Price: FREE (shipping charges may apply) Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, is a web-based, multimedia tool that is person-centered and focuses on informed treatment choices by persons seeking recovery from an opioid use disorder including the use of medication. The handbook is a companion to the multimedia tool that mirrors the web-based content. Both resources are designed to help people with an opioid use disorder make informed decisions concerning their care. It assists with learning about MAT, comparing treatment options to decide what may be best for personal recovery and provides a framework for discussing treatment preferences with a provider. Tweet PubRead More →

By: Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” has been chanted for years from one kid to another when harsh words are spoken. But, in reality, words can hurt more than sticks and stones. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is producing a webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, to help change the way we talk about and portray substance use in news and entertainment. With support from the Entertainment IndustriesRead More →

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Why women-only sober houses?Women face unique problems that are specific to their own demographic when it comes to addiction treatment and the navigation of life in recovery. Addiction affects women differently than men, so it’s logical that treatment options need to adapt to meet these specific needs. Sober houses for women can be sympathetic to the struggles that women face after initial treatment. But are sober homes meeting the needs of women in early recovery? What are those needs, exactly?We explore here. Then, we invite your questions or comments about women’s issues in addiction recovery in the comments section at the end.Gender based aftercare: ImportantRead More →

Firstly, it is important to reframe what is meant by relapse prevention because there isn’t a way to completely, infallibly prevent relapse from occurring. It’s a natural part of the recovery process. So, throw that idea out of the window. Success doesn’t mean never relapsing. Success is about making yourself a drug and alcohol free life. Instead, focus on ways to lessen the likelihood of a relapse. By shifting the focus, you leave room for acceptance of a relapse. By doing so, you increase your chances of dealing with the relapse in a productive way, rather that spiraling into a larger relapse because you feelRead More →

Alcoholics Anonymous is the original 12-step program. Because of their long history and success rates, 12-step groups have become a very popular form of treatment. This model works because of the social support offered by peer discussion, which assists in promoting and sustaining drug and alcohol free lifestyles. It’s not uncommon for treatment programs to use 12-step groups during and after the formal process. Because they offer a layer of community support, they do a great job in conjunction with traditional therapy and other treatment norms. In fact, data reports 9 percent of adults in the US have been to an AA meeting at someRead More →

5 ways to help RIGHT NOWIt is normal that you want to help your friend or loved one with their addiction problem. How do you get started? Here are some ideas on what you can do for a tramadol addict:Educate yourself about tramadol addiction and recovery.Avoid any judgement or conflict with your loved one.Set boundaries to which you all agree on.Help your friend or loved one in the creation of a sober environment.Have faith that your loved one will change and succeed in becoming sober again.What else can you do to help? Join us here, as we cover the basics of tramadol addiction treatment andRead More →

We need to talk—about depression. The World Health Organization (WHO), has chosen depression as the focus of this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017, The theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk.” For years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has encouraged open discussion about mental health through efforts like community conversations. SAMHSA applauds WHO’s efforts to take this discussion global. Depression is more common than ever—not only in the United States, but around the world. In Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates, WHO reports that an increasing number of people in low-to-middle income nations experience depression and anxiety. However,Read More →