Morning Roundup: June 11, 2019

By The Fix staff 06/11/19
Pride events offer options for sober revelers, Scotland's first recovery village a different take on rehab, Shinedown vocalist didn't think he could make music sober.
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"Too many talented people have died, and the world feels too fragile to be swigging champagne and flicking the finger at it." Christian Bertrand |

Pride Events Across Chicago Offer Sober Options to All Ages [Columbia Chronicle]
"It's important to really highlight the families of the LGBTQ community. It's not just the parties, it's not just the drag queens and the spectacle of it all." This year's Pride in Chicago is taking care to be family- and sober-friendly.

Michael Gove, British PM Hopeful: 'I Deeply Regret' Taking Cocaine [CNN]
A UK cabinet minister admitted to using cocaine when he was a "young journalist"—a decision he said was "a mistake, I deeply regret it." Michael Gove is now being criticized for exibiting "hypocrisy of the highest order" as a former minister of justice.

Keeping Kids Healthy and Sane in a Digital World [Kaiser Health News]
Limiting screen time and sticking to a routine balancing "tech-free" time can help kids establish a healthy relationship with technology. A number of tools—apps, guides, and more—seeking to help parents manage kids' screen time are available.

Florence Welch: 'I Look Back on My 20s With a Mix of Nostalgia and Terror' [Vogue]
The frontwoman of Florence and the Machine reflects on her younger years, before she became sober at 27. "I tend to look back on that time with a mix of nostalgia and terror."

Scotland's Recovery Village Where Addicts Become Role Models [BBC]
Patients at Scotland's first recovery village live and work on the estate, working to become a part of the staff, receive a paycheck, and mentor other patients. It's a different take on rehab for substance use disorder.

Shinedown's Brent Smith: 'I Was Afraid I Couldn't Write a Record Clean' [Loudwire]
Attention Attention is the first album that vocalist Brent Smith was 'fully sober' for—from recording to touring. Smith made his first attempt at recovery in 2011, but that didn't stick.

Free Heroin? Unusual Clinic Offers 'Chance at Being Human Again' [CBC]
An unconventional program provides medical-grade heroin to 140 people at Vancouver's Crosstown Clinic for whom methadone and other treatments have not worked. It's not a solution, one patient says, but it allows him to function.

'Love Island' Star Mike Thalassitis' Death Ruled a Suicide [People]
The death of a contestant on the British reality dating show Love Island has been ruled a suicide. Mike Thalassitis was found dead on March 16 at the age of 26.

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