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Open to Hope TV: The Intersection Between Sibling Loss, Addiction and Recovery feat. Fay Zenoff and Julia Sachs

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Open to Hope is an online community offering inspirational stories of loss, hope and recovery through TV, radio, articles and books. Each episode of Open to Hope TV showcases people who have suffered loss and again found hope. On this episode, Dr. Gloria Horsley, Dr. Heidi Horsley and Alan Pedersen, Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, talk to COR Executive Director Fay Zenoff and Julia Sachs about the challenges of coping with the deaths of their siblings, Victor, Paul and Kristian. The show closes with Amy Cooper singing ‘In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,’ a song originally made famous by Frank Sinatra. 

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Women changing the status-quo. Open Recovery is empowerment.

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Listen to COR executive director, Fay Zenoff, interviewed by Lauren Schiller – host of Inflection Point, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on women in positions of power and leadership. Episodes uncover the potential of women to transform our world.  Fay discusses the power of Open Recovery and changing the way we think about, discuss and respond to addiction. Listen in here.

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Community Strengthens Recovery

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Last week while in Washington DC for an Alcohol Policy Conference, I had the honor of visiting the offices of Senators Feinstein, Boxer, and Congresswoman Pelosi to ask for their support enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. That law, passed in 2008, has yet to be funded and therefore has not been implemented nor enforced. Without parity, those of us seeking insurance coverage for treatment and recovery services are not given sufficient information as to why our reimbursement claims are not being honored – as they should be. And while it is heartening and monumental that CARA – the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act recently passed the Senate by a vote of 94 to 1, and hopefully the House will quickly follow suit; without funding to address this public health crisis, these laws are nothing more than an acknowledgment and acceptance of dire injustice. How is it…

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Discharged from hospital with fatal dose of opiates. Who is accountable?

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Heartbreaking news of another young person in recovery dying today by accidental overdose to prescribed medication. How is this possible? Who is accountable? What can we do to stop this? “The fact that a discharging doctor could so easily send a patient out of the hospital with a potentially fatal dose of opiates is a reflection of how the rhetoric around treating drug addiction as a public health issue hasn’t gotten much beyond words” says reporter Jason Cherkis in his article. “If you’re allergic to penicillin, that goes on your record, and if a doctor comes in later and tries to write a prescription for penicillin, it’s blocked, you can’t do it,” said David Grubb. “And the same is true with drugs that interact with one another improperly. Anytime you do that, it’s part of the medical records and they’re all electronic.” Why is this not the case when treating…

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Election Promises and Recovery Parades

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Last week, I listened to one of our presidential candidates outline a ‘five point plan’ for addressing the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic. The plan entailed: 1. Reforming the criminal  justice system to move people with addiction from denial into treatment — rather than into jails. 2. Building greater treatment capacity to increase the number of people who can access help and also reduce the waiting time. 3. Distributing rescue kits widely to be immediately responsive to those who overdose. 4. Utilizing a national database tracking prescriptions to stop doctors and patients from over-dispensing. 5. Changing attitudes to get rid of the stigma of addiction through nationwide prevention and education programs. I absolutely agree with all the points above. However, glaringly absent, from this list is a point focused on supporting long-term recovery. In my opinion, supporting long-term recovery is essential for a truly comprehensive and affective plan. Today the...
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Ending shame to save our children’s lives

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I received a call just before the holidays from someone interested in donating to one of our prevention programs. It’s not often that we are sought out by a prospective donor. The importance of our work seems largely obscured by the prevailing societal disdain for addicts. We all know that this country has waged a “war on drugs” for several decades now, resulting in our criminalizing users rather than minimizing the flow of illegal substances onto our streets . This means many of those needing help are met with judgment and typically given minimal access to short-term resources if not incarcerated. So I was quite interested to understand what had prompted this unexpected call. My heart sank as I listened to the all too familiar story of loss, grief, heartbreak and shock. The day prior to our conversation, the caller’s best friend had lost her son to a drug overdose….

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