Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sober Living, a Neighborhood Nightmare?

People are complaining about the growth of sober living homes, but isn't it at its core a reflection of the drug and alcohol problem in the United States? Is there a space to talk about procedures and best practices? Absolutely? Can they be stopped or closed down? We might as well follow the Phillipines, from research and evidence based practices, housing is a first step for the need and a community that reintegrates those suffering understands the importance of its impact on the long run. Thank you for the conversations, we hope there are just as many solutions as the problems that arise. For those sober living homes that are rocking it (doing great), please come to the front and share your hope, we need it.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

As the ban for sober living continues...

It is not so much 'cracking down', but understanding what is being done to make sure that great places can be available as well as making sure that does that do not qualify do not operate. The problem is not so much in the sober living homes, but in the qualification and standards, for disabled housing is not only a right, but the tension and interaction with society is real. How can we support both movements? Metric based systems and stringent measures to operate as well as the aesthetics and limits for these homes are a must. Heres to solutions and standards rather than witch hunting.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fiorina opens up on family addiction

"I buried a child to drug addiction," Fiorina said.

In a presidential election coming up, the United States becomes a little more aware of an epidemic with Carly Fiorina opening up about her daughter's battle with addiction. A long time stigma making its way to the spotlight in order to have solutions, options and plans ready to be implemented and placed in our healthcare system. Her vulnerability is a gift to the over 20 million struggling with substance use disorders in the United States.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The new face of addiction

The new face of addiction is no longer the cliche brown bag holding homeless adult. Its in the suburbs, in college forms and in the comfort of a family home. As the stigma of substance use disorders begins to be a part of the vocabulary of community, the shock of overdoses will continue to cause intimidation and fear from agencies towards an education and preventive task. Cities such as New York seem to be leading the way in Narcan training (naloxone), placing power in non medical and lay responders to avoid overdoses all together. The shift from finding the fault to understanding the nature is the big first step.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tyler touting teetotaling...

Steven Tyler joins other great musicians to rally at UNITE, an addiction awareness rally in Washington to begin a shift in attention towards treatment as well as opportunities for those reintegrating whether the incarceration system or housing. Subjects such as treatment rather than punitive efforts, naloxone (narcan) for heroin overdose implementations and many other engaging themes will be the focus of UNITE, not ignoring the largest one: there is an epidemic and how we have placed attention to it hasn't been working.

An epidemic calls for a change and we congratulate public figures for supporting the efforts. Thank you Steven Tyler.