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SAMHSA Announces New Recovery Office Leadership and Personnel

By |2022-10-19T14:56:17-04:00October 14th, 2022|News, Pathways to Recovery|

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is launching an Office of Recovery, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to advance the agency’s commitment to, and support of, recovery for all Americans. September marks National Recovery Month, and in organizing this new office, SAMHSA will now have a dedicated team with a deep understanding of recovery to promote policies, programs and services to those in or seeking recovery.

Training people to become certified recovery peer advocates

By |2022-09-27T14:58:10-04:00October 12th, 2022|Communities, Pathways to Recovery, Policy Makers, Real Stories|

LaShondra Jones went through years of mental illness and alcohol addiction, and in her late 40s she was living in a women’s shelter in Brooklyn. Finally stable and sober, she needed work — any type of work — for which her history wouldn’t count against her. Jones Googled “free training in NYC” and learned that several area community colleges offered training for people to become certified recovery peer advocates for those coping with alcohol or drug addiction. Her experience, in this case, would be a big plus.

Study finds marijuana with high THC levels linked to addiction, psychiatric illness

By |2023-02-16T21:52:08-05:00October 7th, 2022|Communities, Policy Makers, Research, Studies and Reports, Service Providers|

As the strength or potency of cannabis products has increased internationally over the years, so have rates of people being treated for cannabis addiction, say the authors of a new study. Researchers from the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath (UK) systematically analysed the relationship between the types of cannabis people use and their addiction and mental health problems. Their work draws on 20 studies involving almost 120,000 people.

Should people with addiction disorders be forced by governments into treatment?

By |2023-02-16T21:00:06-05:00October 5th, 2022|Communities, Legislation, Regulation & Litigation, Policy Makers, Service Providers|

Governor Gavin Newsom of California has proposed a court program that would force unhoused people with severe mental illnesses and addiction disorders into treatment. The moves comes in response to a worsening humanitarian crisis concerning people living on the streets, but has raised concerns from disability rights and civil liberties advocates. According to the proposed plan, those who do not follow through with the treatment could be forced into conservatorships.

International Recovery Day is September 30th!

By |2022-09-27T15:01:10-04:00September 29th, 2022|CSDAP Original Content, Pathways to Recovery|

CSDAP supports Recovery Month and International Recovery Day, September 30th. These are annual observances dedicated to globally promoting all pathways to recovery from addiction and to educate the public about the value of recovery. We commend groups like Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) that put a lot of effort into promoting and celebrating these events.

Indivior must face states’ monopoly claim over opioid addiction drug Suboxone

By |2022-10-02T17:01:17-04:00September 23rd, 2022|Legislation, Regulation & Litigation, Service Providers, Suboxone (Buprenorphine)|

(Reuters) - Drugmaker Indivior Inc must face a lawsuit by 42 state attorneys general accusing it of using illegal tactics to shield its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone from generic competition, a federal judge has ruled. States have said that the company's conduct forced consumers to pay inflated prices for the treatment amid an epidemic of opioid addiction. U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg in Philadelphia found Monday that a reasonable jury could find that Indivior's switch from a pill to an oral film form of the drug in 2009 was intended to extend its monopoly just as generic manufacturers were poised to begin selling their own pills, a strategy known as product hopping.

Success with another road to sobriety: SMART

By |2022-08-29T15:53:29-04:00September 20th, 2022|Pathways to Recovery, Real Stories, Service Providers|

Dee MacLean first tried SMART Recovery when she was in the provincial addiction treatment centre in Mount Herbert in 2018. After three years of struggling with prescription opiate addiction, MacLean was ready to go to rehab. One of the programs she took part in was Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART), an alternative to traditional groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Is In-Person Substance Abuse Treatment Is Better Than Online?

By |2022-08-22T13:40:52-04:00September 14th, 2022|Pathways to Recovery, Research, Studies and Reports, Service Providers|

As the world become more connected through the Internet, online support groups are revolutionizing the addiction treatment space. Especially in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, online support groups have become a vital part of telehealth and addiction treatment. For those in recovery, online support groups may be one of the few ways to maintain connection during the pandemic. The reason for the recent popularity of these groups is clear. There is a plethora of online support groups that offer people in recovery the opportunity to reach out and connect with others who are similarly seeking stability in their lives without drugs and alcohol. But are these online support groups effective at helping people become or stay sober? Will they eclipse traditional in-person treatment? Or will online support group eventually be relegated to a supporting role in addiction treatment and recovery?

Black adults’ experiences with drug treatment charted in new study

By |2022-08-22T13:36:14-04:00September 6th, 2022|Communities, Pathways to Recovery, Policy Makers, Research, Studies and Reports, Service Providers|


With opioid overdose rates doubling in the state of Kentucky over the last year, the opioid crisis is having a deadly impact on the state. Among Black individuals in particular, overdose rates have increased by nearly a third. As such, we must examine ways to effectively intervene to reduce deaths among this underrepresented population.
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National research study finds marijuana and hallucinogen use at all-time high among young adults

By |2022-08-29T15:45:52-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Research, Studies and Reports|

Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years old increased significantly in 2021 compared to five and 10 years ago, reaching historic highs in this age group since 1988, according to the Monitoring the Future panel study. The MTF study is conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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