Morning Roundup: Mar. 4, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/04/19

Martha Stewart to advise cannabis company, Chicago reporter shares mom's addiction story, 'The Addict's Diary' draws online following.

Martha advising cannabis company
Martha is branching into cannabis. Vonora |

Martha Stewart to Advise Cannabis Company [CNN]
The queen of homemaking is teaming up with a cannabis company to develop cannabis-based products for people and animals. 

Chicago Reporter's Essay About Mom's Opioid Addiction Brave and Essential [Chicago Tribune]
A fellow reporter's take on a recent essay published in the Chicago Sun-Times: 'How Opioid Addiction Took Over My Mother's Life.'  

'The Addict's Diary' Shares Personal Struggles with Drugs, Draws Online Following [Portsmouth Daily Times]
Following the success of 'The Addict's Diary,' two friends began writing a shared blog called 'Humans of Addiction.' They feature not only their own stories, but the stories of people they meet who are battling substance use disorder as well. 

San Diego Files Civil Lawsuit Against Companies Profiting from Opioid Addiction [KUSI]
The city of San Diego has named Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family in a new lawsuit for their alleged role in exacerbating the opioid crisis. The lawsuit seeks damages in the form of funding recovery programs and more. 

People in Recovery Become Addiction Counselors at UC Berkeley Extension Program [Daily Californian]
A program at UC Berkeley Extension gives people in recovery a chance to use their experience to help others. The program is regarded as "one of the best in the country."  

Addiction as a Mirror: Avoiding Relapse Through Self-Awareness and Compassion [Psych Central]
Healing can take place when we approach problems as opportunities for self-reflection, rather than from a place of judgment, a counselor in the field writes. Through the lens of spiritual psychology, he shares the healing properties of compassion and reflection.

Running for $2,019 to Raise Funds for Addiction Treatment [Adirondack Daily Enterprise]
A woman working in the addiction/recovery field has seen firsthand how a person's treatment can be disrupted by lack of insurance coverage. She's now raising money for the cause by running, walking and hiking for her new fundraising campaign Miles for Recovery.

West Virginia Senate Health Passes Bill to Certify Addiction Recovery Homes [WV Gazette Mail]
A health committee in West Virginia's legislature has passed a bill to allow sober living homes to voluntarily become certified. Only certified residences will be able to take referrals from state agencies.

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