- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Holidays can be particularly hard for drug addicts in their first year of recovery.

Kylee Moriarty’s family should know. When the Massachusetts native resolved to kick her heroin addiction in July, they hoped she could rejoin them by Thanksgiving or Christmas.

After some initial progress, the 27-year-old relapsed and landed in the hospital. She missed Thanksgiving and Christmas at home this year as she takes another shot at treatment.

Her family says she’s doing better, living in a halfway house and taking things slower.

Meanwhile, the Gloucester Police Department’s pioneering drug program, which first connected Moriarty with treatment, has helped get over 300 addicts into treatment since it launched in June.

It’s also being replicated, at least in part, by 40 police departments in 16 states.

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