Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Stigma of an Evidence Based Recovery from Opioid Dependence

The Stigma of An Evidence Based Recovery from Opioid Dependence
By Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Director | NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
Chair | Private Clinic North Patient Advisory Committee

  Patients and providers of medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence with methadone or buprenorphine have been saturated with the word "recovery" in recent years. Even our NAMA Recovery-sponsored and SAMHSA-funded MAT peer support project's name is the Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS™) Project. So what does the word "recovery" mean, and is it a good thing or a bad thing that the MAT community has become so centered around this word?

Monday, March 24, 2014

NAMA Recovery of Tennessee to visit Evansville, Indiana OTP this week

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pregnant in Outreach

            It seems that I hardly have any free time these days.  That is what happens when you have kids, try to maintain a career, and still somehow manage to dedicate time to your own passions in this life.  As we become more and more consumed with families, and work, and socialization, we find that it is harder and harder to give our time away.  But, to some of us- there is nothing we do that is more valuable.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Do You Perpetuate the Stigma?

by Eliza Player

This stigma of addiction keeps the drug user in the ancient realm of his moral failing, which is also exasperated by unchanging and archaic treatment models. Our treatment model is dominated by the 12-step model, which is a spiritual solution, relying on the connection with a Higher Power to find a treatment for addiction.  To claim that addiction is a spiritual problem that requires a spiritual solution, simply keeps addiction in the realm of moral failing.  Unfortunately, you hear this phrase often within 12-step groups.  If you had cancer, would you skirt all medical treatments, and simply rely on the power of prayer and your pastor’s blessing to cure you?  Of course not! But, yet our addiction treatment model is dominated by a spiritual solution, and too often evidence-based treatments are regarded as lesser options.  We all acknowledge today that addiction is a disease, but the old image of drug use being a moral problem remains embedded within society’s belief, keeping many from seeking a medical solution to this disease.  If you have diabetes, a doctor would not tell you to rely on your Higher Power to keep you alive, but he would look to evidence-based, scientifically proven, medical solutions.  Stigma is the only reason that addiction is not regarded the same as other diseases.