Greg Marotta

National Recovery Month is over, but the Work Continues

By Greg Marotta | Sep 29, 2017

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those in recovery. It’s the impetus for a lot of good in the addiction treatment community. At CleanSlate Centers, our employees did some great things to support […]

Veterans Day Mission: Save Our Heroes on the Opioid Battlefield at Home

By Greg Marotta | Nov 09, 2017

It’s 9/11 every 2.5 weeks. This is how to conceptualize the jaw-dropping toll of opioid deaths in the U.S., according to Gov. Chris Christie, who chaired the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (which CleanSlate Board Member Patrick J. Kennedy helped prepare). The irony is that many of these victims are […]

Here's the Real Killer in our Opioid Catastrophe

By Greg Marotta | Nov 16, 2017

Pop quiz: True or False? Addiction is a moral problem. People with substance abuse disorders choose to continue using drugs. Addiction is not a health condition and those addicted are to blame for their problems. Answers:  False, false, false. But each statement reflects common, widely-held attitudes and prejudices. We all feel helpless reading the headlines […]

People Thought Zika was Florida’s Worst Nightmare. But it was Something Else.

By Greg Marotta | Dec 01, 2017

Last year, the scary Florida headlines that made international news were all about the dreaded Zika virus. When Zika was discovered in Miami’s hip Wynwood neighborhood, the world panicked and the local economy began taking a dive. Hotel bookings, airfares, local merchants – much of South Florida’s business artery took a hit as visitors began […]

While Wisconsin Faces the Opioid Epidemic, it’s also Battling a Different Addiction

By Greg Marotta | Dec 08, 2017

A few nights ago, I was proud to attend the ribbon cutting event for CleanSlate?s new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center in Milwaukee. Given that Milwaukee, like every corner of America, is besieged by the opioid epidemic, perhaps it wasn’t surprising that three news stations covered the event. Cities are starving for signs of progress, and […]