• Sober High

    Recovery high schools are designed for students seeking treatment for substance use disorders, but how do these programs differ from other treatment options and are they effective? Read on to discover how these alternative treatment programs are paving new paths toward recovery.

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  • The Best States for NA and AA Members

    Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are perhaps the best-known community support groups for those seeking recovery. This project maps the best and worst states for AA and NA members based on availability of support groups.

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  • Catch a Cheater

    This project takes an adulterous leap into the world of OKCupid to expose sex addiction. Included in this report is our mark Claudio who falls victim to our trap.

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  • Before and After Recovery

    What lies down the road once a person is in recovery? This project features interviews and before and after photos of numerous recovering addicts. Recovery is indeed possible.

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  • America's Private Prison Dilemma

    This flipbook describes the current state of the private prison industry in the U.S. and how the profits of private prisons are shaping policy.

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  • Average Faces of Drug Abuse

    These images are the result of averaging 100 DUI, Meth, and Marijuana mugshots together using computer software.

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  • Twelve Step Faceoff

    This project presents an analysis of 71,939 NA and AA meetings across the United States to visualize how twelve step meetings vary across the country.

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  • Drinking Habits Survey

    This project is a unique survey of over 1,000 drinkers, and unlike any academic survey, looks at how minivan ownership ties in with one's drinking habits.

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  • Portrait of Addiction

    A comparison between demographic factors of addicts and non-addicts shows a mix of predictable and possibly surprising results.

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  • One Community’s Fight to r/StopDrinking

    Meet r/StopDrinking: an online support group on the popular social website Reddit, where users can congregate to share stories of successes and failures in their struggles to quit drinking.

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  • Substance Abuse and Addiction-Related Word Associations

    What does the history of language usage tell us about how the conversation around addiction and substance abuse has changed over time? This research explores how topics of drug addiction and alcoholism have been the subject of major fluctuations in both cultural attitudes and scientific knowledge.

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  • Socially #Sober

    In the age of social media, recovery support communities have begun to flourish online. We examined over 79,000 Instagram posts in the U.S. containing hashtags related to recovery and staying sober, and mapped their locations to see which states and cities are discussing sobriety the most.

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  • Searching for Sobriety

    How important are online support groups for recovery? We analyzed more than 350,000 comments on Reddit to see how this online forum is used to help people with sobriety.

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  • Reverse Photoshopping: Superheroes

    What would it look like if Superman had the body of an average person? With the average American gaining weight, superheroes tend to have a physique that is far from common. Take a look at what some of the most famous superheroes would look like if they had an average viewer's body.

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