Category: Blog Posts


New Year, New Start 2022!

The beginning of a new year often brings intentions of making positive changes.  Regardless of one’s views on substances, here are a few things to consider. A study conducted by John Hopkins University revealed that the alcohol sales from retail…

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NEW YORK COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING CALLS FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO FIGHT PROBLEM GAMBLING IN ANTICIPATION OF MOBILE SPORTS BETTING CONSEQUENCES

Albany, NY– On December 6, 2021, the New York Council on Problem Gambling is asking NYS Lawmakers, the press and community partners to join together to show support for problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery.  This 30 minute, live, Zoom…

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Speaking from Experience: Tips from a Suicide Survivor

As a long-term survivor, if this letter helps even one person who genuinely wishes to comfort someone on the loss of a loved one to suicide, it will have been worth my time to write it.  Each situation is different,…

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Community Members Clean Out Medicine Cabinets at Fall Pill Drop

Belfast and Whitesville– On Saturday, October 23 the Allegany County Fall Pill Drop was held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Belfast and Whitesville were chosen for the fall locations.  The pill…

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observed in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a nationwide campaign celebrating the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is: “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” NDEAM’s history dates back to 1945, when Congress…

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: The Impacts of Problem Gambling

According to the CDC (CDC, 2020) suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. This is a concerning statistic and many people struggle with their mental health every day. There are many factors that may lead…

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Be a Family Day STAR!

Monday, September 27th, marks the 21st anniversary of Family Day: Making Every Day Special, founded in 2001 by the Center on Addiction.  Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that…

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Gambling Problems Don’t Make You a Terrible Person

Often when problem gambling makes headlines, the focus is on the financial toll and the devastation experienced by spouses, children, and other loved ones. Although these are very impactful consequences of someone’s gambling problem, it can unfairly vilify the person…

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Parenting Strategies for Children Struggling with Homework

School-aged children are facing their first exposure to the concept of a job. They have to show up at school every day, do what’s asked of them, and finish work at home for the next day. While it may be…

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32nd National Recovery Month

This September marks the 32nd National Recovery Month, an observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding…

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