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FEATURES 08 NETWORKING FOR GOOD Founder builds strong network to help clients 12 A PRAYER ANSWERED Counselor uses personal recovery journey to help clients 16 LEARNING RECOVERY Substance abuse counselor teaches patients how to break long-standing patterns 46 A FAMILY OF CHARACTERS Client shares experience with an array of staff members 50 KEEPING FAITH Client holds onto his faith to empower him 54 OUTOFTHE COURTS, INTORECOVERY BTTJ staff accommodate clients referred through the court systems 60 A RUDE AWAKENING Unexpected hardships bring client to find refuge

IN THE NEWS 24 BEND BUT DON’T BREAK Yoga is being used to help people maintain recovery and avoid relapse 26 COPINGWITH DISCRIMINATION Discrimination remains largely ignored as a cause of substance abuse 28 FIGHTING FIREWITH FIRE Researchers look to combat addiction through repurposed pharmaceuticals 30 HIDDENDANGERS Alcohol poses whole host of health concerns 32 MORETHAN SKINDEEP Implant represents revolutionary approach to treating opioid addiction

34 UNDERSERVED AND UNDETERRED Overcoming the unique challenges LGBTQ individuals face with addiction 36 RELAPSETRACKERS Fitness trackers can help prevent relapses 38 PROLONGINGTHE PAIN Study suggests painkillers may be having the opposite effect in the long run 40 GROWING CONCERNOVER HEROIN USE New poll shows Americans are increasingly concerned with the dangers that heroin use poses to the country 44 BOOM, BUST, ANDDRUGS Study says economic downturn leads to increase in substance use disorders

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