Teletherapy: Addiction Recovery at Home

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought financial uncertainty, health fears and isolation to millions of Americans. According to one survey, nearly half of Americans have felt a negative impact on their mental health due to the pandemic. Stress and social isolation can easily lead to substance misuse and addiction. People in recovery are also at a … Read More

Celebrating National Recovery Month in Washington State & Oregon

A man in recovery from drug addiction rides his bike as part of a new healthy lifestyle in aftercare.
Every year, National Recovery Month is celebrated in September to honor those who are on a recovery journey and everyone who supports that process, including those facing addiction, substance abuse counselors, medical professionals, and the family members and loved ones involved in the recovery process. Recovery Month applauds the recovery process and aims to remove … Read More

Free Online Meeting Platform for Recovery Support Groups Now Available

The Recovery Village Recovery Room App
The Recovery Village Ridgefield remains committed to the health, safety and long-term recovery of our patients and community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Meeting regularly with a support group of peers in recovery is an essential part of addiction treatment aftercare due to the numerous benefits for lifelong healing. To better support people in recovery … Read More

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Deaths Account for 33% of All Driving Deaths in Washington

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Alcohol-Related Harms: A Public Health Problem Alcohol-related harms are part of the top 10 public health problems in the United States, according to the most updated Prevention Status Reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests that dependence on alcohol and … Read More

Seattle to Fight the War on Drugs in an Unusual Way

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Over the years there have been different methods and approaches to dealing with the war on drugs. Seattle is now looking at a progressive way to combat the war on drugs that avoids the traditional criminal penalties that many people face and instead offers them a chance to receive help. Seattle Stops Prosecuting in Favor … Read More

DEA Announces Review Of Legal Marijuana Growers

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In August 2019, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that it would provide regulations for programs that grow marijuana for the purpose of medical and scientific research. Marijuana growers can apply to be registered to grow medical marijuana. Marijuana research in the United States has been complicated by the legal aspects of growing bulk marijuana … Read More

Marijuana Theft Skyrockets in Washington

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With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state have come some issues. One such issue is the fact that legal and industry transparency requirements are allowing thieves to target marijuana businesses, leading to a problem with marijuana theft. Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington Washington marijuana legalization happened under Washington Initiative 502. This appeared on … Read More

Native American Hospitals Contribute to Opioid Misuse

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According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General, U.S. government hospitals are putting Native American patients at risk of developing opioid dependence because they failed to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing opioids. The federal audit sheds light on the potential for hospitals to … Read More

Opioid Treatment Expansion Planned in Seattle & Throughout Washington

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There is currently an expansion underway in Seattle and across the state of Washington to help people who are dealing with opioid addiction and combat the opioid epidemic. The grant, totaling more than $7 million, is part of an expansion of the Meds-First Initiative. The Meds-First Initiative reduces barriers for people who are seeking addiction … Read More

The Opioid Epidemic Makes It Harder for Patients to Find Primary Care

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America’s opioid epidemic continues to cause a variety of issues, and now it’s also affecting the health care patients can receive. A recent study has found that Americans who use opioid pain relievers have a much more difficult time finding a primary care doctor. The reason is that clinics are less likely to accept these … Read More