Saturday, August 9, 2014
National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery
Joycelyn Woods, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone/Fax: 1.212.595.NAMA (1-212-595-6262)
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?
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?