

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24 Jul

Conversation on Reentry: Life After Incarceration

July 22, 2020 6:30pm-8:00pm AKSTThis virtual conversation, hosted by Keys to Life Alaska, will explore life after incarceration with a...

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24 Jul

Veterans' Stories of Recovery

This website offers the opportunity to hear stories directly from veterans in recovery. Personal story topics include transitioning from service,...

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24 Jul

Suicide Prevention 101: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention During the Coronavirus Pandemic

July 14, 8:00am-9:00am AKST Wayne State University Campus Health Center is hosting this webinar to teach how to look after the...

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24 Jul

Thinking About Cutting Back on Your Alcohol Use?

Researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage are looking for people 18 years or older who are interested in using...

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17 Jul

#BeTheDifference With Self-care Strategies

 This is a challenging and stressful time. People across the country are reporting high levels of emotional distress because of...

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13 Jul

Should We Be Drinking Less?

Can a daily drink or two lead to better health? For many years, the federal government’s influential dietary guidelines implied...

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09 Jul

Alaska DBH Webinar Series - Strengthening Peer Support in Alaska

Alaskans have worked to develop Peer Support for many years. The impact of peers providing services can be transformational for...

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01 Jul

Make It the Summer of the Mocktail

Making an alcohol-free cocktail can be as simple as opening a can of bloody mary mix, but with a little...

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26 Jun

15 Black Recovery Advocates and Pages to Follow on Instagram

I’ve been a sober woman and outspoken recovery advocate since I quit drinking in 2015. Though I’m Mexican, Jewish, and...

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19 Jun

COVID-19 and Child Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network published a series of COVID-19 specific resources on topics such as trauma-informed schools, tips...

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19 Jun

"Mental Health at Home" - Local Alaskan Mental Health Professionals Video Series

NAMI Juneau and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition present a new video series on various topics including telehealth, depression in...

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19 Jun

How to Make Recovery Spaces More Inclusive

The day I decided to attend my first recovery meeting, a person came into my work with two growlers of...

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12 Jun

How to Make Antiracist Work a Part of Your Recovery Program

George Floyd’s unjust murder at the hands of a white police officer sparked widespread, public outrage within the last few...

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09 Jun

The teacher who returned to the rural Alaska village where she was abused is not staying silent

A few years ago, Marie Sakar moved to the village of Chuathbaluk in Western Alaska to teach at the tiny...

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05 Jun

Risky Drinking Can Put a Chill on Your Summer Fun

Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For some people, a day at the beach,...

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04 Jun

Black Lives Matter, an Alliance statement

We are in a moment where silence speaks loudly. So I want to reach out and connect. Our national gaze...

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29 May

How to drink responsibly during virtual gatherings

Social distancing is still in high effect for individuals across the nation due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, while health...

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26 May

Could All Those ‘Quarantinis’ Lead to Drinking Problems?

Quarantinis. Zoom happy hours. Easy front-door liquor delivery. The boredom of staying home and the intense anxiety produced by the...

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15 May

May 13, 2020: A Conversation With Julie Thompson And Nicholai Joekay From Recover Alaska

Listen to this great conversation. Nicholai Joekay shares his story of recovery and Julie Thompson, a behavioral health clinician shares...

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11 May

May is Mental Health Month

Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention throughout the month of May, as AFSP Chapters from across the Western Division...

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08 May

National Prevention Week 2020

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity-building, tools, and...

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04 May

2020 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist award goes to Wayne Price

“I know two things,” says Tlingit master carver Wayne Price. “I know about wood. And I know about recovery.” Read...

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01 May

Sober Quarantine Is Totally Possible

The COVID-19 virus has taken our reality and turned it on its head. We are isolated. We are afraid. And...

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28 Apr

35 Lessons We Learned From Experiencing a “Slip”

As someone who has gone through a relapse (the word I choose to describe my experience of drinking alcohol after a period...

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24 Apr

5 Active Ways to Reduce Stress During Stress Awareness Month (and COVID-19)

Coronavirus has forced us to not only worry about getting sick, paying bills, and having enough toilet paper… it’s also...

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15 Apr

Drinking During Self-Quarantine: How Much Is Too Much?

Now that self-quarantine is the norm for most living in the U.S., people have stopped going out to bars and...

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10 Apr

Nonprofit offers support for Alaskans struggling with substance use amid COVID-19 outbreak

Some experts warn the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a spike in alcohol and other substance use. A...

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10 Apr

Maintaining COVID-19 suppression measures is hard. But Alaskans must.

As public health professionals, we believe the first priority in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic is to prevent infections and...

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01 Apr

Knocking back too many 'quarantinis'? Here's how to keep drinking in check

Your home bar has never been better stocked, but are you maintaining healthy drinking habits while under lockdown? Read more...

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26 Mar

25 Things To Do While Social Distancing

So, you’re social distancing, huh? Me, too. The practice of social distancing is going to save many lives, since doing it will...

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24 Mar

COVID-19 Recovery Supports

Call and stay connected with family, friends and others in the community, especially elders and those with pre-existing mental health...

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20 Mar

Sobriety and COVID-19: Coronavirus brings heightened challenge to those in recovery

Our very own Jessica Limbird, Program Manager for Recover Alaska, spoke with KTUU to share some useful ways of coping...

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19 Mar

Proposition 13 will bring needed relief to Anchorage’s emergency response system

Anchorage Fire Department firefighter/paramedics and firefighter/EMTs are on the scene when Anchorage residents need help the most. We respond to...

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18 Mar

Alaskans Look Out For Each Other.

If you feel anxious, depressed, or need information about mental health resources, call the Alaska Careline at 1-877-226-HELP (4357). Find...

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18 Mar

Why it matters when celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Brad Pitt talk about sobriety

Hearing success stories from celebrities can encourage others to recognize a problem in themselves and seek help, the experts say....

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16 Mar

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak, local officials may require the public to take measures to limit and...

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16 Mar

House of Transformation offers faith-based addiction recovery in Anchorage

House of Transformation offers fee-based, transitional housing for both men and women. Their phone number is 907-333-2468 and their website...

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13 Mar

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) & the Recovery Community

As COVID-19 gains prevalence within the United States, Faces and Voices of Recovery wants to ensure the recovery community is...

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13 Mar

17 Ways to Stay Sober When You’re Stuck at Home

With the spread of the Coronavirus, more and more public events are closing and, in some areas, we’ve been advised...

