Addiction Policy Forum Blog

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Illinois Innovators Stepping Up to Combat Addiction

By Kelsey Trotter on June 11, 2019

 

Whether you’re a Cubs, White Sox or Cardinals fan, one thing is true for Illinoisans -- we love our baseball teams. Growing up a Cubs fan I lived in the cycle of loss after loss, until something amazing happened. In 2016, I went to a spring training game in Arizona and said, “This year is the year.” Of course I had said this many times before, but something was different this time. That year the Cubs won the World Series, ending their 108-year drought. 

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Empowering Youth to Power Communities

By Kelsey Trotter on June 11, 2019

 
Consider, for a moment, a snowball. One snowball is made up of millions of tiny snowflakes, every single one unique. Although different, they stick together, becoming bigger, stronger, and more powerful.
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Recovery Ready Community

By Simone Greene on June 11, 2019

 
The Chicago neighborhood of Austin knows all too well the destruction of addiction. One of the city’s largest neighborhoods, it’s also one of the deadliest for overdose deaths, consistently ranking in the top five. Despite that, resources in the community aren’t readily available for those looking for recovery. Dora and John Wright are trying to change this.
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Bringing Families Back Together

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
Today’s opioid crisis is shattering families—but the devastation of substance use disorders is by no means a new story. Think back to the heroin crisis of the 1970s, crack-cocaine in the 1980s, and methamphetamine in the early 2000s and again now. Unfortunately, a tragic aspect of any drug crisis is child maltreatment related to addiction.
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Newborns Growing with Moms, Moms Growing in Recovery

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
When a baby is born, a window opens on a special time for mother and newborn. One of life’s most important bonds is formed over the following weeks and months. When it’s strong and healthy, that bond can produce results for a lifetime.
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Treatment Not Incarceration

By Mark Powell on June 11, 2019

 
For too many people, substance use problems lead to involvement with the justice system. But when that happens, incarceration isn’t always the best answer. It’s costly to taxpayers and often provokes a cascade of collateral problems. Other approaches are needed.
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