Entries by Elaine Osowski

Co-occurring Disorders

A message from Liberation Programs’ Chief Operating Officer, Cary Ostrow At community forums, a popular topic of conversation is how to help individuals with “co-occurring disorders.” Broadly defined, a co-occurring disorder is when someone has a psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, and also a substance misuse disorder. The National Institute of Health estimates that more […]

September is Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, when the country purposefully sets time aside to celebrate stories of recovery from the disease of addiction.  It also gives us time to review the proven methods developed over many decades that have helped millions of Americans improve their lives. Liberation Programs will be hosting a number of events ourselves […]

Sara’s Recovery Story

All of us have a story. Not all of us live long enough to tell it. Sara came to Liberation Programs in need of our help and because we were there for her, she can tell hers. She took her first drink at only 13 years old. What followed were many years of heavy drinking, […]

Six Surprising Addiction Facts That You May Not Have Known

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects millions of Americans each year. Yet, many people are not well-informed on the biological, behavioral, and social aspects of addiction. Since the information about the nature of substance dependence is so expansive, we decided to narrow our focus down to a few facts to better educate others about addiction. […]

The Fred Sheftell / Edward Pollak Inaugural Lecture

On November 9th, 2017 Liberation Programs launched its new series of lectures to foster a candid discussion among leaders from Fairfield County on the effectiveness of community mobilization and action that is needed on local drug policy. The Fred Sheftell / Edward Pollak lecture series was named after two men who were instrumental in making Liberation Programs […]

Joy’s Story

  The search to fill that void in my gut began when I was thirteen years old.  Religion, shoplifting, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and the streets were all attempts to find my place in the world that would end that deep loneliness and void I felt.  I got pregnant when I was 17 years old and […]