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Members of the editorial team take seriously their responsibility to provide content that is balanced, accurate, thorough and supported by scientifically based facts. They conduct detailed research and provide appropriate context that allows readers to easily understand information on important health topics. Medical experts at Advanced Recovery Systems review and approve’s content to ensure accuracy and reliability. does not intentionally mislead readers through written content or graphic elements. It does not fabricate quotes or sources and attempt to pass them off as factual.

The editorial team respects the privacy of people in recovery who share their experiences with them and with readers. Pseudonyms are sometimes used at their request to safely and discreetly tell their stories of success.

While is committed to keeping all content accurate and up-to-date, errors and omissions may occur. will openly acknowledge when factual or typographical mistakes are made and work promptly to make corrections. Readers are encouraged to report errors or concerns. This process is an important learning experience that builds trust and understanding between and its audience.

Avoiding the Stigma of Addiction and Mental Illness

The stigma surrounding addiction and co-occurring disorders prevents people from seeking professional help. recognizes this problem and understands that the words people use to discuss addiction and recovery matter.

While misunderstandings from the past continue to have negative effects on people in recovery today, the stigma does not have to persist.’s editorial team strives to avoid the derogatory terminology and stereotyping that foster isolation, shame and discouragement. The editorial team believes that conscious efforts to change negative attitudes toward addiction will lead to increased progress in prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. also respects the rights of people in recovery to talk about their experiences using the language with which they are most comfortable. For example, some people featured on may self-identify with labels that others find negative or offensive. Although writers do not use stigmatizing terms, such language may appear in quotes from recovery stories and other content.

Content is committed to providing objective and authoritative content that is relevant to people facing the challenges of addiction. The editorial team produces timely stories on topics such as treatment advances, drug trends, law and policy changes, and initiatives focused on awareness and support.

In addition to news stories, content writers produce profiles, feature stories and informational articles on a wide range of topics related to addiction, treatment and the recovery process. The website also offers content tailored to people in specific locations across the country. These pages provide information on rehab and support group locations, nearby sober living facilities, college counseling services, vocational training and other helpful resources. aims to provide content that addresses the unique needs and concerns of a diverse audience, including teens, senior citizens, veterans, LGBTQ+ people, students, working professionals and people from religious and secular backgrounds.


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Writers regularly interview doctors, therapists and other leaders in addiction treatment and prevention to include a wide range of informed voices and viewpoints on These experts, along with real people who have been affected by addiction, clarify facts, give context to statistics and share different perspectives.

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Words that have been inserted into direct quotations are surrounded by brackets, and words that have been removed are replaced with ellipses. maintains high standards of accuracy and ethics when making changes to quoted material.

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The content writers produce original content for and reputable blogs that align with’s mission and editorial standards. publishes news stories and educational webpages relevant to those affected by substance use and mental health disorders. The content writers regularly interview experts in the field of addiction and conduct thorough research using government and nonprofit websites, medical journals and other official sources. Editors and marketers with generate ideas based on current topics and trends that impact the health and recovery of those coping with substance use disorders.

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