I am mother of a 25-year-old in recovery and the founder of The Family Recovery Conference. I created this conference because it’s an event and a resource I wish I’d had when I was starting my family’s recovery journey. In the beginning, I was scared, confused, and sad. I felt extremely alone when my oldest child was deep into his addiction to prescription drugs. I understood …
Last month, England’s Ministry of Justice announced a new pilot program that will divert people with substance use disorder into treatment, not prison. The program aims to reduce reoffending by replacing “ineffective” short prison sentences with programmes that “will tackle the root causes of criminality.” England’s National Health Service (NHS), Public Health England, and Department of Health are testing the program in five areas before …
Addiction is part of my story. It wasn’t all my addiction, though. I have woken up every morning wanting to use for the last three years. Every morning, I have to make a conscious effort not to. What I have learned from my blue collar, hard working family is there is no shame in this. We all have issues. It’s a family disease. I was born to …
Most industries lobby for less government involvement. In treatment, however, CEOs are pushing for more government oversight to protect people from bad actors who use unethical practices. In a July hearing, multiple CEOs called for a “federal intervention” on questionable marketing practices. According to Pacific Standard, “Members of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee organized the hearing as a part of …
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Tough love. Hard boundaries. Ultimatums. Many families use “tough love” to “help” loved ones with substance use disorder. However, research shows that empathy, not isolation, punishment, or tough limits is a more effective approach. According to NPR, studies show that a compassionate approach and voluntary treatment work better than tough love. Kindness and empathy engage people in active addiction and …
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I stumbled into harm reduction by accident. In 2010, I was a struggling writer, trying to figure out how to translate a passion for words into paying the bills. I came across an unusual job posting on Craigslist. The job had some unusual duties: among other things, whoever they hired would have to take a life-sized rubber vagina behind Home Depot department stores to educate migrant day laborers about safe sex.
There is no prescription for recovery. In a recent op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, Dan Johnson, who oversees a suboxone program, comments that “Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) works, not just because of the medication but because of the essential counseling that should always be attached.” He says that we should be treating MAT as a bridge to extended recovery support, rather than an end in itself.
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Fourteen years ago, I developed addiction to pain pills. I had a C-section with my son and after three days in the hospital I was sent home with not only a beautiful baby boy but also a prescription for Percocet. I loved the way it made me feel. I could do anything. I thought I was the best mother ever. I also thought I could keep my newfound love for opioids under control. Sadly, I …
This month’s Partners Facing Addiction post features a clinical group in New York, a treatment center in Texas, and a recovery organization in North Carolina. If you’d like your organization to be considered for an upcoming Partners Facing Addiction post, answer a few short questions here. START Treatment & Recovery Centers START Treatment and Recovery Centers is a privately owned group of clinics in New York. Its …
Facebook just took an important step to protect vulnerable people and their families from predatory advertisers. Now, Facebook will no longer show ads for bail bonds or questionable substance use treatment centers. According to Wersm, “Based on feedback from user and experts, Facebook is updating its Ads Policies on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Audience Network, to try to curb predatory behaviour and …
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