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Google's new addiction recovery website is more useful than a Google search



Google is launching a new website calling it "Recover Together" that collates resources for addiction recovery in the United States. Naloxone without a prescription – it's a drug that can be used to counteract opioid overdoses. Google's most valuable real estate: its home page.

The company says it's partnering with the Recovery Resource Hub to fill out its maps. Vetted sources are especially important in rehab, where scams can run rampant. Google itself ran afoul of those problems in 2017, when we reported on how rampant scams were in Google's own search results. Google cracked down banning many ads, though it allowed to get back on the Google homepage beginning in April 201

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The new page Google is launching today will not feature ads, instead of offering basic information on recovery, treatment, and prevention – with links to trusted resources.


 A search for rehab resources in San Francisco on Google's new site

A search for rehab resources in San Francisco on Google's new site

a button or two on its homepage. That's changed in recent years, but a homepage promotion is still rare enough to be notable. Google says it will appear underneath the search box. It says it's launching in honor of the 30th annual National Recovery Month.

Even if the site is partially (or even mostly) meant as a PR move to make up for how badly it gets gamed by scammers in 2017, it Still seems like a good starting point for people looking for help with addiction. It is certainly more useful than a Google search for "rehab," which as of this writing puts three or four ads at the top before the actual search results.


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