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To Heal Instead of Judge: Editor’s Letter and TOC

“All of a sudden you feel like somebody has your back and you matter. You are not just an addict. That grace is huge.” — April Chouinard

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After Parental Rights are Terminated, Mothers Find Support in One Another

I am able to talk freely about my story without judgment and with total acceptance. This has changed my life.

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Step 2: Define Success on Individual Basis

Somebody came into my office and said ‘I relapsed yesterday. I already talked to my probation officer. I already have my bags packed to go to treatment.’ That is success for that person.

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In the News: June 2022

Naloxone Finder Map, Monthly Addiction Treatment Shot, Mental Health Crisis Response

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Step 1: Expand Treatment Centers

We can interrupt the cycle of children aging up into homelessness, which is a problem in our state.

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“Many People Who Do Bad Things Are Not Bad People”

Bit by bit, I shared more of my truth, however ugly, each time I returned.

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Label Cans, Not People

Why can’t we reward and celebrate the people who seek help?

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Person-Centered Care and the Value of Peer Support

Our role is not to “fix what is wrong.”

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De-stigmatizing Substance Use Disorders

We often do not treat people who are seeking help for a drug addiction with empathy. We treat them with judgment and scorn.

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We Recover With Others: A Conversation with Farhia Budul

We help people understand that substance use disorders are a brain disease, and that recovery is possible.

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Faith & Fight: Barbara Satin Spent Decades Advocating for Trans Inclusion in Church Communities

As a devout Catholic who spent time in the seminary in her late teens, Satin says she knew that there was little room for women in leadership in the Catholic church and absolutely no acceptance of a transgender person.

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The “YIMBY” vs. “NIMBY” Movement

They did not want ‘those’ kids near ‘their’ kids.