Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Opioid Addiction: A Brain Disease. So Why Don't You Believe It?

Opioid Addiction: A Brain Disease.  So Why Don't You Believe It?

by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Director | NAMA Recovery of Tennessee

Since opioid addiction was first documented in the United States following the U.S. Civil War of the 1860's and dubbed "the Army Disease," through the synthesis of heroin a couple decades later and its marketing by the Bayer Company as a "wonder drug" into the early 1900s, its rise among minorities and the poor in the mid-20th century, to its resurgence in the middle class today due largely to the rise of the "pill mill" and Purdue Pharmaceutical's effective marketing of OxyContin during a time the American Medical Association was decrying the "under treatment" of chronic pain,  dependence on opioids has long been referred to as a "disease." But an unfortunate reality remains that many, including the 12 step fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous, call it a disease yet don't truly embrace the disease theory due to their rejection of its medical treatment.  So why is it that many today, even within the field of substance use and medication assisted treatment, don't fully believe or embrace the disease concept?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watauga Recovery Center submits application to provide methadone treatment and open an opioid treatment program in Johnson City, Tennessee

Monday, June 16, 2014

Attention methadone patients who live in Johnson City, Tennessee and/or the Tri Cities!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Notice of SAMHSA Listening Session Confidentiality Regulations 42 CFR part 2

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

Press Release

Contact Persons
Joycelyn Woods, Executive Director,
Roxanne Baker, President,
Phone/Fax: 212.595.NAMA  (212-595-62620)

For Release
June 2, 2014

Notice of SAMHSA Listening Session
Confidentiality Regulations 42 CFR  part 2

SAMHSA the federal agency in charge of methadone treatment is scheduling a Listening Session.  They want to hear from professionals and especially patients about Confidentiality and your treatment.