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As Michigan’s opioid crisis deepens, treatment experts warn that proposed state regulatory changes could lead to widespread layoffs of substance abuse workers and even force some treatment centers to close. A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 17) in Lansing for comments on the proposed changes, with state officials saying new regulations are needed to…

Who they need to reach, they admitted, were not those in the room with them but the half-dozen protesters outside the former Golden Acres nursing home on North Ridge Road urging a “no” vote on Issue 14 over concerns about a new tax on Lorain County property owners. Issue 14 would raise about $2 million…

Martin Hopkins is sitting peacefully in the pretty, sun-dappled courtyard garden of Bristol’s Chandos House addiction treatment center. He’s come a long way in six months. “I was on the streets in Plymouth. I was using heroin, crack, spice. I was trying to kill myself,” he says. The 41-year-old admits he was a one-man crime…

Professional athletes are the gladiators of the modern times. Their talents, celebrity lifestyles, and persona are unprecedented. However, these professionals endure the significant stress that is sometimes not easy for them to bear. This stress can be due to physical tear and wear on the body or constant scrutiny under which they perform. Unable to…

The Opioid Center of Support, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis, today launched a free online resource to help the 14.2 million people in the U.S. coping with opioid misuse. [1] Developed with leading medical experts on substance misuse and addiction, the Opioid Center of Support’s platform organizes the most trusted…

California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that certified providers under the state’s Medi-Cal program “shall receive reimbursement for individual counseling services provided through telehealth, as defined…

There’s a New 12-Step Group: Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous Unlike many NA or AA chapters, this group accepts that many people benefit from medications like methadone and buprenorphine. Chairs in a circle for a meeting. It’s like AA, but more open to those taking methadone or other medication to assist in recovery. Photo illustration by Slate.…