Topic: Recovery

NEWS: Media’s Sober Curiosity in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, sober curiosity in the media and wider society has reached new heights. Ranging from Dry January stories, or covering the sober curious movement to inspiring stories about people who went alcohol-free and/ or overcame their alcohol use problems, the topic of the alcohol-free way of life has been in focus. While this public discourse across much of the Western world is very positive, there are also reasons for scepticism and concern…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Harm in Women Rising

According to new data, alcohol harm among women in Poland is rising.
New estimates of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA) there may be over 1.5 million women who have an an alcohol problem in Poland.
Specialist for addiction psychotherapy Adam Kłodecki explains that a clear increase in alcohol consumption can be seen among young Polish women living in large cities…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Among Leading TB Risk Factors

Alcohol is one of the leading TB risk factors in India. Alcohol, smoking and under-nutrition are the leading risk factors for Tuberculosis (TB) in India. India has the biggest burden of TB globally. The infection affected an estimated 2.69 million people and killed 449,000 in 2018, according to World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2019 released this week…

REPORT: Limited Individual Level Alcohol Interventions in Sub Saharan Africa

The findings show that the assessment of effectiveness of individual level alcohol interventions is rare in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In addition, these interventions were polarized in two countries. There is an urgent need for an evidence base on the effectiveness of alcohol interventions commensurate with the scope of the problem in SSA…

NEWS: Overdose Prevention Needs More Focus on Alcohol

Results from a new study suggests more focus on alcohol is necessary in overdose prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Centre surveyed 660 people in a residential recovery centre. They found that 90% had overdosed on alcohol at least once in their lives – blacking out, or suffering alcohol poisoning severe enough to need medical treatment…

NEWS: USA: Sesame Street Highlights Parental Addiction

Sesame Street has launched a new initiative to help kids deal with parental addiction. Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces the beloved children’s show, has created a new character Karli and a series of videos that features the 6-year-old Karli talking to her friends about her mom’s struggle with addiction. The group has also launched a website with tools designed to guide parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults to support kids dealing with parental substance use problems.
The website follows how Karli is dealing with her mother’s addiction and also shares a young girl’s story of her family dealing with addiction…

NEWS: Canada: Thousands of Youth Hospitalized

A staggering number of youth are hospitalised in Canada due to harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. According to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), more than 23,500 youth were hospitalized for harm from substance use. About 65 young people in Canada per day are admitted to hospital because of harm caused by cannabis, alcohol, opioids and other substances. Cannabis accounted for nearly 40% of the hospital stays among youth. Alcohol accounted for about 26% of the hospitalizations…

REPORT: A Digital Intervention Addressing Alcohol Use Problems

Clinically significant reductions in alcohol use were found, as well as reduced alcohol risk (AUDIT–C) and days out of role. Importantly, improved alcohol-related outcomes were found for both hazardous or harmful and probably dependent alcohol users…

NEWS: Mexico: President Launches Drug Prevention Program

Mexico’s President has launched a drug prevention program to reduce the increasing drug use, specially among minors and youth. Mexican government survey data shows drug use among minors has more than quadrupled since 2002, with more than 1 in 20 Mexicans between the ages of 12-17 saying they have consumed illegal drugs…