Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Today marks the beginning of National Recovery Month!!!
NAMA Recovery of Tennessee, the Tennessee statewide & Northwestern Georgia Chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted (NAMA) Recovery, will be visiting several opioid treatment programs (OTPs) across the State of Tennessee, Northwestern Georgia & Western North Carolina throughout the month of September!!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
When Facing An Epidemic, Advocacy Is Key
Part 2 of 2
NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
The Tennessee statewide and Northwestern Georgia Chapter of
"Just that you people who are involved in advocacy, keep up the work. I have seen changes come about because of people becoming involved. It is these who are the real heroes in all this. Without advocacy, changes will not come about within the present system."
-Dr. Vincent Dole
As the southeastern region and our nation at large continue to wrestle with the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, it is critical that all of us, patients, providers, family, and friends alike, unite as advocates for evidence-based, proven effective medical treatments for opioid addiction. The science and research is clear. Methadone maintenance treatment stands alone as the most evidence based and scientifically proven treatment in all of medicine, yet this life-saving and life-restoring treatment remains one of the most misunderstood, stigmatized, and controversial medical treatments. Knowing the facts and being able to relay the proven truths about medication assisted treatment is an extremely important way we can advocate, but facts and data alone are not enough. The 180-degree turn that opponents and skeptics of methadone and buprenorphine treatment need won’t be due to data alone. We all must be advocates and proclaimers of the truth through our very lives.