Road to Recovery Television Series
This episode focuses on new technologies that support treatment and recovery services, such as social media, interactive text messaging platforms, and smartphone applications. These technologies enable new models of behavioral health care both within and outside formal and traditional systems of care.
The episode looks at the benefits of using these technologies, including their ability to build virtual recovery communities, make peer support easier, and allow a person in recovery to participate anonymously. It also focuses on some of the more effective treatment and recovery technology programs and systems.
In addition, the episode examines the applications of these technologies in prevention and assessment.
Recovery housing is increasingly recognized as critical to recovery for many individuals. This episode examines the growing support for recovery housing in many states and communities and highlights the many forms these programs can take. Sober housing and recovery housing can be tailored to specific demographic groups such as adult men, adult women, young adults, and college students.
The episode looks at the activities and programs offered in these housing settings including mediation, one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, medication management, spiritual engagement, and others.
Additionally, the episode explores strategies for overcoming challenges to providing recovery housing as the need for this service is likely to rise in the future.
Children in homes with substance use are at great risk of developing substance use disorders and lifelong mental health issues. Targeting these families is a priority treatment and recovery concern as well as an effective prevention strategy. It’s critical to work directly with the family environments where these disorders begin to prevent mental and/or substance use disorders.
This episode focuses on the relationship between substance use and trauma, acknowledging the long-term effects on children and families.
Children of parents with substance use disorders (including parents with these disorders who are incarcerated) are also commonly involved with child welfare and foster care systems, creating other long-term challenges. The episode presents strategies to identify and work with troubled families to break the cycle of substance use.
Victims of natural or man-made disasters need support to recover from the trauma of the event. Trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. It can also put victims at higher risk for substance abuse.
This episode looks at why disaster victims need support both immediately after the event and over the long term.
Governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and others in disaster response need to plan to effectively address the behavioral health needs of these victims.
People in both the juvenile and adult justice systems commonly struggle with mental and/or substance use disorders. This episode explains why it’s important to directly address mental and/or substance use disorders in these individuals through treatment and recovery support. It features strategies to provide this support, such as drug courts and diversion programs.
The episode identifies the issues of different demographic groups at greater risk of involvement with the justice system, many of whom have mental and/or substance use disorders. It also examines the issues of specific age groups, including juveniles (12 to 17 years of age), young adults (18 to 24 years of age), and older individuals (50 to 65 years of age).
In addition, the episode discusses the movement to reform federal and state justice system policies, notably sentencing laws for drug offenses. These policy changes have significant implications for the behavioral health care system.
This episode looks at the importance of understanding a specific community’s culture when providing recovery services.
Overcoming language barriers and appreciating the health-related beliefs and practices of different communities is becoming increasingly important with our nation’s rapidly changing demographics. “Community” is broadly defined in this episode to include racial and ethnic groups as well as other clearly defined groups such as faith communities and military families.
The episode focuses on Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans to illustrate the need for cultural and linguistic competency when working with racial and ethnic groups.
It offers principles and best practices for effectively reaching targeted communities, including:
- Understanding the community’s language, values, and norms
- Enlisting help from respected members of the community
- Building peer support among community members
This episode highlights the 2013 Recovery Month campaign’s many accomplishments and looks forward to a successful 2014 Recovery Month.