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Walk into a Peer Recovery Support Center and you might find a recovery meeting taking place. You may see someone in distress being comforted or find someone searching for health insurance on a shared computer. You may find a group

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The Good Samaritan Law in Massachusetts

We all generally understand the Good Samaritan as a person who helps another in difficulty or distress. As the opioid epidemic becomes a reality for so many families, more and more people suffering from substance use disorder are in need

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Paths to Recovery: Recovery Coaches

Massachusetts—like other states across the country—has gotten creative in its response to the toll that addiction is taking on our families and communities. Recovery coaching, offered at Peer Recovery Support Centers and in some emergency rooms, is one creative strategy

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Paths in recovery: healing with music

Early sobriety can be difficult. You learn from others how to take uncomfortable steps that help you stay sober until it begins to feel more natural. It is truly a new way of living life and the more support you

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Reflections on Recovery Month

Just what does it look like to live in recovery from a substance use disorder? How does one travel the road from being driven to use alcohol and other drugs despite the consequences, to living a life free from that

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Recovery Day 2016: Moving on from addiction

Awareness of the opioid epidemic has increased dramatically in the past few years, both across our state and our country. The pain and powerlessness of those addicted to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs is being pulled out of the shadows

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Continued progress in addressing Massachusetts’ opioid epidemic

Governor Baker and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to reach milestones in the Action Plan to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts, with the most recent development being the signing of a comprehensive law. The bill requires prevention education for

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MA police departments take the lead in a new approach to addiction

Brockton’s Police Department is the latest in Massachusetts to take an active and compassionate role in helping people dealing with opioid and other drug addiction. Law enforcement has been front and center in dealing with the consequences of drug addiction

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Paths to Recovery: Certified sober homes offer support after treatment

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun to recognize certified sober houses, and the Helpline now provides referrals to several certified sober homes across the state for men and women. Sober homes, also known as alcohol- and drug-free housing, can offer

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Paths to recovery: Recovery high schools foster sobriety and educational attainment

People struggling with addiction have their own unique needs and challenges, and the path to recovery can be very different for each person. For young people, staying in recovery has its own challenges – especially given that school is such

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