Heavy Drinking May Change DNA, Studies Report

Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol, reports a study out of Rutgers University. Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. “We found that people who drinkRead More

Drug Companies Sued Over Opioid Epidemic

A U.S. District Court Judge is allowing a massive lawsuit against the country’s biggest drug makers and distributors to move forward. Hundreds of cities and towns across the United States now have the opportunity to prove that companies like Purdue Pharma, Walmart, and Rite Aid contributed to the addictions of millions of American citizens. CallingRead More

More Pregnant Women are Using Meth and Opioids, Study Finds

According to recent studies from the University of Michigan, more pregnant women are using methamphetamine and/or opioids while children are in vitro. Over the past 10 years, meth-related births have doubled and opioid-related births have quadrupled, adding a new depth to the crisis of addiction in this country. Additionally, this surge in drug-related births isRead More

Sober Living Residents Host Winter Clothing Drive

A group of women in recovery from addiction have begun a new charity drive to collect hats, gloves, jackets and blankets for the homeless. Eric Spofford, the owner of Granite Recovery Centers — a Salem-based for-profit company with six addiction treatment and recovery centers across the state — is no stranger to homelessness. Before heRead More

Beyond the Stigma of Addiction: Making a Difference

The call was completely unexpected, Dana Lariviere remembers. It was from Sarah Rawlins, a woman he’d fired from his Portsmouth call center a few years earlier after she repeatedly missed work or came in late. Rawlins was asking to meet with him. Lariviere is CEO and president of Chameleon Group. We don’t usually rehire peopleRead More

Granite Recovery Centers Celebrates 10 years

Eric Spofford, the 33-year-old addict turned CEO, is celebrating a decade since he opened Granite Recovery Centers, a full-spectrum of addiction care that’s expanded into seven facilities for men and women across New Hampshire. Read more at the EagleTribune.com…

NAATP Adopts Membership Accreditation Requirement

Earlier this year the NAATP membership voted on the issue of whether to require that addiction treatment providers be accredited as a condition of membership. The measure proposing the requirement was approved overwhelmingly by the Board of Directors and the membership at large. Read more at NAATP.org…

Teen Cannabis Use Not Without Developmental Risks

Although studies have shown that alcohol and cannabis misuse are related to impaired cognition in youth, previous studies were not designed to understand this relationship and differentiate whether cannabis use was causal or consequential to cognitive impairment. A new study by researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal, published in the American Journal ofRead More

Cocaine Adulterant May Cause Brain Damage

People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. These findings from two recent studies at the University of Zurich indicate that levamisole could have a toxic effect on the brain. Drug-checking programs should therefore be expanded, argue the researchers. Read more atRead More