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13 Mar

11 Online Recovery Meetings & Groups You’ll Want to Check Out

When you’re stuck indoors and can’t leave the house, it can be tricky to stay sober. Whether you’re house-bound because of sickness,...

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09 Mar

Best alcohol-free recipes for Sobriety Awareness Month

In honor of March being Sobriety Awareness Month, here are alcohol-free alternatives to popular cocktails you can make at home....

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09 Mar

Sobriety's Not Boring

The term “sober” sounds solemn and unsmiling, but talk to some of the Alaskans who choose to live without alcohol,...

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05 Mar

HALL and CONKLING: Prop 13 will make Anchorage safer

Nobody cares more about public safety than we do. APDEA is made up of hundreds of police officers, all of...

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03 Mar

First Alaskans Institute

HOSTING DIALOGUES ON SOCIAL JUSTICE AND OTHER CRITICAL TOPICS a two-day training with First Alaskans Institute February 25-26, 2020 in...

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28 Feb

Concerts and longer hours could be in store for Alaska breweries, but lawmakers have the final say

Recover Alaska fully supports this initiative for all the health and safety benefits, plus after many years of advocacy on...

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28 Feb

Harmed before birth, America's 'lost children' overshadowed by opioid crisis

BISMARCK, North Dakota — The Trump administration’s war on addiction has left behind an oft forgotten piece of the problem:...

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20 Feb

Ben Affleck Tried to Drink Away the Pain. Now He’s Trying Honesty.

Warning: This is not one of those celebrity profiles that uses a teaspoon of new information to flavor a barrel...

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19 Feb

LISTEN: Drug and alcohol misuse costs Alaska $3.5B annually. Here’s how we know the price tag.

Interested in learning more about the cost of alcohol and drugs here in Alaska? Check out a short piece that...

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12 Feb

Recover Alaska community forum and workshop in Wasilla

WASILLA — Recover Alaska is hosting two community events in Wasilla Feb. 12, covering addiction and ways the community can...

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29 Jan

Anchorage Assembly votes to send 5% alcohol tax to April ballot

After weeks of town halls, public hearings and work sessions, the Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to send a 5%...

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22 Jan

Outpatient addiction treatment services open in Homer

After about a year of working on a project to expand services to Homer, a faith-based nonprofit that deals in...

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18 Jan

Why Americans Supported Prohibition 100 Years Ago

A century ago Friday, the 18th Amendment came into effect, outlawing the production, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages. Ever...

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07 Jan

This Minneapolis cocktail bar is helping you do 'Dry January'

If you’re reading this with the memory of a New Year’s hangover still fresh in your mind, you just might...

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03 Jan

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Begins Feb. 1!

28 Dec

The Patriarchy of Alcoholics Anonymous

I got sober in 2013. It took me about six months to transition from throwing back a few bottles of...

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28 Dec

Why I Stopped Calling Myself an Alcoholic

On my first day of sobriety, desperate for just one person to tell me it would all be okay, I...

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11 Dec

Why millennials are increasingly choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle

Millennials are increasingly reevaluating their relationship with alcohol. A movement known as “sober curious” is gaining popularity with these young...

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10 Dec

2019 saw a dramatic shift in the way Americans drink

At the beginning of the decade, it seemed like the biggest trends in drinking were about extremes: Craft breweries competed...

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20 Nov

Hollywood Embraces Recovery: How Industry Insiders Get and Stay Sober

The premiere screening of “Knives Out” at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival last month went fabulously well. The audience and...

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20 Nov

10 Ideas for Making Sober Holiday Memories

A big issue that many of us have when getting sober is how to create new holiday memories that don’t involve drinking. Holiday...

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08 Nov

7 People on How They Handled Their First Sober Holiday

As the winter holidays are approaching, those in recovery may have an additional box to unwrap that’s not decorated with...

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02 Nov

How to be sober this Christmas

Tis nearly the season of office parties, boozy brunches and Pinot-fuelled shopping trips. A time where a cheeky glass of...

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28 Oct

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Teen and Family Support Group

A support group for teens diagnosed with a fetal alcohol disorder and their caregivers. For more information, please call or...

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16 Oct

'Sesame Street' tackles parental addiction crisis in a way kids can understand

"Sesame Street" is taking a new step to try to help kids navigate life in America--it's tackling the opioid crisis....

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25 Sep

Nurturing the seeds of recovery

Op-ed by Dr. Anne Zink Fall feels like the perfect month to celebrate recovery. Substance misuse and mental illness are...

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12 Sep

Once & Future Headlines Recovery Carnival this Weekend

Press Release National Recovery Month takes center stage in Fairbanks this Saturday with a carnival of events and sober concert...

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12 Sep

Recovery rock send messages of hope

As part of National Recovery Month, kids in Utqiaġvik had the chance over the weekend to make art to help...

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11 Sep

White Claw, Truly and other hard seltzers could take a hit from Sober September

September could be a long, difficult month for hard seltzer brands if young consumers make good on their intentions to...

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05 Sep

Alaskans Embrace, Celebrate Recovery This September

Press Release: Recover Alaska and partners across the state are celebrating National Recovery Month ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – During National Recovery...

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21 Aug

The ‘Sober Curious’ Movement is Spreading; Say Hello to Sober September

Every start of the year, our Instagram feeds are filled with folks trying to curb their drinking or stop altogether. Whether they...

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19 Aug

Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire

In many areas of health policy, the best of intentions can lead to more harm than good. Such is the...

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16 Aug

How Getting Sober Finally Made Me Cool

Making the decision to get sober can feel like you’re trading in your identity as a Fun Person to instead...

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08 Aug

Parents’ drug, alcohol and tobacco use negatively impacts all areas of child well-being – new study

We all know that the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs harms our own health. But many people are not...

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26 Jul

No drink? No problem. The ‘sober curious’ movement may be here to stay.

Megan Zavieh is perfectly fine ordering water at the bar, thanks. No, she’s not pregnant. And no, she hasn’t battled...

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25 Jul

Bethel City Council Passes More Restrictive Alcohol Laws

Bethel City Council passed stricter alcohol laws on Tuesday, July 23. After some amendments, the regulations received a unanimous vote....

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23 Jul

My Drug Addiction Involved My Family. My Recovery Should, Too.

How could I possibly be so naive to think they’d automatically heal just from being in close proximity to my...

