Saturday, August 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Nominations Open for the Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
Press Release

Contacts Person
Joycelyn Woods, Executive Director,
Phone/Fax: 1.212.595.NAMA  (1-212-595-6262)

For Release
August 8, 2014

Nominations Open for the
Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award

Richard Lane was a long-term heroin user who, upon release from prison in 1967, was  instrumental in establishing one of the Nation’s first methadone treatment programs. In  1974, he became the Executive Director of Man Alive and later served as Vice President  of the American Methadone Treatment Association (now AATOD) and as Vice  Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maryland.  Mr. Lane  was a passionate advocate for methadone treatment and, by disclosing his own treatment  experiences, provided inspiration to patients and colleagues alike.   

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!