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Missing in the media coverage of the unrelenting legions of drug overdose deaths in the United States is an equally important but less heralded story. What subsequently happens to people who experience a drug overdose but are successfully rescued through emergency medical intervention? What is their fate after they leave the hospital or other emergency care setting? New grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) are collaborating with first responders and hospitals to influence such outcomes.

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How Accurate Are Opioid Overdose Death Statistics?

Researchers examined six years worth of death certificates to determine the accuracy of opioid-related death statistics for a new study.

The overdose epidemic may be vastly underestimated, according to a new study out of the University of Virginia. 

A closer look at death certificates from 2008 to 2014 led Dr. Christopher Ruhm to the conclusion that opioid death rates could be 24% higher than previously estimated.

“Opioid and heroin involved mortality rates were 24% and 22% greater than reported rates,” the study says. “The differences varied across states, with particularly large effects in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Louisiana.”

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The Benefits of working with a Recovery Coach

A Greater Boston news report discusses how Recovery Coaching is a valuable tool to combat the Opioid Epidemic, and other benefits of working with a Recovery Coach. The news report goes over the significant drop of emergency room visits due to drug related incidents, as well as a drop of client’s new legal entanglements, higher rate of academic pursuits, and a higher employment rate.

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Steps to finding a Sober Living Home that is right for you

Here are some things to look out for when looking for a sober living home:


Does the Sober Living Home offer Recovery Support Services? Some examples of these services include a Back to Work Program, Peer to Peer support Specialists, Recovery Coaching, Lifeskills Development program, Etc..

Is there any Structure?  Are there rules in place? Do the staff have specific ways to enforce these rules?

Does the Sober Living Home provide access to community resources?

Safety: What happens if a resident breaks the rules? Is the staff trained to respond in crisis situations?

Drug Testing: Does the Sober Home conduct drug screenings on a regular basis? Are the tests included with the housing fees?

Does the Sober Living Home promote community involvement? Are there regular activities that promote a sober lifestyle? 

Look for Sober Living Homes that have a F.A.R.R. accreditation. Don’t be afraid to ask about compliance with national or state accreditation standards. Look around and make sure the home has detailed rules to maintain residency, and most importantly, check out the social support offered at the home. Accreditation for sober living homes is still fairly new, but it is catching on quickly.

The main goal of a Sober Living Home is to offer a safe environment and social support during recovery, while maintaining a high standard of ethical business practices. 

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