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04 Jul

Coast Guard, state and local authorities conduct Operation Dry Water throughout Alaska

The Coast Guard, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska State Troopers, along with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies...

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02 Jul

2019 Community Assessment: Summary of Key Findings (Anchorage)

In the fall of 2018, Anchorage Health Department set out to better understand the data and community understanding of the...

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01 Jul

Ask Adam: Do People Who Drink Beer Get Bitten by Mosquitoes More?

Yes, but that’s not the half of it. As it turns out, all alcohol consumption will make you more susceptible...

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28 Jun

Liquor Companies Love Sponsoring Pride. Here’s Why They Need to Stop.

A sweep of hangovers across the nation and streets littered with empty plastic cups can only mean one thing: Pride...

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24 Jun

Rural Providers Conference - Spreading the Light

This year, for the first time in 36 years, the Rural Providers Conference is coming to Anchorage during the week...

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23 Jun

Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

At 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar calledHarvard & Stone in a...

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18 Jun

Recovery residences: Which housing characteristics predict positive resident outcomes?

Recovery residences, sometimes known as sober living houses, have been shown to enhance a variety of recovery outcomes and are highly cost-effective, but little is known...

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18 Jun

Kenai/Soldotna Pride Parade Shines With Rainbow-Colored Love

Love turned the color of every shade of the rainbow for the 2019 Kenai/Soldotna Pride Parade on Saturday. Nearly 200...

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11 Jun

What would alcohol sales look like if excessive and problem drinkers drank in moderation?

While the alcohol industries in countries such as England and the United States publicly support moderate drinking, it has long...

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10 Jun

People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'

Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first "shrub" — an acidic...

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06 Jun

Alcohol is now being marketed as a ‘wellness’ drink

Millennials are toasting to the wellness booze trend. Young adults today are imbibing less than previous generations, and many have kicked the...

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04 Jun

Haines Borough Finance Committee seeks voter input on proposed sales taxes

The Haines Borough has less than two weeks to pass an operating budget for fiscal year 2020. As the legislature...

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31 May

Everything You Need to Know About the Harms of Alcohol

In case you didn’t already know, April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is known as a National Health Observance by the U.S....

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29 May

Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of...

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29 May

Calling Addiction a Disease Can Sometimes Hamper Recovery

Drug addiction is a disease. That has long been the consensus in the medical community, and in recent decades it has filtered...

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29 May

How to Party at Pride If You're Sober

June is Pride month, a time synonymous with parades, rainbows, glitter, and obviously, parties. It’s a time for the LGBTQ...

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26 May

A Mixologist's Guide To 'No-Proof' Cocktails

The alcohol-free cocktail isn't an oxymoron. "Mocktails," as the boozeless concoctions have been called by some, are getting more popular...

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22 May

Koyuk Students Lead Classmates in Anti-Bullying and Substance Abuse Prevention Workshop

For the first time, earlier this month, Koyuk Malimiut High School students organized a bullying and substance abuse prevention workshop...

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20 May

Closing Liquor Stores, Hoping to Gain Public Health

It was at least a decade ago when researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health turned their attention...

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16 May

How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Safely?

Humans have been drinking fermented concoctions since the beginning of recorded time. But despite that long relationship with alcohol, we...

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08 May

These policies were supposed to stop pregnant women from drinking. A new study says they’re hurting babies.

Forty-three states have policies targeting pregnant women who drink. Researchers say they’re backfiring. Few debates in maternal health are as...

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03 May

It's Always a Tough Conversation, but Here's Why and How I Talk to My Kids About My Addiction

"Why would you keep drinking when you know it makes you sick?," my daughter apprehensively asked just around the time...

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29 Apr

'A pump-and-dump kind of day': How wine-mom culture shifted from funny memes to unhappy hangovers

In 2017, Celeste Yvonne's day began with sending her kids off to school and heading to the office -- usually...

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04 Apr

Millennials Might Be Drinking Less, And Dieticians Are Thrilled

Imagine you’re sitting in a Friday morning meeting rubbing your pounding temples with fervour — you’re hoping you can massage...

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01 Apr

Alcohol Awareness Month – April 2019

Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month...

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29 Mar

Alaska’s Sobriety Awareness Month Celebration is a Victory for Everyone

Founded in 2008, Sobermiut: Reviving Our Spirit is an Anchorage-based non-profit that seeks to establish a network of services and healthcare for...

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28 Mar

Bars without booze for the sober and "sober-curious"

There’s also Sans Bar, in Austin, Texas, which looks like any other bar, with shelves of drinks and bottled offerings from...

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18 Mar

More sophisticated than a Shirley Temple: Mocktails are on the menu this March for sobriety awareness

Bar is a lot different from the green-tinged suds often seen this time of the year. The Garden Medley is...

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13 Mar

Sober Queer Spaces Are Giving LGBTQ+ People a Place to Just Be

On any given day in Los Angeles, LGBTQ+ locals and tourists have few choices when it comes to finding other...

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08 Mar

Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue

Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend...

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27 Feb

They're young, they're fun and they're alcohol-free. The 'sober curious' movement takes off in Chicago.

When Sammi Shay stopped drinking at age 25, her friends were puzzled. “You didn’t have a problem,” they would say. Shay...

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26 Feb

Alaskans say goodbye to the stigma of sobriety, say hello to sober celebrations during Sobriety Awareness Month

Sober pop-up bars appearing and alcohol-free drink options being added to the menus of famous restaurants and bars across the...

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24 Feb

Alaska ski areas would get to serve booze, bill proposes

A bill pending before the Alaska Legislature would allow for ski areas in the state to serve alcohol. Juneau's Eaglecrest...

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23 Feb

After hitting ‘rock bottom,’ some addicts and alcoholics find a road to recovery

In addiction phraseology, it’s often called “rock bottom.” It’s a state of mind known as the nadir of suffering, an...

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22 Feb

Advances in Understanding and Addressing Underage Drinking

Combating underage drinking is a major public health priority, as alcohol use by young people increases the likelihood of short-...

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19 Feb

Alaska’s alcohol and marijuana regulatory boards would be scrapped under Dunleavy budget

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is planning to introduce legislation repealing the state boards that regulate alcohol and marijuana businesses, according...

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18 Feb

Recover Alaska video series highlights local recovery stories

Season two of Day 001, a Recover Alaska mini biography video series about people who are in recovery, features Cordova’s...

