north andover, mass- it was a sunday afternoon, and in the cozy house at the end of the street, andrew foote sat in his usual chair while a movie played on the television. the young man’s hands rested on two pillows, wrists bent and fingers contracted into fists. from time to time, he rocked forward as if to stand but then collapsed backward, into the chair. … Continue reading he survived an overdose. now what?
yet another great article by felice freyer, about the open access clinic at sstar, fall river massachusetts. sstar health center clinics seek to seize the moment when a person wants addiction help. ‘it’s like i have a split personality. i tell myself i want to get clean. i tell myself i want to get high.’ – adam carreira said [emphasis mine]. and yet, we continue … Continue reading a fitful first step
an interesting front-page new york times article by abby goodnough, about opioid addiction treatment on demand in the emergency department at highland hospital in oakland, california. what do you think? i think highland hospital is doing great work, but it’s sad that our health care system is so fragmented that we have to rely on emergency departments for essential primary care such as treatment of … Continue reading highland hospital in oakland
During my junior year of high school in Kentucky, I joined the cross country and track teams. But in the following decades, I only ran intermittently. Recently, however, I’ve been increasing my miles, and last weekend successfully completed the Surftown Half-Marathon in Rhode Island, my first. Now, there’s another race coming up. On my birthday, October 28, I will be participating in the Shatterproof Rise Up … Continue reading Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Run/Walk
Twenty community health centers in Massachusetts will share $6.8 million in grants to expand substance abuse services, particularly treatment of opioid addiction, the US Health and Human Services Department announced Friday. The money from the Health Resources and Services Administration is part of $94 million for 271 health centers across the country. Federal officials said the money would allow the hiring of 800 people to … Continue reading Massachusetts health centers get $6.8 million for opioid programs
Terrific article by Felice Freyer on the front page of the Boston Globe this morning about stigma and addiction. This article should be required reading for all health care workers and students. Read it yourself! Thanks so much for visiting my website! Writing and reading blog posts does take time and we all know that time is in short supply. You and I will both get much … Continue reading A struggle to rewrite the language of addiction…