The Accidental Journey of Philly Songwriter Trip Boyd

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Although his matter-of-fact and casual demeanor may not show it, Philly-based songwriter James “Trip” Boyd is a man who has led many lives, through which the common threads have been music and substance abuse. Now, exceedingly content in this latest stage of life, and with years of sobriety under his belt, Boyd was good enough to sit down with Recovery Unplugged to discuss his tumultuous past, comfortable present and hopeful future. For all of its uniqueness and its many twists, turns and layers, Boyd’s story is one that could really happen to anyone, and that’s exactly how he tells it.


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An Important Message from Recovery Unplugged Medical Director Dr. David Kramer

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I’ve treated thousands of patients over my 20-year career as a doctor on the front lines of substance abuse and psychiatric illness. Recently, however, I had a heartrending experience that I feel must be shared; one that brings home the true nature of compassionate and genuine treatment in this fearful and uncertain time when millions of Americans suffer from life-threatening opioid addiction and struggle to access treatment.


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US Prisons Using Vivitrol to Curb Post-Release Opioid Addiction among Inmates

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Addiction and incarceration have been closely linked for decades. One of the primary critics of this country’s current drug laws is that they disproportionately punish non-violent offenders, needlessly crowding the prison system and tearing families apart. Looking at the current incarceration rates in US prisons, it’s hard to disagree with this assessment. It’s also true that prisons, themselves, can be incubators for addiction. Most recently there was a controversy regarding the smuggling and abuse of Suboxone in American prisons, proving once again that even anti-opioid drugs can be diverted and abused. A pilot program that provides Vivitrol injections to addicted inmates may offer medication-assisted treatment with diminished opportunity for diversion.


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Donald Trump’s Drug Prevention Policy…So Far

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On November 8th, the country made its choice regarding which candidate it wanted as its next Commander-in-Chief. Amidst the tumult, uncertainty and fair amount of political venom of one of the most bizarre and divisive presidential election cycles in modern American history, it would appear that the dust of campaign season is beginning to settle; and while many are finding the results to be problematic and unsettling, institutional consensus dictates the country move forward and that President-Elect Trump focus on policy. This includes taking on the drug addiction problem that has become the most deadly and pervasive public health issue facing the United States, claiming over 47,000 American lives at its peak in 2014.


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2016 Red Ribbon Week Spreads Awareness of Drug Addiction

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October 31st marked the conclusion of this year’s Red Ribbon Week, a nine-day event meant to spread awareness and education regarding the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Red Ribbon Week was established by the National Family Partnership, an organization established in 1980 by parents affected by drug addiction in their families in an effort promote empowerment and action. Since their inception, they’ve become a national leader in prevention, education and advocacy on a mission to lead and support American families in nurturing the full potential of healthy and drug-free youth. This year marked the 31st anniversary of Red Ribbon Week, the organization’s flagship event.


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Recovery Unplugged Releases New eBook on the Impact of Addiction on Families

RUTexas-families-in-addiction.jpgFamilies are the lesser-discussed casualties of addiction. For practically every one of the over 23 million Americans suffering from chemical dependency, there is a whole separate group of people suffering right alongside them. This family doesn’t even have to be blood-related. They can be anybody in our lives to whom we look for love, guidance, support and affection. When addiction threatens the family unit, loved ones of addicts can, and often do, become paralyzed with fear and uncertainty, resulting in inactivity and even enabling. Rather than let addiction and chemical dependency destroy the fabric of their family and threaten their loved one’s life, families can educate and empower themselves to guide their addicted loved one toward treatment.


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Population of Addicted Homeless Rises Dramatically in Austin

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If you live in the Austin area and have noticed a dramatic increase in the region’s homeless population, you’re not imagining things. A recent survey conducted by Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) revels a 17 percent increase of homlessness in the past year. Part of this influx is attributable to the homeless-friendly climate found in Austin and nearby areas, where the economically disadvantaged can get a hot meal and find agreeable weather much easier than in other areas of the United States. Some shelters are serving lunch to an average of 300 homeless  per day, many of whom are hoping to get a fresh start in Austin and get back on their feet.


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