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05 Feb

Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth

Pregnant women are given a long list of medical recommendations that can come across as patriarchal don’ts: Don’t eat raw fish....

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31 Jan

HOW TO GO ALCOHOL FREE WHEN YOU WORK IN THE DRINKS INDUSTRY

In June 2017, TV chef Darren Simpson, who trained in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including Le...

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29 Jan

Divided feedback on Anchorage's proposed 5% alcohol sales tax

There's divided feedback on Anchorage's proposed 5% alcohol sales tax. On one hand, non-profit organizations, like the United Way of...

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28 Jan

City wants voters to approve alcohol tax for homeless services

Anchorage residents will pay more for a drink or a bottle of wine if voters approve an alcohol tax on...

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28 Jan

Proposed alcohol sales tax on April ballot in Anchorage

Come January 2020, that Saturday night pint of beer could cost you a little extra. That's if the city's proposed...

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18 Jan

Dry January: it’s never been easier to go alcohol-free

The good news is that it’s never been as easy to go booze-free, with supermarket shelves rapidly filling up with...

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07 Jan

Recovery on Ice: Fun skate celebrates sobriety

Adam Avila wore a full hockey uniform while he skated in Treadwell Ice Arena, but he wasn’t there for a...

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28 Dec

Free tow home for New Year's Eve revelers

"We urge New Year's Eve revelers to have a sober ride home lined up before the ball drops," said AAA...

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22 Dec

Proposed Anchorage alcohol tax is a pragmatic approach to a persistent problem

Alcohol kills more people in Alaska than opioids, meth, and all other illicit substances combined. More than a third of households...

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19 Dec

Letter: Addiction stress

With the holidays upon us, stress and tensions can increase exponentially, especially for those people living with friends and family...

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19 Dec

How I recovered, by the people who did

Recovery suggests that you can get back to where you were before, which is to say, back to your old...

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10 Dec

Recovery is Possible

Today's my daughter's birthday in more ways than one. Because today also marks the third anniversary of my daughter’s sobriety....

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28 Nov

Workplaces welcome people who are in recovery, even if their records are imperfect

After years of drug addiction and homelessness, Kenny Sawyer found himself staring at a job application at Hypertherm, a New...

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22 Nov

His unusual path to recovery led through science, skepticism and speeches

For some people, faith is the path to addiction recovery. For Dan Morris, it was reason. Morris is recovering without...

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20 Nov

Substance-free Thanksgiving provides recovery support

For those seeking a substance-free environment to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, Southeastern New Hampshire Drug & Alcohol Services and SOS...

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15 Nov

Master Tlingit carver Wayne Price making healing totem for AWARE

Even the wood chips in Wayne Price’s ongoing project have meaning. The master Tlingit carver and University of Alaska Southeast...

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02 Nov

Second Chances: Stories of hope, addiction, and recovery in Alaska

Recover Alaska is an organization working towards a solutions-based approach to reduce excessive alcohol use and harms across the state. As...

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18 Oct

Seattle startup raises $6 million for app that helps people stay in recovery

The idea behind WeConnect’s app is to create a supportive community and incentives for people in drug and alcohol recovery...

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17 Oct

To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom

The Brigham Young University psychologist Julianne Holt-Lunstad, one of the foremost scholars on loneliness in the United States, warns that...

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16 Oct

Recovery Program Uses "People Power" To Help Those With Addiction

Minnesota is piloting a new program that’s harnessing the “people power” of AmeriCorps to support local addiction-recovery efforts. Minnesota Recovery...

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15 Oct

Alcohol board puts a cork in plans for Eaglecrest bar

The state Alcohol Control Board has killed plans for a bar at Eaglecrest Ski Area this winter. In a Monday...

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09 Oct

Britain’s ‘New Puritans’: Youth Drinking Falls Dramatically

When Xenia Clegg Littler and her friends were underage, their idea of fun was shopping, walking in parks and eating...

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04 Oct

What Kavanaugh’s Hearing Teaches Us About Society’s Stance On Alcohol

Last Thursday, the world watched the extremely controversial Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We heard many things....

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26 Sep

Successful recovery requires every Alaskan

When we talk about the behavioral health challenges facing our state – whether it's alcohol addition, opioids, or suicide –...

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24 Sep

Anchorage rallies to stop substance abuse

A Sunday gathering in Anchorage aimed to raise awareness of the addictions that killed 72,000 Americans last year. For Mark...

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23 Sep

Opinion: My journey from high school dropout to thriving in long-term recovery

“Unresponsive.” I can still see that word vibrating on the screen of that stupid old iPhone. That word would describe...

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21 Sep

Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery

James Randall joined the Army at 18, was deployed to the Middle East and came home an alcoholic. His addiction led...

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20 Sep

Vanderbilt Recovery Support: Connecting Students In Nashville

Binge drinking, blacking out, experimenting with drugs—it’s all considered pretty “normal” as far as the college experience goes. Some students’...

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13 Sep

More Than Twelve Steps: Staying Sober When You’re Gay

September is National Recovery Month. There will be events all month long celebrating those in recovery, and highlighting the options...

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05 Sep

Celebrate sobriety during September Recovery Month

"Recovery Month is a time where we get to both educate the public about what recovery can look like and...

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31 Aug

32 celebrities who have been open about their sobriety

Not everyone in Hollywood drinks. For some celebrities, sobriety comes after overcoming addiction. Eminem recently celebrated 10 years of sobriety,...

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29 Aug

March dubbed Sobriety Awareness Month

From now on in Alaska, March will be known as Sobriety Awareness Month. Senate Bill 208 officially became law on...

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27 Aug

How Long Does It Take For The Brain To Recover From Drinking? Science Says Longer Than We Think

The research offers a couple of takeaways. The most obvious is that heavy drinking is simply a bad idea, for...

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24 Aug

Recover Alaska Recovery Month Press Release

Recover Alaska is looking forward to another fantastic National Recovery Month. Recently, executive director Tiffany Hall shared some of her...

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24 Aug

Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study indicates

To minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. That’s the simple, surprising conclusion of...

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18 Aug

Hi, sobriety: Our changing relationship with alcohol

“Grey-area drinkers” aren’t falling-over drunks, but nor is their relationship with booze healthy. In recent times, many have been giving...

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10 Aug

2018 Alaska Prevention Summit: 'This is where it all starts

The 2018 Alaska Prevention Summit at the Glenn Massay Theater, Tuesday, Aug. 7 brought in many people from across the...

