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Road to Recovery Radio Series
This show will underscore the need to understand the culture of specific communities as critical to success in providing recovery services. Overcoming language barriers and appreciating the health-related beliefs and practices held by various diverse communities is becoming increasingly important with the rapidly changing demographics in our nation. A “community” is defined here broadly, encompassing racial and ethnic groups as well as other clearly defined groups such as faith communities and military families. To illustrate the need for cultural and linguistic competency when working with racial and ethnic groups, the show will focus on Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans. Principles and best practices for effectively reaching targeted communities will be identified to include understanding the language, values, and norms of the community; enlisting the help of respected members of the community; and facilitating peer support among community members.
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Our society increasingly is recognizing that victims of a disaster need support to recover from the trauma associated with the disaster event. Disasters include natural disasters such as severe storms, floods, and wild land fires as well as manmade events such as mass shootings or other acts of violence. Trauma from disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems, and can put victims at higher risk of substance abuse. Providing support to disaster victims needs to occur both immediately after the event and over a longer time frame as recovery takes place. Governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and others involved in disaster response need to plan and prepare if they are to effectively address the behavioral health needs of disaster victims. Specific techniques for helping these victims will be reviewed along with guidelines for the application of these techniques during the response and recovery phases of a disaster event.
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It is well known that children in homes where addiction is present are at great risk of having substance use disorders and lifelong mental health problems. Targeting these families is not only a priority treatment and recovery concern but an effective prevention strategy as well. To prevent mental and substance use disorders, it is critical to work directly with the family environments in which these disorders originate. This show will delve into the relationship of addiction and trauma, acknowledging the long-term impacts on children and families. Children of parents with alcohol or drug addictions (including parents with these disorders who are incarcerated) commonly become involved with child welfare and foster care systems, creating additional long-term challenges. Strategies for identifying and working with troubled families to break the cycle of addiction will be presented.
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Recovery housing environments are increasingly being recognized as a critical component to recovery success for many individuals. This show will examine the growing support for recovery housing in many states and communities, highlighting the many forms that these housing programs can take. Among the housing programs available are sober housing and recovery housing tailored to specific demographic groups such as adult men, adult women, young adults, and college students. The activities and programs offered in these housing settings will be discussed: one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, management of medications, mediation, spiritual engagement, and others. For a variety of reasons, the need for recovery housing is likely to rise in coming years. At the same time, challenges and barriers remain to providing recovery housing. Strategies for overcoming these challenges and barriers to meet the need for recovery housing will be explored.
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This show will identify and promote the use of new technologies that facilitate and expand treatment and recovery services. These new technologies include social media (social network and messaging systems—Facebook and Twitter), interactive text messaging platforms, and smart phone applications. These technologies are enabling new models of behavioral health care both within and outside of formal or traditional systems of care. The benefits of using these technologies will be highlighted, such as their ability to build virtual recovery communities, facilitate peer support, and enable a person in recovery to participate anonymously. Specific technology programs and systems proving to be effective in facilitating treatment and recovery will be described. Applications of these technologies in the realms of prevention and assessment will also be presented.
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