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Ten Percent of Americans Say They are “In Recovery”

A new survey finds that 10% of Americans over the age of 18 say they used to have a problem with drugs, including alcohol, but no longer do. A story about the survey appeared on the Market Watch website, a division of the Wall Street Journal. It was carried out last year, asking about 2,500 people “Did you used to have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but no longer do?” It was sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free America and funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Extrapolating from the results, the surveyors estimated that 23.5 million Americans can be described as “in recovery.”

Of course, “no longer have a problem” is an odd turn of phrase to use since it doesn’t mean “stopped using.” Still, it’s a pretty stunning number of people willing to admit that they ever had a problem with substance abuse.

See the article HERE

Blog Author Likes LifeRing

LifeRing was recently featured in a blog called “Wired in to Recovery”. The author, Derek Jones, is handicapped but was able to participate in a LifeRing Chat meeting. “I have just spent the last hour on LifeRing and I found it fantastic. I joined a conversation with four people and it really has helped my confidence to be able to talk to people. I explained to them that I was not fast at typing and the response was just to take my time as there is no rush. Most of the chat was really light hearted and the people were open and honest about their addictions.”

If you are interested in learning more about LifeRing’s Chat on-line meetings, visit the Chat Room on our website

Read more of Derek’s blog by clicking HERE

Deciphering Mixed Messages About Alcohol

A recent radio broadcast of NPR’s Talk of the Town concerned itself with the stark truth about the toll that Alcohol takes on the American people. Tens of thousands dying each year, millions addicted or dependent, millions more who’ve suffered grievous damage directly related to alcohol use. You can listen to the archived broadcast, or read a transcript, HERE

Recovery on campus – a hot issue

The New York Times has a good story about sobriety recovery in the college world and what colleges and universities are doing to try to help college age alcoholics and addicts.

One takeaway? As counselor B.J. Davis mentioned at a Lifering Congress a few years ago … enjoying life early in sobriety is important in general. It has to be at the college lifestyle level, as a counselor at Rutgers points out on page 2. The story mentions specific ways to do that sober fun in college.

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‘Healthy’ red wine data is bogus

An AP story has the details:

A University of Connecticut researcher known for his work on the benefits of red wine to heart health falsified his data in more than 100 instances, and nearly a dozen scientific journals are being warned of the potential problems after publishing his studies in recent years, officials said Wednesday.

UConn officials said their internal review found 145 instances over seven years in which Dr. Dipak Das fabricated and falsified data, and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity has launched an independent investigation of his work.

There’s no indication of the motive, but the university just turned down nearly $1 million in federal grants related to the fake research.