Previous listing from the "What's New" pages of the
Web of Addictions
What's New - May 27, 1995
New Information From Handsnet
"NEIGHBORHOODS ONLINE" is a new Internet source of community building resources as they relate to neighborhood problems and programs: community development, economic development, education, safety, etc. Developed by Institute for the Study of Civic Values, firstname.lastname@example.org, in Philadelphia, it also includes national information useful to anyone concerned about neighborhoods. Those with Web Access, go to http://www.libertynet.org, access the "community center," then "Neighborhoods Online."
"STUDY ON IMPLEMENTING 0.08 BAC LIMIT" found significant decreases in alcohol-related fatal car crashes following implementation 0.08 blood alcohol content laws in five states. For a copy of the report contact Nat'l Highway Traffic Safety Admin, 202/366-1470.
For some very interesting information on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Check out Dr. Peter Bower's pages at
http://galen.med.virginia.edu/~pjb3s/ComplementaryHomePage.html Peter and the Dogwood Institute are doing some remarkable things!
A Living Cyber committee has been formed to bring together volunteers from all modem-accesible AA venues, boards and commercial online services and to link up all internet resources. A principal activity of the group at this time is the organizing of a hospitality suite for the July international conference in San Diego. Reports are that this will be in the Newport Beach Room at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. Sober net-heads will want to check this out. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
Karl Hakkarainen writes to inform us that the newsletter of the Addiction and Recovery Ministry of the United Church of Christ is accessible at http://www.iii.net/users/hakka/ucc/arm/spring95.htm. Karl can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have added new links to:
These last two links are courtesy of our friend Robert Hale in Tennessee - Thanks Bob!
What's New - May 17, 1995
While the terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City may well represent the worst in human behavior, the response to the bombing represents the best. People from all walks of life pitched in and volunteered. People lined up across the country to donate blood, school children collected money, food and toys to send to the victims and fire, police, medical and social service personnel from miles around Oklahoma City dropped what they were doing and volunteered to help. National Public Radio reported that there was literally one physician per injured person after the disaster. I am proud to be part of a system that so willingly gives of itself when someone is in need.
People also showed how the internet can be used in times of disaster.
We know that mental health and alcohol and other drug problems typically develop in the months following a disaster. Now that the immediate crisis is over, grief and depression will develop. Post-traumatic stress disorder and the accompanying alcohol abuse are likely to develop in the next several months. Oklahoma City area service providers are ready to assist those in need.
- Internet Oklahoma, an Oklahoma-based internet service provider, mounted an extensive effort to provide news and information to the world via the World Wide Web. This site provided news, victim lists, copies of messages from President Clinton and Rev. Billy Graham, photos, and links to other sites. There were live video feeds during the rescue efforts.
- The net community also developed a " Sympathy Card from the World".
- TheOklahoma Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Oklahoma, provided late breaking news, information on the relief efforts, photos and information on how to help.
- TheAmerican Psychological Association put up a web page on psychology's response to the disaster. This page also provided information on helping children cope with disasters, information on finding a referral and a fact sheet on trauma-related stress .
- SWAN, Social Workers Advocating Network technologies, set up a page to coordinate social work's response to the disaster.
On May 15, 1995 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the matter of the CITY OF EDMONDS v. OXFORD HOUSE, INC., et al. In this case the court prohibited the city of Edmonds, Washington from attempting to close an Oxford House for recovering addicts located in a single family neighborhood. The case may have important consequences because the federal government has required states to establish Oxford houses.
We have added new links to:
What's New - April 25, 1995
- The April 1995 issue of Practical
Psychology Magazine has an article titled "What to Tell Children About Terrorist
Bombings". Are these people psychic? Talk about timely. This is a must read for all who deal
What's New - April 3, 1995
- April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The annual observance is sponsored by the
National Councils of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The theme for this year is "Draw the
Line". The goal is to draw attention to underage drinking and the role adults play in preventing
kids drinking. For more information call 212/206-6770. You might tell them to get wired. They
need an email address.
- Over 7 percent on the adult population in the United States has an alcohol problem
according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Three percent have alcohol
abuse problems while 4.4 percent are addicted. These findings were a part of the most ambitious
epidemiological survey of alcoholism ever undertaken. Go to theNational Clearing House for Alcohol and Drug Information or the
alcohol press clipping
collected by Join Together for more information.
- We've added a Web of Addictions Rolodex to the
WOA. This page contains a list of useful names, addresses, phone numbers and email or web
page addresses. Unfortunately, the whole world isn't wired - yet. We wanted to make snail mail
and Ma Bell numbers available for these otherwise worthwhile organizations.
- The April 1995 issue of Practical
Psychology Magazine has an interesting self-test "Should You Be Concerned About
Your Drinking?", by Reid K. Hester, Ph.D.
Practical Psychology Magazine recently moved to the Well to accomadate growth in
readership. It's good to see growth for this kind of material on the web.
What's New - March 28, 1995