An alcohol insta-experience gone right, Michele Obama talks about mental health, and a #RecoveryMonth shoutout from Forbes Magazine all in this week’s addiction recovery weekly roundup.
1. We talked last week about Seattle implementing supervised injection clinics and now NYC might be next in line to try out a similar experiment. New York City city council has allocated $100,000 to a 9-month long study to decide whether it will make sense to launch the program that has been said to reduce and prevent overdoses, reduce HIV and viral hepatitis transmission, and also connect people with viable treatment options.
2. If there is one thing we love, it’s when we see others in the recovery community do something crazy innovative to educate people and crush the stigma of addiction. Like My Addiction was a campaign that was run for Addict Aide by BETC in Paris that you just have to see to believe.
3. In the October issue of Prevention Magazine, Michelle Obama shares a common frustration. She says she just doesn’t understand why there is still shame surrounding mental health disorders when it’s something that has become so common in our country. “The stigma around talking about mental health and getting help for it just doesn’t make any sense,” she said. “This is an issue that affects us all.”
4. Our awesome blog writer, Chelsea, put together an amazing guest blog post for our friends over at Sober Nation on the common fears that hold people back from seeking addiction treatment #shamelessplug.
5. Recovery Month is coming to a close but not without a major shoutout on Forbes Magazine first.
6. Musician, Brendon Nielson, composed a soundtrack to the 12 steps of recovery inspired by his mother, who passed away in 2005 as a result of her struggle with mental health and addiction to prescription drugs.
“By all means, I should be a drug addict. I shouldn’t be where I am. But I served an LDS mission and I’m a student at BYU,” Nielson said. “I want to share my experiences, and let people know you don’t have to do this. You don’t have to follow this path (of addiction). I really believe it’s going to be okay.”
7. As Recovery Month comes to a close, we are looking back on our progress and participation with the #AACRecovery30 Challenge. Check out our entries here.