By Jeanie Gschweng, General Manager, CSTL

If you ask me the number one reason people should choose to live at Clean & Sober Recovery Services, it’s the sense of community, and it’s the way we structure our community.

When I first arrived at CSTL as a resident, I knew that I didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of staying sober if I returned to the environment where all my people drank and used. So, here’s where the humility part comes in: I had to admit to myself that I didn’t know how to navigate a sober life. I didn’t know how to make my way through the day’s challenges without the help of mood or mind-altering substances. And the sober role models in my life were few and far between. I was a snowball – straight out of treatment – who was going to melt in the hot sun OR find out how to build a life of recovery.

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Belden, Inc., is an innovator and global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications. The company is also a leader in terms of fighting American’s opioid crisis. Prospective Belden employees at the Richmond, Indiana, plant who fail a pre-employment drug test are now offered a tailored rehab program that puts them on the path to sobriety – and to a job with Belden, once firmly planted in recovery. This approach opens the door to recovery while tackling a shortage of qualified workers. Learn how Belden's innovation in action builds a healthy, loyal workforce and community.

Data is starting to drift in about how babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are doing, and the early numbers are promising. These babies – born to mothers who used opioids while pregnant – developed drug withdrawal symptoms in the days or months after birth. Thankfully, in spite of that very rough and heartbreaking start, studies show that the children are generally meeting normal developmental milestones.

But their best bet at a bright future really starts with their mom’s ability to find sustained recovery, and that’s the goal at Horizons, a residential substance use disorder treatment program where mothers undergoing treatment can bring their children. The kids attend school or day care while mothers take classes, go to therapy sessions, and learn how to be nurturing parents. Most of these moms experienced trauma, abuse or neglect in their own childhoods, so they can learn a lot from this powerful program, which is affiliated with the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Find out how healthy foundations for the future are built here.

If the consequences weren’t so tragic, this story could almost be comical.... Who knew there was such a  raging demand for synthetic pee?  And now legislators are seeking to ban it entirely. Certainly, people have tried to fake out drug tests for years by swapping in a buddy’s urine or masking their drug use with an uber dose of various vitamins. Now, amidst a raging opioid epidemic, people are using synthetic urine so they can pass their drug tests. Learn about the dangerous consequences of imposter pee and what legislators are doing about it.

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