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30 Jul

In a dysfunctional Midtown Anchorage park, a microcosm of problems and possibilities

Some people who live nearby say Arctic Benson Park feels completely given over to people struggling with addiction and alcoholism —...

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24 Jul

Webinar Series: The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services

SAMHSA, together with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Recovery Research Institute, invites health care professionals at all levels to watch a series...

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23 Jul

Miss Arctic Circle will focus on alcohol issues

After being asked to run on behalf of NANA Regional Corp., Davidann Piayuq Maiyuk Mills, 19, was surprised to find...

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19 Jul

It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much

A couple of drinks a day aren’t bad for you and may even be good for you. Right? That’s been...

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18 Jul

Why Alcohol is Still the Most Dangerous Drug

The national conversation around addiction has been dominated in recent years by opioids. Certainly, the rapid rise in opioid overdoses,...

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13 Jul

We’re Coming Out About LGBT And Substance Abuse

When discussing issues that are critically important in the movement for gay and transgender equality, many refer to marriage and...

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02 Jul

My addiction made me a terrible employee. I’m in recovery – but how can I find a new job with such poor references?

 I'm a recovering addict who moved to Alaska three years ago for a dream job, but didn't leave my problem...

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30 Jun

‘Recovery Boys,’ a new Netflix documentary now out, tells the stories of four men early in drug recovery in West Virginia

"It’s a hard film. It’s an honest film. It’s a film that America needs to see,” said McMillion Sheldon, the...

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26 Jun

AK Regional Hospital attacks addiction problem with new service

Alaska Regional Hospital hopes a hospital bed and caring staff will help cut down on the state's substance abuse problem,...

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01 Jun

‘The Anonymous People’ screening at new teen center

Cordova Family Resource Center and B.I.O.N.I.C. Youth, with Recover Alaska, hosted a film screening of "The Anonymous People" on Friday,...

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31 May

Should You Stop Drinking While Trying to Conceive?

Despite what you may have seen on Mad Men, it's well known by now that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix. But...

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21 May

OPINION: State must address alcohol problems

If you pay attention to the comings and goings of lawmakers on any level, eventually something will come along that...

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12 May

How an effort by bar owners to limit sales by craft breweries and distilleries sank a widely supported overhaul of Alaska’s alcohol laws

Senate Bill 76, was written by Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche to balance the competing interests of the groups involved...

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10 May

Sobering Center’s first months show success in alcohol treatment

The Fairbanks Sobering Center has officially been open for several months now following their soft opening in November. The goal...

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08 May

Warning drinkers of cancer risk could reduce consumption, survey finds

Labels warning drinkers that they risk seven different forms of cancer could make some people re-think their alcohol consumption, according...

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07 May

Alcohol Raises Cancer Risk. Does Quitting Lower It?

Alcohol is a carcinogen. As Mother Jones reported last month, alcohol-related cancers are estimated to kill about 20,000 Americans every year. That...

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30 Apr

To help people struggling with addiction, a new organization starts with community conversations

A new organization dedicated to destigmatizing addiction, sharing stories of recovery and educating people on treatment recourses held its first...

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27 Apr

Teenagers who drink perceive alcohol ads are aimed at them – study

Alcohol ads shown in Australia may be in breach of the advertising code, with many of the actors perceived to be...

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26 Apr

Women in Recovery program trying new app to prevent relapse

Christa Conway has been sober for two years since coming to Women in Recovery, but it takes work every single day....

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26 Apr

Veteran sheds light on early signs of alcohol abuse, risk factors

While not everyone who consumes alcohol will become an alcoholic, it is important to bring to light that with habitual...

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24 Apr

The dangers of ‘mommy burnout’: Moms open up about alcohol abuse and getting sober

From raising children to work stress, many moms deal with “mommy burnout” by drinking. Two mothers, who are now more...

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24 Apr

Do Countries That Drink Less Have Less Breast Cancer?

More than 266,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Alcohol likely contributes to 15 percent of those...

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23 Apr

Addiction Recovery Programs Growing on College Campuses

By outward appearances, Andrew Caryl was holding his own in college, with a circle of friends, a 3.1 grade-point average...

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14 Apr

Extra glass of wine a day 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over...

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07 Apr

10 Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Every Drinker Needs to Know

So you had a little too much to drink—again. As long as you’re not driving, is it really that big...

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30 Mar

Hooper Bay Holds Its First Sobriety Celebration

The annual Louis Bunyan Memorial Dance Festival happens this weekend in Hooper Bay. People will be snowmachining in from surrounding communities...

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21 Mar

Nome students talk about alcohol abuse and prevention

Published Thursday, March 8, 2018. Monday afternoon at 2:30pm, students assembled at Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School to talk about preventing domestic...

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19 Mar

Liquor store chain to close a Mountain View store in response to neighborhood pressure

A Brown Jug liquor store in Mountain View will close by the end of the year, the company's owners said...

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09 Mar

Weary of alcohol deaths, Napaskiak asks governor to declare state of emergency

The Native village of Napaskiak asked Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency, following an increase...

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06 Mar

Alcoholics Anonymous works for some people. A new study suggests the alternatives do too.

For the past several decades, Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps have dominated addiction treatment in America — boasting millions...

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19 Feb

Spouses have strong influence on risk for alcohol misuse

It’s long been known that spouses tend to resemble each other in alcohol consumption and misuse, the study team writes...

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08 Feb

Not just a dream: New substance-free music venue provides safe place to grow

Nestled in downtown Wasilla, near Nunley Park is the Gathering Grounds Café and MyHouse, home to the new under-21, substance-free...

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08 Feb

TSRI Gets $10M Grant To Study Alcohol Effects On Brain

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has awarded scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) a $10...

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31 Jan

Parents should think twice before giving teens alcohol, researchers say

Parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks, a groundbreaking Australian study finds. In many countries, parents...

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24 Jan

No mixed drinks allowed at Alaska distilleries, state alcohol board rules

Alaska's distilleries can no longer serve mixed drinks to customers, the state agency overseeing alcohol ruled Tuesday. In a 3-1...

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22 Jan

Yukon alcohol experiment leads to sober second thoughts

A study in Canada shows that three-quarters of the population can't accurately tell how many standard drinks are in a...

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19 Jan

NIH study shows steep increase in rate of alcohol-related ER visits

The rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency departments (ED) increased by nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, especially...

