Topic: Recovery

NEWS: USA: Key Facts About Substance Use in Women

Women face unique issues when using substances. National Institute of Drug Abuse of the United States of America (USA) outlines women specific substance use problems. Scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause…

NEWS: Anchorage, USA: Benefits of Local Alcohol Tax

Assembly members of Anchorage, a municipality of Alaska, USA are preparing to vote on two local alcohol tax proposals for the ballot of the April 7, 2020 Municipal Election. Both proposals show significant benefits for the local community.
Both taxes aim to fund efforts to prevent and reduce alcohol harm and homelessness, in the face of declining state funds in these areas. The tax proposals are examples of how beneficial the WHO recommended alcohol policy best buys are for local communities…

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…

REPORT: Beliefs and Problem Recognition among High-Risk Alcohol Users

Further research to understand the mechanisms by which continuum beliefs may promote more accurate alcohol use self-evaluation and its potential for behaviour change is warranted. The role of continuum beliefs may have important consequences for alcohol-related messaging and interventions seeking to promote self-change or help-seeking…

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…

REPORT: Medication Use Among Older Australians Seeking Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

Among older adults who consume alcohol at hazardous levels, many take prescribed medications that adversely interact with alcohol or have reduced efficacy when consumed alongside alcohol. Targeted education is required for patients and health‐care workers to mitigate these risks…

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…