Nonprofit sells chocolate to support homeless/addiction services, federal workers offered free mental health counseling, athlete granted NCAA medical waiver for addiction.

Furloughed Federal Workers Offered Free Mental Health Counseling [Chicago Tribune]
The government shutdown is on its 36th day. As unpaid federal employees wonder how they will keep up with mounting payments, a health care provider is hoping to manage some of the stress by offering free counseling. 

‘Warm Hand Off’ Program Offers OD Patients Immediate Treatment Options [Chicago Daily Herald]
A local program will offer immediate treatment options to drug overdose survivors. By offering immediate help, the goal is to break the cycle of drug abuse and overdose. 

The Athlete Who Was Granted an NCAA Medical Waiver for Addiction [WBUR]
In college, Jon Cross put his drug use before soccer. Years later, against all odds, he got a second chance to play on a college soccer team. 

Nonprofit Sells Chocolate to Help Pay for Homeless & Addiction Services [WUSF]
After receiving a donation of chocolate-making equipment, City Rescue Mission is now selling chocolate to offset the costs of its free programs.

Power 5 Conferences Vote to Provide Mental Health Services [ESPN]
The Power 5 conferences passed legislation at the NCAA convention requiring their schools to make mental health support available for student-athletes. 

Peer Recovery Coaches Carve Out Role During Opioid Crisis [Worcester Telegram & Gazette]
This report highlights the role that recovery coaches have in supporting others’ recovery. Through “lived experience,” they are able to offer meaningful guidance, without judgment. 

Director of Mount Sinai Addiction Institute Explores the Neurobiology of Drug Dependency [Stanford Daily]
Yasmin Hurd recently presented new approaches for the treatment of addiction disorders. Hurd and her team study the molecular basis of addiction in the human brain.

Amid South Dakota’s Meth Epidemic, Woman in Recovery Helps Others Find Sobriety [Jamestown Sun]
Teri Leuning “fell in love” with methamphetamine in high school. Now six years sober, the mother-of-two is sharing her story to help others.

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