AuthorAlbert Hong

Recovery high schools provide the ‘best kind of peer pressure’ for students

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Recovery high schools are valuable necessities for students who are in recovery from substance use disorders. Rebecca Bonner realized this as clear as day when her daughter fell into opiates and discovered that the “local high school was her pharmacy of choice.” “I was literally watching her die before my eyes,” Bonner said. So the natural next step for her was to search...

For college students in recovery, ‘you need support where you exist’

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When Jimmy Hatzell was recovering with a substance abuse disorder at Penn State University, the collegiate recovery services available to him not only allowed him to stay in school but even helped him to identify himself as a student in recovery. Now as a person in long term recovery from late 2013, Hatzell acts as chief technology officer at Life of Purpose Treatment, a Florida-based...

How two CrossFit trainers are helping those recovering from addiction

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In the midst of Melodie Schofield’s period dealing with an alcohol abuse disorder, exercise was something she was still pretty enthusiastic about as a fitness buff. Nearly passing out near the Philadelphia Art Museum while going for a run after drinking showed her how one, maybe exercise right after drinking wasn’t the best idea and two, even something as healthy as exercise needs to...

Keli McLoyd, Associate at the Center for Policy Research and Analysis at the Treatment Research Institute

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When it comes to the science behind medication-assisted treatment and recovery for substance abuse patients, “the facts are the facts,” said Keli McLoyd, an associate at the Center for Policy Research and Analysis at the Treatment Research Institute. “They work — period,” McLoyd said of the three Federal Drug Administration-approved medications used for treating...

Roland Lamb, Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Innovation Division at DBHIDS, speaks to class about “disease of, for and by the people”

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There have been multiple instances of Roland Lamb talking about how a solution for the opioid and drug epidemic needs to come about “of, for and by the people.” And so that’s what the deputy commissioner of the Strategic Planning and Innovation division at the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) focused on in his data-heavy presentation...

10 Things I Learned About Addiction and Recovery from The Anonymous People

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People don’t plan on becoming addicts because they wanted to. While public perception of addiction and recovery is getting better, it’s still an ongoing battle in treating the issues more seriously, in terms of policy and government. The total costs associated with addiction end up around $350 billion. There seems to be a pattern with the way mass media is all over covering...

10 Ways We Can Incorporate Solutions Into Our Addiction Reporting

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By talking to academic experts who are actively researching solutions looking to help people who have substance use disorders Like with the recent White House press release of its effort in changing the language of addiction, we could stress the use of more acceptable terminology in our reporting to drive home how public perception of addiction needs to change Make sure to link out to, or refer...

5 Things I Learned from Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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1.  Solutions journalism isn’t the only kind of effective journalism out there, but you should always be thinking about the principles and lessons from doing solutions journalism. 2.  When pitching a solutions journalism story, it’s not necessary — or advised — to pitch it as a solutions journalism story. The story should just be pitched as any other story you want to...