Addiction, whether to drugs, alcohol, tobacco
or involving other substances or actions, is a disease that can be effectively
allowing individuals and those around them to recover their lives.
The Coalition is a broad-based, diverse,
not-for-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with addictive disorders. Our
mission is to promote recovery through advocacy, public education and service.
When we talk about HIV and drug addiction, we most often focus on injection drug use (IDU) as a risk factor for HIV transmission. While only 2.6% of the country's population over the age of 13 reports having injected drugs at some point during their lives, approximately 10% of new HIV infections occur through shared injection equipment and 22% of people living with HIV (PLWH) were infected through IDU. These numbers do not account for people who use non-injection drugs, who experience HIV prevalence similar to that of people who inject drugs. Click here to read more.
Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not a behavior issue
Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. Click here to read more.
Coloring the Canal Purple
Recovery month was kicked off this year with "Coloring the Canal Purple". Watch the dedication below and view the coloring here.
Do you struggle with addiction and would like to hear from others who've been where you are?
Are you in early recovery and would like to hear other suggestions and experience that might enhance your recovery?
Are you in long-term recovery but are looking for ways to enhance your recovery?
Are you a trained Recovery Coach and would like to review some material from our recent workshop/training?
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Recovery Coach, but need to better understand what is involved?
Are you a friend or family member of someone in active addiction or in long term recovery who'd like to better understanding addiction and recovery from the perspective of a person in long term recovery?
Are you interested in better understanding addiction and recovery from the perspective of a person in long term recovery?
Our online resource guide for Treatment
and Self-Help continues to get local,
state and national recognition for its breadth and depth of available resources
from around the country. We've included several new links - be sure to check
them out! If you find any additional resources we should include, please let
Shifting our Focus and Vocabulary: Recovery
Our new U.S. Recovery Czar Mike Botticelli recently talked with 60 Minutes
about a shift he's leading to focus more on a "war of recovery" instead
of a "war on drugs." Here is a clip from those interviews:
Recovery Coach Training
IAIC & Project PEERS is developing an infrastructure for peer recovery
support services in Indiana.
Project PEERS will result in:
Development of a state-accepted credential for Peer Recovery Specialist
Training of Peer Recovery Coaches
Development activities for Recovery Community Organizations to increase
their use of Peer Recovery Support Services