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For millions of individuals, the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) campaign is a celebration of their accomplishment of achieving long-term recovery and living happy, healthy, and meaningful lives. For others, it is a promise of hope that they, too, will find the treatment and recovery services they need. As The Road to Recovery series kicks off its 10th season, this episode will highlight the many successes enjoyed last year during the Recovery Month campaign’s 20th anniversary, and look forward to another exciting Recovery Month in September 2010.
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The relationship between homelessness, mental health, and substance use disorders is complex, multi-dimensional, and reciprocal. To effectively break this cyclical relationship, it is essential to understand that treatment for substance use disorders is effective and recovery is possible. With the help of evidence-based behavioral, clinical, medication-assisted treatment regimens, and recovery support services, individuals can enjoy independent and productive lives in the community. This show will examine the relationship between homelessness and substance use disorder treatment from both a program perspective and a policy perspective. Additionally, it will explore the issues of permanent supportive housing, comprehensive treatment protocols, and recovery support systems to assist individuals in achieving life-long positive physical and emotional health outcomes in long-term recovery.
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The discussion surrounding addiction and treatment usually revolves around alcohol and illegal drugs. Often overlooked but equally important are prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications (OTCs). When used in accordance with instructions, prescription drugs and OTCs are safe and effective. However, when these are used improperly, they can be extremely dangerous and addictive. This episode will examine why it is important to use medications properly, how certain populations (e.g., teens, senior citizens) may be at special risk, what treatment and recovery options are available, and why we need to increase public understanding through education about this issue.
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Recovery is a lifelong process that continues long after one completes a treatment or recovery program. Unemployment, the loss of a loved one, and a downturn in the economy are just a few of the stressors that have the potential to trigger a relapse. This episode will examine how to prevent relapse from occurring and what to do if relapse happens and addresses the misconception that relapse equals failure. Also, the show will emphasize the importance of establishing and maintaining a solid support system (including aftercare services) to ensure that individuals in long-term recovery continue to lead healthy and fulfilling lives in the community.
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Scientific research has concluded that the human brain is developing until about the age of 25. For young people who experience the disease of addiction before the age of 25, it is critical they receive help early before there are serious, lifelong consequences to their development. This episode will examine environmental and/or biological factors that can lead to addiction, how drugs and alcohol can affect a youth’s development, and the role of modern technology (e.g., social networking, texting) options available to adolescents and young people receiving treatment and recovery services. Some of those services are in-person; others are using new technologies and social networking. This episode will highlight available supports such as recovery high schools and colleges and other educational supports for young people in recovery; and discuss other support networks available such to youth such as family, faith and community to help them live healthy and productive lives in long-term recovery.
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Popular media influences public attitudes and opinions concerning addiction, treatment and recovery issues. Addiction is depicted throughout the entertainment industry, in both news and magazine articles about celebrities’ drug and/or alcohol use and their time in rehab facilities and addiction; and in treatment, and recovery storylines in movies and television shows. This episode will examine how addiction, treatment and recovery have been portrayed historically and where we are today. This show will look at the importance of the media in portraying factual information and depiction of addiction, treatment and recovery issues and the negative effects of publishing/airing stories and shows which glamorize use, promote inaccurate and discriminatory public attitudes, and discourage individuals to seek help.
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Addiction is not limited to any one race, religion, creed, or lifestyle. Fortunately, neither are treatment and recovery services. Achieving long-term recovery is often dependent on finding personalized treatment and recovery services that meet the specific individual’s cultural, religious, or lifestyle needs. This episode will look at how substance use is acceptable in some cultures and how this may create a barrier for individuals seeking treatment and recovery services, consider the importance of providing services that incorporate the specific needs of the individual, and examine how some treatment and recovery models may prove more effective for one group than another.
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