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09 Jan

Ten Guaranteed Ways To Appear Smarter Than You Are

The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-awareness, which involves not just knowing how you are but also how other people...

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02 Jan

America, Can We Talk About Your Drinking?

After a season of indulgence, many Americans resolve to drink less in the new year. It's a common pledge -...

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28 Dec

New Year, New You!

As the new year approaches, and we all take time to reflect on the past year and set intention for...

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18 Dec

I stopped drinking and then my career took off — here are 5 reasons to use sobriety to get ahead

Before I chose sobriety, I was drinking two or three times a week (I preferred red wine, especially Napa cabs),...

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27 Nov

Lawmakers Push Alcohol Tax Cut Despite Rising Drinking Rates

Supporters of the tax break emphasize its benefits for small brewers, whom they tout as job creators. But public health experts who...

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20 Nov

Native Village of Eyak hosts 24th annual Sobriety Celebration

NVE Tribal Council Chairman/President Darrel Olsen said sobriety is an important issue far beyond the local community. “When a person...

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13 Nov

Thanksgiving & Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol

For many parents, Thanksgiving is spent passing on family traditions, enjoying feasts, and teaching kids about important values like thankfulness,...

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30 Oct

5 Myths We Need to Stop Believing About Alcohol Blackouts

I was 18 when I had my first alcohol-related blackout. I woke up in my bed in my tiny dorm...

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20 Oct

Success in sobriety: Soldier overcomes battle with alcohol

“A lot of people are ashamed of it; I was ashamed of it,” he said. “It was the only way...

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10 Oct

Industry messages on responsible drinking can be muddy

"The language used in industry-sponsored messages about drinking alcohol, such as 'drink responsibly' and 'drink properly,' doesn’t do a good...

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28 Sep

Pills Anonymous, Anchorage

Pill Anonymous meets every Tuesday, 6:00-7:00, at First Covenant Church (W 12th Avenue and C Street, downtown Anchorage). Pill Anonymous...

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28 Sep

2017 Bethel City Council Candidate Mitchell Forbes

Forbes says that he’s also hoping to help promote more collaboration with non-profits and the City of Bethel to address...

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19 Sep

No, Scientists Didn't Say Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Is Okay

There were quite a few headlines making the rounds last week that light drinking during pregnancy “might be okay”. This was apparently...

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05 Sep

Recovery community tackles stigma, focuses on fun

When local Casey DenAdel travelled back to her hometown of Petersburg, one of the first things she did was write...

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28 Aug

Long-Term Sobriety Advice From A Chronic Relapser

From the opinion piece, "Community is everything. It doesn’t matter if that community is an AA group, NA group, church...

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21 Aug

Mat-Su’s first Recovery Summit set Aug. 25

Michael Carson, moderator of the Mat-Su Opioid Task Force, said the event ties into September being National Recovery Month and...

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15 Aug

Risky drinking is rising rapidly in the US

Americans are drinking too much. High-risk drinking among US adults increased about 30% between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, according to a new...

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08 Aug

The World's Biggest Booze Companies Are Placing Their Bets on a Sober Future

It’s a weekday at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan, and a group of alcohol writers are...

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12 Jul

Perceptions about body image linked to increased alcohol, tobacco use for teens

Virginia Ramseyer Winter, a body image expert and an assistant professor at the University of Missouri's School of Social Work,...

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12 Jul

Nelsan Ellis died of alcohol withdrawal. Family hopes his death will be a ‘cautionary tale.’

Though he was in and out of rehab, his sobriety never lasted. So finally, “After many stints in rehab, Nelsan...

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11 Jul

No, the Alamodome didn't 'run out of beer' at the Metallica concert

When the Alamodome's beer concession stands went dry at 9 p.m., a lot of patrons put two and two together...

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03 Jun

Drinking and Conferencing

"I began thinking seriously about conferences, alcohol consumption, and unintentional exclusion a few years ago when I organized an unofficial...

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25 May

'Deadliest Catch' cameras captured Alaskan's addiction - and inspired him to get sober

Nick McGlashan's lowest point as an addict came last fall, while the "Deadliest Catch" cameras were rolling. "All I ever wanted...

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23 May

Victims of Silence - A conversation about domestic violence in Alaska

Dr. André Rosay is the head of the University of Alaska, Anchorage's ... Is there a relationship between alcohol and...

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22 May

New sober living home to open in southern Alaska

Freedom House is a faith-based sober living transitional home for women. The house in Soldotna has eight beds for women working to...

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18 May

"Talk. They Hear You." App

Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your kids about underage drinking with SAMHSA’s...

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06 May

State won’t consider changes to beer tax

The state of Alaska is spending $3 million per year on beer. That fact won’t change until at least 2018....

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29 Apr

Bonus: Virtual Bar – Download the App!

The Virtual Bar uses the latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors...

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28 Apr

Drink: are alcohol-free alternatives finally coming of age?

What to drink when you’re not drinking? Not so long ago the choice was very limited: tonic without the gin,...

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27 Apr

Join Recover Alaska as a Program Manager

Are you committed to ending the devastating impacts of the excessive consumption of alcohol in our state?   Recover Alaska is...

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26 Apr

WA’s ‘Spread’ ad the most effective at reducing alcohol consumption, new study suggests

Published in the British Medical Journal Open, the study compared 83 alcohol education advertisements around the world, with ‘Spread’ reported...

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22 Apr

I survived the Columbine Shooting but addiction almost killed me

My parents weren’t addicts. Their parents weren’t addicts. My aunts, uncles and siblings weren’t addicts and neither were my friends....

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21 Apr

Parents – Here’s what to tell your teen about drugs and alcohol this prom season: Megan Jones

A last-minute lecture, scare tactics at the door, and half-hearted threats don't work. Here's what does: Read More Here

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19 Apr

Mindful Moderate Drinking – How to drink less, enjoy it more, and reduce the risks

The bottom line: The key to maintaining a healthy relationship with alcohol is to be mindful of when, where, why,...

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02 Apr

Alcohol and Drug misuse costs Alaska $3B a year, according to new report

Alaska The economic impact of drug and alcohol misuse in Alaska exceeds $3 billion a year, according to a new...

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31 Mar

Bethel City Council Protests Tundra Liquor Cache And AC Liquor License Applications

Protesting the liquor license applications drew support from community members attending the meeting. Read more here. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER...

