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.


AATOD Conference 2013 + Dr. Kreek = Inspiration

AATOD Conference 2013 + Dr. Kreek = Inspiration

by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA

I just returned home from the 2013 National Conference of AATOD (American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc.) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it was an energizing, inspiring and informative experience. I would be hard-pressed to even begin to disseminate all of the amazing information I absorbed, the wonderful people I met & the hope I now feel in a single blog entry, so I am going to focus here on one, specific and extremely life-changing experience with which I was blessed during the conference.


What Is Stigma?

by Eliza Player

In the last month, our Internet news sources have been running wild with stories of the mysterious drug Krokodil, complete with gory images of the flesh-eating damage that users experience.  Parents of drug users have been sent into a hysterical panic, wrought with worry and concern.  Former drug users have scoffed at these disgusting images as something that they were never desperate enough to do.  And everyone has been sharing these pictures and images with a nasty disgust.  I swear, I cannot get on Facebook for ten minutes without seeing another Krokodil post.  With each new story, my blood begins to boil a little more!


Behavioral Health Group (BHG) acquires Midsouth Treatment Center in Dyersburg, Tennessee

Behavioral Health Group (BHG) acquires Midsouth Treatment Center in Dyersburg, Tennessee

Behavioral Health Group (BHG) of Dallas, Texas has acquired the formerly independently-owned and operated Midsouth Treatment Center at 640 U.S. 51 in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

We noticed a change on the SAMHSA license of Midsouth Treatment Center to a local LLC of BHG a couple weeks ago, but it wasn't until yesterday that patients started contacting us letting us know the phones are now being answered as "BHG."  Several other NAMA-R TN members who are patients of this opioid treatment program in Dyersburg contacted us today after reporting for treatment to let us know that the program is now officially a BHG facility.  None of the patients we have heard from thus far were aware of or notified about this change in ownership until calling or reporting to the program this week.  It's unfortunate that patients weren't aware of, or involved in, this change in ownership and leadership.  There would be no opioid treatment programs without the patients who utilize their services.