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Topic: Pathways to Recovery

Posts about programs or groups that are successfully employing diverse pathways of recovery.

Despite critics, is AA effective?

October 19th, 2022|

In March 2020, Stanford Medicine News Center released a report addressing that question. A Stanford researcher and two collaborators conducted an extensive review of AA studies. The findings were that the AA fellowship helps more people achieve sobriety than therapy does.

SAMHSA Announces New Recovery Office Leadership and Personnel

October 14th, 2022|

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

October 12th, 2022|

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.

International Recovery Day is September 30th!

September 29th, 2022|

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.

Success with another road to sobriety: SMART

September 20th, 2022|

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?

September 14th, 2022|

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

September 6th, 2022|

Abstract

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.
CLICK HERE to view the full study.

Alcohol policy, treatment & research: new directions

August 23rd, 2022|

This event included a book symposium ‘Evaluating the brain disease model of addiction’, with speakers including:

Prof Derek Heim & Dr Rebecca Monk, Recovery is Possible:  Overcoming ‘Addiction’ and its Rescue Hypotheses

Dr Frank Ryan, Psychotherapeutic strategies to enhance motivation and cognitive control

Dr Tim Leighton, Brains or persons? Is it coherent to ascribe psychological powers to brains?

Dr James Morris, Before ‘rock bottom’ Does a disease model hinder public health goals for alcohol?

Dr Ed Day, discussant for the ‘evaluating the brain disease model of addiction’ symposium

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