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Last week I heard a radio advertisement for an organization that I’d never heard of. RADD used to stand for Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving but now goes by “The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety” and has been around longer than I’ve been alive.

Some of the people who have supported this group include the Black Eyed Peas, Reba McEntire, Gavin DeGraw, Paul McCartney and countless others. The group targets teens and young adults to promote safe and sober driving, using designated drivers, and wearing seat belts, hoping to encourage people to make “responsible behavior the norm.”

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I mentioned the “I Am Recovery” project on Tuesday so I thought I’d give you all more information about the program. It’s an initiative here in New York that shares the stories of individuals living successfully through recovery. Check out the site to read the stories of others for inspiration to keep going or share you own story to help others in their moments of weakness.

Here is the site!

Look at pictures from the 2nd annual National Recovery Rally.

Get added to their mailing list here.

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On Monday, OASAS announced a new $60,00 grant that will seek to mobilize organizations across the state to support recovery from alcohol, drugs and gambling addictions. The organization that was awarded the grant is called FOR-NY (Friends of Recovery-NY) and they plan on using it to conduct outreach to increase the number of individuals currently in recovery, conduct trainings to help professionals be more successful when working with those in recovery, and several other initiatives.

See the press release here.

Participate in the “I Am Recovery” project by clicking here.

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Earlier this month a program was announced in New Haven, Connecticut that will provide a limited amount of public housing to ex-offenders. One article about this new program highlights the life of Joe Burgeson, 55 years old, who has managed to stay clean for over a year now since his last stint in jail.

Burgeson says he is doing his best to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and stealing but that having a secure roof over his head would go a long way in helping him stay clean. Currently he sleeps in a shed. The social worker he has been in contact with for the last year says she is impressed by his ability to stay clean for this long while also struggling to find work and a place to call home.

Individuals coming out of jail face a number of hurdles in order to lead a ‘normal’ life and this program will definitely help a few of them reach their goals with more ease. To read more about the New Haven program, go here.

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A story out yesterday from Join Together took a look at rates of alcohol use and smoking in the United States from 2005-2007. Join Together, a program run by the Boston University School of Public Health, is a leader in community efforts to increase the efficiency of alcohol and drug policies, treatment methods, and prevention programming.

The report that the article is based on is Health Behaviors of Adults: United States which looked at drinking, smoking, physical activity and sleep. It found that 61.2% of American adults currently drink alcohol, while 24.6% have never drank and 14.3% self-identify as former drinkers. Within this 14.3%, 8.1% were ‘infrequent drinkers’ and 6.2% were ‘regular drinkers’. (more…)

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Over the last 10 years, reality television has continued to grow in popularity and has highlighted dating, the every day life of celebrities, and weight loss stories. More recently, shows that depict individual’s struggles with alcohol and substance abuse have grown in popularity.

MTV’s “True Life” series occasionally looked into the daily activities of people who drank frequently or abused drugs. Then VH1 started “Celebrity Rehab” where stars supposedly tried to change their ways. A&E’s “Intervention” won an Emmy in 2009. And after tomorrow night these shows will be joined by “Addicted,” brought to us by TLC.

The shows have depicted individuals at their worst moments, when they are often saying and doing things they wouldn’t if they were sober. Sometimes they are graphic, showing heroin users shooting up or drunks falling and hurting themselves.

An article in the Washington Post recently raised an important question–do these shows actually offer a chance for the people depicted to successfully recover?

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It’s the time of year when both high school and college students are breathing a sigh of relief and head out on spring break. Some will stay home, others will go on family vacations, and many will travel with a group of friends. Each one of these groups is at risk for alcohol abuse during this time of year.

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