Mental health advocates, peers, key leaders, and legislators from across Georgia gathered last week at Georgia's state Capitol asking to be involved with each legislative/gubernatorial commission, study group, or panel created to advise about mental health. They also want lawmakers to bolster the state's mental health workforce shortage by expanding the certified peer specialist (CPS) workforce and supporting a salary increase in parity with other service providers.
For people living with addiction, it’s been proven that access to evidence-based treatment and support can help keep them alive and stable. But care can be hard to come by and is only possible by combating the stigma around addiction, which is pervasive among providers, the public, and people with addiction themselves.
Dozens of women and kids held hostage by Hamas for nearly two months returned home to Israel this week. Experts say reacclimating is a process — and there are ways professionals and parents can help.
The Georgia Recovers campaign tells the stories of people in recovery from opioid addiction. It includes a statewide billboard and social media campaign.
A few dozen high schools across the U.S. combine education with treatment for substance use disorders to keep kids in recovery — and in school.
Jeff Breedlove with the Georgia Council for Recovery called the bill “delayed, not dead” and says the group will continue to work toward its passage next session.
Representatives from 40 organizations that make up the Substance Use Disorder Policy Partnership met with lawmakers at the Capitol to advocate for more resources for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Even if you don't have long COVID, it can still take weeks to recover — much longer than the isolation period implies. Millions of Americans are finding that this still majorly disrupts their lives.
Thursday on Political Rewind: William Cope Moyers has sought to help others struggling with addiction by telling the story of his road to recovery. Public health officials are also struggling to address a new surge in overdose deaths in the United States.
For years, people who used drugs were treated like criminals, often given long sentences. Now there's growing acceptance that addiction is a treatable disease, but shame and discrimination linger.
Oregon's bold move to decriminalize small amounts of all hard drugs and expand treatment is now meeting the reality of implementation as the treatment community is divided over the way forward.
Millions of Americans have been helped by substance abuse recovery programs, but there’s a little-known side industry to recovery that some say has taken advantage of people trying overcome addiction. Sober living homes, sometimes called halfway houses, are not regulated in Georgia, but they are potentially very profitable. GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports on a recently passed bill aimed at gaining some control over the programs.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says police morale is "improving significantly" after it hit a low last summer and that she is confident the city will get to the "other side" in bringing crime down. "We are a resilient city," Bottoms said.
Disaster recovery workers cleaning up after major flooding in Michigan tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak shined a light on working conditions in the fast-growing industry.
Many people are finding social distancing difficult or lonely. Those challenges can become compounded for people recovering from substance abuse...