Addiction Policy Forum Blog

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How nighttime device use leads to sleep disruptions and addiction vulnerability in adolescents

By Dr. Charlotte Wincott on October 29, 2019

When I was 7 or 8, I was obsessed with a videogame called Galaga. This was in the early 80’s, around the time that Olivia Newton-John released the album Physical (which was my absolute favorite). I would scrounge around the house for pennies hoping that I could find ten of them from under the sofas or behind the bookcases. If I could find ten little copper coins, I could sneak off and cross the busy street on which we lived in North Carolina. I could run quickly between cars and make my way into Providence Road Sundries, a bar that still stands in that very spot to this day. I would walk up to the bar and push my coins across the counter, sweetly asking the bartender if I could change the pennies into a dime. The bartenders knew me well and knew exactly what I really wanted. I wanted a quarter, because a quarter would get me into a make-believe world of spaceships and galaxies for at least 15 or 20 minutes. There was a Galaga machine in the back of the bar that owned my little 7-year-old heart. The bartenders would smile at me and give me that quarter plus a cherry Coke with grenadine and it made me as happy as any little girl could ever be.

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Transportation Intermediaries Association Launches Alcohol and Drug Helpline to Support its More Than 1,800 Member Companies

By Addiction Policy Forum on October 2, 2019

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Mosaic Group and Addiction Policy Forum Launch ‘Families Strong’

By Addiction Policy Forum on August 27, 2019

‘Families Strong’ support groups for families affected by addiction now available in six states

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Why I am so excited about the Families Strong program

By Michelle Jaskulski on August 27, 2019

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Ask a Counselor: What is Contingency Management?

By Addiction Resource Center on August 20, 2019

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Now is the Time to Support Parents Seeking Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

By The Urban Institute on July 30, 2019

Last year, a national survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reported that two-thirds of respondents thought their communities were not doing enough to make treatment programs accessible and affordable to those who need them.

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