Celebrate Medication Supported Recovery Through Advocacy
by Zac Talbott, BA, CMA
Director | NAMA Recovery of Tennessee
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.