A small pivot in The Long Haul
Addiction and its root causes deserve more coverage. The Long Haul will narrow its scope in an attempt to bridge that gap.
After a month-long hiatus to focus on my mental health and recovery, I’ve decided to slightly redirect the focus of The Long Haul.
Since launching this news blog 10 months ago, I’ve written about addiction as well as broader political and social issues. While some of these topics have served as the foundation of my journalism career, I believe it’s in my best interest to narrow this publication’s scope to what’s closest to my heart.
The Long Haul, therefore, will now solely focus on addiction and its root causes.
My decision to change course comes as I hone in on my own recovery and development. I feel it will benefit not just myself, but also readers in Baltimore and beyond.
News coverage of addiction is too often limited to the context of crime, ignoring the plight of those struggling with substance use disorders and the societal failures that lead to widespread addiction.
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As a result, publications have further dehumanized addicts, often perpetuating the notion that individuals in the throes of addiction are nothing more than mere miscreants who embody the worst that society has to offer.
In lieu of any hope that this will change any time soon, I plan to dedicate all of my time to the coverage of addiction and the conditions that contribute to its prevalence.
The subject may seem cut and dried to those who have not experienced addiction firsthand. However, it’s a significantly broader issue than what many believe.
Violence, poverty and a wide range of traumas comprise the milieu in which addicts are often raised and continue to experience into adulthood. The issues are often generational and systemic.
To adequately cover addiction, then, all of these matters must be covered as well.
In the coming weeks, I will be working to build connections with local officials, agencies and nonprofit organizations that play a role in combating addiction and formulating responses to the crisis.
My writing will continue to focus on Baltimore, although I will also cover addiction through a national lens.
Articles and blog posts will continue to be published at least once per week.
I’d like to thank those who have subscribed to The Long Haul over the last 10 months; the transition from professional journalism to publishing something of this nature, all while trying to prioritize my own recovery, has not been easy.
Those with story ideas or tips may contact me via email, which will be posted alongside my social media links at the end of each article.
Thank you for your continuous support,