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From the Archives, #35157

A lot has been discussed about the effects of the Covid pandemic on our society, but one story I haven't heard talked about much is the effect it has had on our local 12-step recovery community.

A major part of the 12-step recovery process is the attendance at meetings with others in recovery. There, issues and problems relating to alcoholism and addiction are discussed and members help one another to stave off the often-fatal obsession with substance abuse.

Using the steps and support of other members, they become useful, self-respecting members of the community - in short, the people they want to be.

In the past several decades, the Brattleboro area has developed a very vibrant recovery community, with many meetings, and many kinds of meetings, every day and at multiple times, most of which were pretty well attended.

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This does not seem believable here

This country is in crisis, and Vermont is not immune when swastikas and a Nazi flag appear in broad daylight. We need to understand what is going on — and work together.

It is 10:30 p.m. in Vermont, and I am typing on my laptop by the light of an emergency lamp I bought many years ago, when I was compelled to buy survival equipment. I spent enormous sums on a tent that could withstand freezing temperatures as well as heat,

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Just one time

Advice to young people from a drug addict behind bars

What can parents do to prevent kids from doing drugs? I don't think there could have been much more my folks could have done. Growing up, I was a very active kid. I played sports passionately. I was even more passionate about skateboarding and snowboarding. I had two loving...

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