About 90 percent of Americans with substance use disorders started using alcohol or other drugs before they turned 18, according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Teenage brains adapt more quickly to repeated drug use, leading to cravings and dependence,” according to an article on the website drugrehab.com. Our recent series on…


Mental Health Support Group, hosted by National Alliance for Mental Illness Washington Coast, meets at 1 p.m. every Friday at Shoppes at Riverside mall, next to the mall office. Read more at: https://www.thedailyworld.com/life/whats-happening-4/


A recent $11 million jury verdict in California has found an L. Ron Hubbard-inspired rehabilitation center’s “negligence” to be a “substantial factor” in the death of a man who sought treatment at the facility. According to legal documents, John Cunningham became a “student” at Narconon Redwood Cliffs in 2015. His sister, Jan Cunningham, came across…


I just left an AA meeting. It never ceases to amaze me how good I feel after attending one. My friends in 12 step fellowships are the most genuine, loving, accepting, and spiritual of people. I have never been more welcomed by any group or organization. Which is especially cool considering that I don’t happen…


Most people think that Alcoholic Anonymous is just for crazy drunks that sit around and swap drunk stories, but in reality, it is not. AA is a place for recovering alcoholics and sometimes drug users to sit around and support each other in the time of recovery. It was designed to help recovering alcoholics through…


One year into the resurgence of a faith-based recovery program, leaders say they’re still trying to build up its attendance numbers. Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step recovery program that aims to help those with a “hurt, habit or a hangup.” After a five-year hiatus, local churches restarted the Watauga program with a kickoff event on…


The circle of chairs has achieved a culturally iconic status. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are so prevalent in television dramas that you’d think the 12-step program was sponsoring the networks. But in the past few years, a new recovery paradigm has risen fast. And it owes more to entrepreneurs and “lifestyle designers” such…


Julie Funkhouser relies on a 12-step, abstinence-based program to maintain her sobriety, but when she and Meredith Speir opened a seven-bed halfway house for women on Sept. 1, they made a point of allowing residents receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT). “We want to help save lives,” said Funkhouser, CEO of The Recovery Connection, who has been…


“Many people in Calgary find that a change of environment is a worthwhile investment as they begin their recovery journey from drugs or alcohol,” explained Casey Jordan, Chief Marketing Officer. “As part of our ambitious website upgrades for fall, 2018, we’re excited to announce three key efforts that focus specifically on the needs of Calgary…


Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering alcoholic — at his side, the former…