Call your legislators today (9.10.08) to end insurance discrimination

Advocates around the country are asking people to call their US Senators and Representatives today and tell them to “pass the mental health and substance abuse parity legislation before Congress adjourns.” This long overdue bill requires health insurers to provide the same coverage for substance abuse and mental health issues as they do for any…

Susan Sharon reports on addiction and recovery for professionals in Maine

Susan Sharon, deputy news director at Maine Public Broadcasting Network, recently did a two-part series on addiction in Maine and how it specifically affects the professional world. Sharon reported on a judge who brings his own past experience of alcoholism to the bench and an assistance program that helps Maine lawyers and judges find recovery,…

Drinking during a slow economy

You can’t get away from the reminders of a slow economy these days. Rising gas and food prices, job cuts and the mortgage mess are constant headlines. While many Americans have curbed their spending, it seems that alcohol sales have remained strong. CNN.com recently wrote an interesting article that talks about how the economy affects…

Are You a Problem Parent?

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released the results of their National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XIII: Teens and Parents. It’s the 13th year they’ve done the back to school survey. This year, they’ve identified “problem parents” as increasing the risk that teens will smoke, drink…

Upcoming Maine Recovery Month Events

September is National Drug & Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month in the United States. Sponsored by the  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Maine will be celebrating with several events statewide. Here are…