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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Heroin-Sodden Holiday ...with Hope!

A Heroin-Sodden Holiday ...with Hope!
by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Chair | Private Clinic North Patient Advisory Committee

                The joy of the winter holiday season has started to permeate the air. Christmas trees are beginning to light up the windows of homes lining southern towns as other families anticipate lighting the Menorah on December 16th for the first night of Hanukkah.  Holiday parties fill weekend planners and seasonal music flows through shops and restaurants.  For many people it truly is the "most wonderful time of the year."  But the sad reality is that not all families will be celebrating this holiday season, as many will grieve the lives lost to the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic that is plaguing the southeastern region and the United States at large. Addiction and overdose take no holiday from destroying or taking lives, and this year there is particular reason for alarm as reports of heroin begin to dot the map in rural areas where even five years ago it had never before been seen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebrate Medication Supported Recovery Through Advocacy

Celebrate Medication Supported Recovery Through Advocacy

by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Administrator | The Peer Recovery Network of the MARS Project
Chair | Private Clinic North Patient Advisory Committee

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared September "National Recovery Month" 25 years ago this [past] month. The past quarter century has witnessed an explosion in our understanding of addiction as well as why and how different medical treatments for substance use disorders work. But it isn't neuroscience alone that has enhanced our understanding and acceptance of evidence based medical treatments for substance use disorders; The advocacy movement across the spectrum of recovery approaches has seen an increase in participation, involvement and interest over the past 25 years as well. On this 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month let us all celebrate medication supported recovery through participating in and supporting our own patient advocacy movement.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Methadone’s No Magic Bullet, But Our Recovery Must Be Based in Hope

We rarely post other blogs in their entirety here, but I think this one is relevant and important. Please take time to read this entry from The Methadone Life.

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No matter how many days, months or years go by in stable, medication assisted recovery it’s important to remember that triggers remain & that the underlying temptations and urges resulting from our struggle with opiate use never completely go away. A fight with our husband/wife or partner, a death in the family, stress with our family or kids, frustration dealing with the clinic system —- any number of things has the possibility to conjure up old desires to just “make it go away” or long for that “quick fix” that was seemingly able to solve all our problems during our days of active drug use. And it’s easy for us, for me at least, to get lost in a daze of daydreaming about how nice it would be to feel the warmth of that rush as all my problems fade away once again. How nice it would be…