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30 Mar

THE TRUTH ABOUT ALCOHOL AND HEART HEALTH

The idea that alcohol may be good for your heart has been around for a while. While moderate drinking may...

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23 Mar

The first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery

"I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids...

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21 Mar

Set free from addiction; Mat-Su treatment group expanding

A faith-based group is expanding its addiction treatment programs, in the Mat-Su. Set Free Alaska began about six years ago,...

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14 Mar

You're invited to help improve Alaska's alcohol laws

Although we have noticed the increase of opioid abuse in our state, alcohol remains the single greatest destructive and most...

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13 Mar

How to talk with your children about alcohol

It's difficult to know how to talk to our children about alcohol but it is a very important conversation to...

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10 Mar

Alcohol: If you drink, keep it moderate

Moderate alcohol use has possible health benefits, but it's not risk-free. Read more here. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR MORE...

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10 Mar

State senator puts out comprehensive plan to curb alcohol misuse in Alaska

Alcohol is the deadliest substance in Alaska, according to the state department of health and social services, but state law...

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08 Mar

R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children With Kindness) - ACEs Training

Across Alaska and the nation, people are talking about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This ACEs study outlined the...

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05 Mar

Study finds effective interventions to prevent alcohol use among American Indian and rural youth

Community-based and individual-level prevention strategies are effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and other youth living in...

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03 Mar

Young Swedes swapping alcohol for social media and the gym: study

Young Swedes are becoming stricter in their attitudes towards alcohol, with social media use and a love of fitness contributing...

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16 Feb

Spike In Alcohol Related Calls Straining BSAR Resources and Wearing Out Members

It’s the first winter in Bethel since a liquor store opened after almost 40 years of illegal sales. Alcohol is...

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15 Feb

8 things that resulted from my year without beer

On Feb. 1, 2016, I swore off drinking alcohol for a full year. Fast-forward to this year, Jan. 31, at...

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12 Feb

Alaska 2-1-1: Alaska’s Resource Hub for Help Reaches Milestone

Anchorage sees record number of referrals for basic needs in 2016. The number of Anchorage residents calling Alaska 2-1-1 seeking...

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10 Feb

Bethel search crew sees spike in alcohol-related calls

The increase in calls comes during the southwest Alaska town’s first winter of legalized alcohol sales in more than 40...

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08 Feb

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Read more here...

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30 Jan

Recover Alaska: Healing Alaska's Alcohol Problems

This article provides an overview of the strategies being implemented by the Recover Alaska initiative in its mission to reduce...

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17 Jan

Hours for alcohol sales expanded in Fairbanks borough

New expanded hours for alcohol sales overwhelmingly approved by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. It is discouraging to see...

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10 Jan

2017 is the year of mindful drinking

Whether you’re making any resolutions for the new year or not, you can still drink mindfully. Set your own goals...

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10 Jan

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) will take place Jan. 23-29, 2017.  NDAFW is an annual, week-long observance that...

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04 Jan

2 Your Health: New Year’s resolutions to avoid alcohol

"When a person decides they want to quit, I would say reach out for help immediately because you might not...

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03 Jan

Alaska legislature to expect revisions on alcohol laws

Alaska’s alcohol statutes are expected to be revised for the first time in 36 years when legislature convenes in 2017....

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28 Dec

Recover Alaska: Healing Alaska’s Alcohol Problems

Recover Alaska’s multi-agency, multipronged approach actively involving the media is one of the first efforts of this type in Alaska....

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28 Dec

Where the heaviest-drinking Americans live

How do drinking habits in Alaska compare? The Department of Health and Human Services recently updated the official federal statistics...

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22 Dec

Aging baby boomers increasingly embrace marijuana, heavy alcohol use

Recent studies suggest that while fewer teens may be using drugs or alcohol, usage is on the rise among aging...

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22 Dec

Tech's alcohol-soaked culture isn't a party for everybody

"But it doesn’t take an enormous amount of creativity to come up with alternatives to alcohol-focused team events. Ultimately, what’s...

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19 Dec

Eat, Don’t Drink and Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through the Holidays

“If you're struggling to stay sober, hang in there. Because that feeling of comfort — of no longer being wracked...

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19 Dec

Driving While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Read more here....

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14 Dec

Eat, Don’t Drink and Still Be Merry: Staying Sober Through the Holidays

“If you're struggling to stay sober, hang in there. Because that feeling of comfort — of no longer being wracked...

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14 Dec

Visits to U.S. Emergency Rooms for Alcohol Intoxication Are Way Up

A new study claims that visits to the emergency room for alcohol intoxication have risen by 50 percent in the...

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14 Dec

Bethel autoshop owner applying for Bethel’s final liquor store license

Bethel resident and owner of a local auto-body shop, Cezary Maczynski, is in the process of applying for the city’s...

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28 Nov

Survey: Alaska teens drinking, smoking less

A new state survey shows that fewer Alaska teens are engaging in alcohol and drug use compared to data from...

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23 Nov

More than their stories

“There is no authentic change without including the voices of those who have been directly impacted. Those closest to the...

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23 Nov

Volunteer Opportunities over the Holidays

Looking to do something meaningful over the holidays? Here are some local organizations needing help. Beans Cafe  Catholic Social Services ...

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23 Nov

Landmark report by Surgeon General calls drug crisis a ‘moral test’ for America

The report, “Facing Addiction,” offers reasons for optimism despite a growing overdose epidemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans...

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17 Nov

Andrew Reynolds: From drug, alcohol misuse to skateboarding sober

"I knew I had a problem with drinking the first time I drank at age sixteen. I would drink and...

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17 Nov

This is what happens when an alcoholic turns her life around and loses 137 pounds

After eating and drinking her way to rock bottom, Misty has transformed her life for the better. Now the 36-year-old...

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08 Nov

Alcohol is a problem in the remote villages of Alaska

"Young adults are choosing suicide while intoxicated. Three families in my village are dealing with the pain of losing a...

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02 Nov

Detox saves lives, but we still don’t have enough

“Families have been torn apart when their loved ones sought help for detox and were unable to be admitted. These...

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02 Nov

OP-ED Make mental health a priority

We must make sure that insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services is comparable to general medical...

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02 Nov

No kegs, no liquor: College crackdown targets drinking and sexual assault

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimated that alcohol was a factor in 97,000 cases of sexual assault...

