The national conversation around addiction has been dominated in recent years by opioids. Certainly, the rapid rise in opioid overdoses, which claimed 42,000 lives in 2016 alone, is a pressing issue for states across the country. The White House has declared a national public health emergency over the epidemic, and governments everywhere are marshalling efforts […]
When discussing issues that are critically important in the movement for gay and transgender equality, many refer to marriage and workplace discrimination—far more often than health, including substance use. Yet a 2012 report issued by the Center for American Progress, titled “Why the Gay and Transgender Population Experiences Higher Rates of Substance Use”, indicates that between 20 and […]
I’m a recovering addict who moved to Alaska three years ago for a dream job, but didn’t leave my problem drinking behind. I blew deadlines, behaved inappropriately at work events and was a terrible employee. My boss kindly let me resign instead of firing me. I got married, had a child and spent six months […]
“It’s a hard film. It’s an honest film. It’s a film that America needs to see,” said McMillion Sheldon, the documentary’s director and one of its three producers. In Feb. 2016, she and her husband, Kerrin Sheldon, temporarily relocated from Charleston to near Grafton to begin filming at Jacob’s Ladder Rehabilitation Center in Aurora. Dr. […]
Alaska Regional Hospital hopes a hospital bed and caring staff will help cut down on the state’s substance abuse problem, which has been blamed for a spike in crime around Anchorage. “And this is an extremely non-judgmental environment. You come here for us to take care of you and we don’t care about your past. […]
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, May 25, 2018. The film, followed by discussion, intended to reduce stigma around addiction and recovery, and highlight broad social and health consequences of alcohol misuse. Read more here.
If you pay attention to the comings and goings of lawmakers on any level, eventually something will come along that will make you slap your head in wonder. When Senate Bill 76 — a carefully-crafted piece of legislation that amended Alaska’s alcohol laws for the first time in decades — died last week, it was […]