a judge's gavel reminds us not to let recovery get you canned

Don’t Let Recovery Get You Canned

SoftPro, a Delaware software company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, agreed to pay a former IT employee, Matthew Elliott, $80,000 after Elliott sued the company for firing him for having a perceived disability.   Elliott is in recovery from opiate addiction and participated in physician-supervised medication-assisted treatment (MAT) since 2009. When Elliott voluntarily decided to enter…

a woman considers how millennials are losing the fight against overdose and suicide

Millennials Are Losing the Fight Against Overdose and Suicide

The opioid epidemic is notorious for not discriminating. Opiate addiction has impacted individuals, families and communities from all regions of the country, all economic statuses and all age groups. However, one group hit especially hard by alcoholism, addiction and suicide is Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996. A recent report co-authored by Trust for America’s…

cookies with a marijuana leaf over one remind us that potent pot is more prevalent as is unintentional use

Potent Pot is More Prevalent, So is Unintentional Use

A recent study revealed that between 2000 and 2017 nearly 3,000 children under the age of 6 were admitted to United States poison care centers after ingesting marijuana. As the drug becomes more prevalent in society, so have reported incidents of unintentional marijuana ingestion. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of children admitted to centers…

an older man holds a glass of alcohol and thinks about how 1 in 10 adults over 65 bing drink

1 in 10 Adults Over 65 Binge Drink, Study Says

Alcohol consumption among teens and young adults, and campaigns to combat it, has always been in the spotlight. Even though we know that addiction and alcoholism do not discriminate, why doesn’t alcoholism and problem drinking among older, retirement age adults receive the same kind of attention? A recent study by the Center for Drug Use…

a textbook definition of enabling reminds us of 5 enabling behaviors to avoid

5 Enabling Behaviors to Avoid

The Family Disease Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease.” People struggling with addiction don’t only cause emotional, mental, physical and financial harm to themselves, they carry these burdens to their families and friends. Despite the hurtful behavior and the pain that it causes, we don’t stop loving someone just because they are…

aa chips remind us of the recovery wisdom around the corner from amtus

Recovery Wisdom Around the Corner from Amatus

In a picturesque cemetery nestled in the rolling hills of Owings Mills, Maryland, is the burial place of Reverend Sam Shoemaker, a Baltimore native credited with inspiring the first three steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step recovery program. Less than a mile from Shoemaker’s grave at St. Thomas’ Church is the Amatus Health headquarters, where…