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28 Oct

Bethel sees $277,000 in 2016 revenue from alcohol sales

The city of Bethel has collected more than a quarter of a million dollars in alcohol sales taxes since two...

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20 Oct

My Turn: Alaska’s mental health

In times of uncertainty, talking about the good things Alaskans are doing to improve the health and wellness of our people...

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14 Oct

Subtle signs you might have a drinking problem

"When everyone in your social circle seems to be drinking the same amount or more, and when drinking is glamorized...

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13 Oct

My Turn: Insidious and invisible

Bruce Van Dusen recounts his journey to recovery and reminds us that positive support and understanding are necessary in helping...

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13 Oct

A call for action to address worsening alcohol problems in villages from Bethel liquor store

A leading tribal organization tells the Alaska Dispatch that since the first liquor store opened in Bethel in May, young...

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08 Oct

Rewriting the state’s alcohol laws, again

A Soldotna senator is working hard to change 40-year-old alcohol statutes that he attests are largely responsible for Alaska’s negative...

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04 Oct

Mugs create conversation at Snow City Café

Recover Alaska mugs used at Snow City Café are to raise awareness of alcohol addiction and celebrate recovery.   Read...

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27 Sep

Non-alcoholic bars becoming new trend in Britain

Alcohol-free bars are popping up in Britain as news comes that youth seeking a trendy night out are happily paying...

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27 Sep

Battling addiction

An op-ed that discusses the battle with addiction in Ketchikan.    Read more here. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER FOR MORE...

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27 Sep

Voices of recovery in Juneau

A new web series features stories of Juneau community members who have battled with drug and/or alcohol addiction. “The hardest...

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27 Sep

Officials discuss Alaska’s prison, substance abuse issues

New laws and state funding could help Alaska combat problems with substance abuse and inmate safety.    Read more here....

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22 Sep

My Turn: National Recovery Month: A time to celebrate Alaskans overcoming alcohol addiction

In honor of National Recovery Month, our own Tiffany Hall weighs in on why it’s important to share inspiring stories...

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22 Sep

4 things to know about addiction and recovery

According to a 2013 study by SAMHSA, 22.7 million people in the United States ages 12 and up needed treatment...

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22 Sep

Alaska village banishes 6 over drug and alcohol suspicions

The Southwestern Alaska village of Quinhagak has banished six people from the community, five of which are suspected of being...

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15 Sep

OPINION: Alaska needs to open discussion about alcohol addiction, recovery

“We Alaskans drink way too much, and when we do, the side effects go far beyond the morning-after hangover.” When...

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15 Sep

Elizabeth Vargas on her battle with alcohol and journey to recovery

The popular ABC News anchor opens up for the first time about her struggle with alcoholism and the effects it...

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06 Sep

Turning the tide of alcoholism: local man’s death underscores difficulty of substance misuse battle

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner published an editorial on the struggles of alcoholism and the downward spiral it took in the...

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04 Sep

Researchers uncover genetic effects of prenatal alcohol exposure

Canadian researchers uncover genetic effects of prenatal alcohol exposure after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who...

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04 Sep

Could a soon-to-be-closed Alaska prison become a much-needed detox center?

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has no detox centers, despite a population of more than 100,000. Read more here. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR...

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03 Sep

Opinion: Support is important for recovery from addiction

Only about 10 percent of the 21 million Americans needing help to overcome drug or alcohol use get treatment. “We...

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25 Aug

College students miss meals to drink more alcohol

A new study of alcohol use suggests that some college students are missing meals in order to have more drinks...

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25 Aug

Emmonak’s local option law will stand following “invalid” election results

After part of the results from an Aug. 9 special election in the city of Emmonak were deemed “invalid,” the...

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23 Aug

Recover Alaska launches new alcohol addiction and recovery website

Coastal Television reports on our new website and how it aims to help those struggling with alcohol addiction by providing...

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17 Aug

Emmonak alcohol election needs redo because of vote-counting irregularity

The results of a special election to open a city-run liquor store in the Southwestern village of Emmonak were thrown...

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17 Aug

When it comes to underage drinking, where does your state stand?

Underage drinking is a national problem, but penalties vary state by state. AlterNet reports on the various underage drinking laws...

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10 Aug

Yukon River village, long dry, has close vote on community-run liquor store

“Hungry, neglected children from drunken hung over parents,” is the testimony from the Yup’ik Women’s Coalition and Emmonak Women’s Shelter...

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06 Aug

Victoria Moore: non-alcoholic drinks get sophisticated

A new buzz phrase: "zero proof." It’s a positive way of saying non-alcoholic drinks are getting serious. People are tapping...

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05 Aug

Alaskans battling opioid epidemic get audience with U.S. Surgeon general

The Alaska Dispatch reports on the Wellness Summit that took place in Palmer where federal officials were brought up to...

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31 Jul

My Turn: Help put Alaska on a path to recovery

Sen. Dan Sullivan’s editorial in the Alaska Dispatch addresses the need for a clear path to recovery for many Alaskans....

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26 Jul

Assembly bans vaping in Town Square, approves alcohol treatment incentive

KTUU reports on the Anchorage Assembly's unanimous approval of an alcohol treatment incentive for minors facing alcohol consumption charges. The...

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13 Jul

Trying to cut your drinking? There’s an app for that

A story on how technology— specifically alcohol control apps— can provide real-time intervention on the go. Since the interaction through...

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10 Jul

New Note Orchestra: 'Every single musician has maintained their recovery’

The Guardian reports on New Note Orchestra, a music group and support group in England for people who are recovering...

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07 Jul

New law reduces penalties for minors caught consuming alcohol

KTUU covers the new rule signed into law by Gov. Bill Walker that reduces the punishment for minors caught consuming...

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06 Jul

How parents can help their underage kids resist alcohol

NPR reports on two recent studies that provide guidance for parents and the important roles they can play in preventing...

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04 Jul

"Drunkorexia" latest form of alcohol abuse on college campuses

South Carolina’s "The State" reports on the latest trend in alcohol overconsumption to be aware of. "Drunkorexia” is when excessive...

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07 Jun

Recover Alaska video series wins regional Emmy

FAIRBANKS — The Recover Alaska project, which aims to reduce addiction and limit the effects of alcoholism throughout the state,...

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22 Dec

Voluntary temporary abstinence from alcohol during "Dry January" and subsequent alcohol use.

In bivariate analysis, success during Dry January was predicted by measures of more moderate alcohol consumption and greater social DRSE...

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