Not Drinking in Cuba

Not Drinking in Cuba

Not drinking in Cuba, by Jen Palo. I went to Cuba and I didn’t drink. Woo Hoo! The mojitos were free flowing everywhere. Sexy Latino bartenders expertly combined the Cuban rum, sugarcane, lime juice and basil, topped with a citrus garnish and sometimes adding the forever loved umbrella. At least, I think it’s made with basil, maybe its mint. I thought for a moment that I should look it up but I have no business knowing how drinks are made...

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Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone

Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone

Written by Alex Pareene, senior editor at Deadspin. Blame white people. Blame white men in particular, but reserve plenty of blame for white women. Blame old people, too. Blame rich people, as always. Blame the public at large for Donald fucking Trump getting more votes than Donald Duck. Democracy enacts the will of the public; this is what the public wants.  Blame the Founders for enshrining white supremacy in our constitution and making it...

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Caribbean Recovery.

Caribbean Recovery.

by Jen Smith. Myself, my honey and two other couples were milling around on a street corner in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was hot, but enjoyably hot, at least for me. I really can’t speak for the others, although no one was complaining about it so that was a good sign. Across the street was the harbor where we’d be boarding our cruise ship when it arrived tomorrow. The light pastel colored buildings, old Spanish style houses, clean...

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The Other Side of Andover Massachusetts

I honor these kids for their courage to speek up about addiction in their town and in their life. By DEBORAH BECKER and SHANNON DOOLING BOSTON With many high schoolers marking this time of year with caps and gowns and plans for college, a recent Andover High School graduate is trying to draw attention to those young people who are not. And they’re not because of opioid addiction. Kaegan Casey’s senior project is an 87-minute...

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End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

End Stigma against Medically Assisted Recovery

By Joseph Markman. The Enterprise. Posted Mar. 24, 2015 at 2:24 AM Updated at 2:43 AM Paul grew up in a middle class family and earned a college degree. He has worked as a professional on the South Shore for the last 20 years. His story, by now, is familiar. In his early 30s, Paul went into the hospital for surgery and came out with a 30-day prescription for OxyContin, a powerful painkiller containing oxycodone. Back then, in the late 1990s,...

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Neuroscience and addiction

Neuroscience and addiction

I like to consider myself well versed on drugs and recovery. My knowledge of both of these contradicting topics comes from self-discovery and exploration. I know drugs from doing them and I know recovery through the study and participation in the 12-step recovery programs along with more recent study of other people’s recovery paths through my work as a recovery coach. But what is neuroscience and what can it explain about addiction? This is...

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