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Partners in Recovery: The Foundry

Chief Program Officer of Foundry Ministries, Brandon Lackey, recently shared with Art Wimberly how The Foundry is working to improve the lives of those with substance use disorders and how The Foundry has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brandon and Art also discussed Brandon’s work as an Alabama Association of Christian Recovery Ministries board member, […]

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How Addiction is Stigmatized, and Steps You Can Take to Break the Stigma

The first time I got in trouble as a result of my addiction was when I failed a drug test in high school. On the outside, I was a straight-A student, an athlete, and a well-rounded teenager. On the inside, I was depressed, struggling with trauma, and abusing drugs and alcohol. When I failed this

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Current Trends in the Opioid Epidemic in Jefferson County, Alabama

We recently took a look at the trends in the opioid epidemic in Jefferson County, AL with Dr. Darlene Traffanstedt, Medical Director at the Jefferson County Department of Health. Dr. Traffanstedt discussed national trends and how Jefferson County mirrors those statistics. COVID-19 and Fentanyl have greatly impacted and changed the opioid epidemic in the last

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Never Too Early, Never Too Late: Talking to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol

As parents, our children’s safety is our top concern – and never far from our minds. We teach our kids not to run out in the street, yet are quick to grab their wrists when they approach a curb. We sit them down for the “stranger danger” discussion, yet panic at the store the moment

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What Will Replace Juul for American Youth?

Before the pandemic locked us in our homes, there was an epidemic ravaging American high schools E-cigarettes and vaping. E-cigarette use ballooned with trendy new products like Juul vape pens, and US legislators struggled to get teenage nicotine use under control. The world after quarantine will undoubtedly be different, and consumer behavior will shift to

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It’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week!

Let’s eliminate some common myths and focus in on our researched facts:   Myth:  You cannot become addicted to marijuana. Fact:  Although it is less likely to become addicted to marijuana than many other drugs, it is possible.  One in eleven people who use marijuana become addicted.   Myth:  If it is prescribed by my doctor

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