Morning Roundup: May 7, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/07/19

Unique company allows sober women to travel together, former NFL star gives speech on descent into addiction, federal court gives groundbreaking ruling on addiction treatment in jail.

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Exploring in sober sisterhood. © Olezzo |

Loosid Helps Sober People in an Alcohol-Obsessed Dating Scene [Paper Magazine]
This mobile app is said to be "the most comprehensive sober lifestyle app" out there. Paper magazine chats with Loosid creator and CEO, MJ Gottlieb, on creating a sober community space for the digital age.

Setting Precedent, Federal Court Rules Jail Must Give Inmate Addiction Treatment [NPR]
A federal court in Boston ruled that a jail in rural Maine must provide inmate Brenda Smith with medication for opioid use disorder. "This is the first federal appeals court in the country to address the right to treatment for opioid addiction in jail."

Sober Girls Travel: For Sober Women to Explore Together [TVNZ1]
Women who prefer to travel sober, in the company of other sober women, can do just that with this unique travel company. TVNZ1 interviews the founder of Sober Girls Travel, who made the choice to stop drinking to fully experience every journey.

Former NFL Player Ryan Leaf Gives Speech on Substance Abuse [Flathead Beacon]
In his hometown of Great Falls, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf gave a speech sharing his journey from football stardom to prescription drug addiction, crime, and a prison sentence. "I was a drug addict long before I ever took a drug. I didn't know any better."

Overdoses in California Prisons Up 113% in Three Years [SF Chronicle]
Last year in California prisons, nearly 1,000 men and women experienced a drug overdose—representing a 113% increase. Officials are faced with the challenge of keeping harmful drugs out of prisons.

Rhett Miller: 'I Was Terrified I Wouldn't Be Creative Without Booze' [Texas Monthly]
The frontman of Old 97's Rhett Miller said on a recent podcast that despite his fear that recovery would kill his creativity, he's discovered the opposite to be true. "The clarity of thought is beautiful."

Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan to Treat Substance Abuse, Mental Illness [NBC News]
2020 presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Klobuchar, released a new policy focusing on the treatment/prevention of substance abuse and mental illness. Addressing substance abuse is personal to Klobuchar, whose father "struggled with alcohol his whole life." 

Perspective: 'I Couldn't Stop, and That Was Scary... I Was Powerless Over Food.' [Independent]
Reflections of an "addictive eater." "I went to great lengths not to get caught doing what I was doing. I would eat normally in front of other people, but when I'd come home and there weren't other people in the kitchen, I'd just start eating."

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