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Road to Recovery Television Series
The Road to Recovery 2004 is the first in a series of 10 programs supporting the 15th annual observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The program is designed to help individuals, organizations, and communities raise awareness about the benefits of addiction treatment. The show demonstrates successful awareness-raising strategies employed by communities-large and small-throughout the Nation and provides helpful tips for replicating those successes where you live.
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Data from the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show the second most popular category of drug use after marijuana is the non-medical use of prescription drugs. An estimated 6.2 million people, 2.6 percent of the population aged 12 or older are misusing prescription drugs. Of these, an estimated 4.4 million used narcotic pain relievers, 1.8 million used anti-anxiety medications (also known as tranquilizers), 1.2 million used stimulants and 0.4 million used sedatives. The survey estimates that 1.9 million persons aged 12 or older used OxyContin non-medically at least once in their lifetimes. This program highlights groundbreaking strategies to treat addiction to prescription medications and looks at the new office-based and pharmacological approaches that are helping to make treatment more effective.
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Addiction to substance use is the number one preventable illness and cause of death in America. Sadly, more than 9 in 10 physicians fail to spot a drug or alcohol problem in adults, and more than 4 in 10 miss a problem in teenagers. This program introduces innovative approaches to educating health care professionals on appropriate screening, intervention, and referral procedures that easily can be incorporated into clinical settings. National initiatives helping to make alcohol and drug screenings available to adolescents and adults throughout the United States also are discussed.
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Researchers are only beginning to realize the pervasiveness of substance use disorders among people aged 60 and older. Until recently, alcohol and prescription drug misuse-which affects as many as 17 percent of older adults-was not discussed in either dependency/addiction or gerontological literature. The reasons for this silence are varied, but a major cause is that health care providers tend to overlook substance use disorders and misuse among older people, mistaking the symptoms for those of dementia, depression, or other problems common to older adults. In addition, older adults are more likely to hide their substance use and less likely to seek professional help. Many relatives of older individuals with substance use disorders, particularly their adult children, are ashamed of the problem and choose not to address it. The result is thousands of older adults who need treatment and do not receive it. This program highlights ways to overcome such barriers and help older adults receive the addiction treatment they need.
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When one family member becomes addicted, everyone is affected. In fact, experts refer to addiction as a family disease. Across the Nation, families are finding treatment-not only for the addicted member, but for the entire family unit. Still, making the transition from shame and denial to treatment and recovery is difficult. This program highlights the struggles of individuals and families in recovery and the successful strategies they use to begin the healing process and maintain sobriety. It also will provide insights into conducting successful interventions and provide helpful tips for children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers for dealing with addiction in the family.
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For individuals with substance use disorders, the risk of contracting an infectious disease is vastly increased. Intravenous drug users (IDUs) and persons who engage in risky sexual behavior while under the influence, are prime candidates for contracting infectious diseases. Many professionals in the public health, mental health, criminal justice, and addiction treatment health care delivery systems are not adequately prepared, either through training or experience, to fully address the complex needs of substance-using patients infected with HIV/AIDS, STDs, tuberculosis, or viral hepatitis. This program highlights progress in efforts to improve treatment for persons with coexisting substance use disorders and infectious diseases and gives critical insights into proven approaches for providing appropriate services across collaborative systems of care.
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The beneficial role that faith and social services play in the prevention and intervention of drug and alcohol misuse disorders and in programs designed to treat and promote recovery from substance use and mental disorders has long been acknowledged. This program explores the critical part played by faith- and community-based systems and provides useful tips on what works and how you and your organization can get involved.
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For decades, an ever increasing number of mutual support groups have helped individuals and families overcome addictions and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, NarAnon, Smart Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and Moderation Management are but a few of the mutual support groups that are helping to make a difference. This program explores the role of mutual support group and helps you discern whether one might be right for you or someone you care about. This program highlights what makes mutual support groups work and lets you know how to find one near you. It also gives helpful tips for health care providers, employers, the criminal justice system, and educators for incorporating mutual support groups into their operations.
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For many, the thought of speaking out and sharing a recovery experience with friends, coworkers, community leaders, civic groups and policymakers is a daunting proposition. This program focuses on how people in recovery can provide testimonials and recount their successful recovery journey and still be respectful of Twelve Step Traditions. It also addresses the myths and misconceptions that keep silent the voices that could give others hope and the courage to recover.
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In this program, we will look at the tremendous educational and awareness raising events conducted in communities large and small as our great Nation came together in the spirit of this year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery, Now." We will highlight Recovery Month community forums, walks and runs for recovery, Major League Baseball games, music-based activities, and other events that celebrate that addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.
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