Addiction Recovery Weekly Roundup | July 5th Week

1.The homeless drug addict who became a professor

Jesse Thistle spent more than a decade on the streets and in jail. But despite this, he has managed to become an expert on the culture of his Indigenous Canadian ancestors – with the help of his mother, from whom he was separated as a young child. (

2. COVID pandemic fuelling a major increase in drug use worldwide:

Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year of unprecedented upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 22 percent from 2010. That’s among the key findings of the latest annual report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which also provides an overview of global drug markets, as well as their impact on people’s health and livelihoods. (

3. Can Exercise Be the Salvation From Substance Abuse?

Addiction traps sufferers in perpetual darkness. The road to recovery can be long and lonely and the struggle to find the light at the end of the tunnel daunting. Combine these feelings of hopelessness with the social isolation and the uncertainty of a global pandemic, and you have a perfect storm of despair. (

4. New documentary explores the recovery side of addiction

‘Voices of Hope’ includes first-person stories of Mainers who have struggled with substance abuse and are living healthy lives. (

5. Cases Of COVID-19 Induced Drug Abuse Rise In Africa

As COVID-19 continues to ravage economies, decimating livelihoods and altering lifestyles, another pandemic has been evolving with devastating effects. (

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