This episode highlights the 2013 Recovery Month campaign’s many accomplishments and looks forward to a successful 2014 Recovery Month.
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This episode looks at the importance of understanding a specific community’s culture when providing recovery services.
Overcoming language barriers and appreciating the health-related beliefs and practices of different communities is becoming increasingly important with our nation’s rapidly changing demographics. “Community” is broadly defined in this episode to include racial and ethnic groups as well as other clearly defined groups such as faith communities and military families.
The episode focuses on Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans to illustrate the need for cultural and linguistic competency when working with racial and ethnic groups.
It offers principles and best practices for effectively reaching targeted communities, including:
- Understanding the community’s language, values, and norms
- Enlisting help from respected members of the community
- Building peer support among community members
Victims of natural or man-made disasters need support to recover from the trauma of the event. Trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues. It can also put victims at higher risk for substance abuse.
This episode looks at why disaster victims need support both immediately after the event and over the long term.
Governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and others in disaster response need to plan to effectively address the behavioral health needs of these victims.
July 2014 Radio Episode: Growing Up With Addiction and/or Mental Health Disorders - Prevention by Targeting Troubled Families
Children in homes with substance use are at great risk of developing substance use disorders and lifelong mental health issues. Targeting these families is a priority treatment and recovery concern as well as an effective prevention strategy. It’s critical to work directly with the family environments where these disorders begin to prevent mental and/or substance use disorders.
This episode focuses on the relationship between substance use and trauma, acknowledging the long-term effects on children and families.
Children of parents with substance use disorders (including parents with these disorders who are incarcerated) are also commonly involved with child welfare and foster care systems, creating other long-term challenges. The episode presents strategies to identify and work with troubled families to break the cycle of substance use.
Recovery housing is increasingly recognized as critical to recovery for many individuals. This episode examines the growing support for recovery housing in many states and communities and highlights the many forms these programs can take. Sober housing and recovery housing can be tailored to specific demographic groups such as adult men, adult women, young adults, and college students.
The episode looks at the activities and programs offered in these housing settings including mediation, one-on-one counseling, group sessions, peer recovery support, medication management, spiritual engagement, and others.
Additionally, the episode explores strategies for overcoming challenges to providing recovery housing as the need for this service is likely to rise in the future.
This episode highlights the 2014 Recovery Month campaign’s many accomplishments and looks forward to a successful 2015 Recovery Month.
April 2015 Radio Episode: Substance Use Among Youth and Young Adults: Pathways to Health and Lifelong Success
Studies show that youth who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to have preventable problems such as:
- Higher absence and poor or failing grades in school
- Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities
- Physical and sexual assault
However, schools can be a secure place for students to start their recovery and to sustain it. Panelists in this episode explain that for some students, their recovery path goal is graduation while others see recovery as a lifestyle choice that supports their future career.
This episode examines successful student wellness programs and support systems, such as on-campus sober housing and weekly group meetings. These need to be in place to help students increase awareness, promote prevention, and sustain recovery, which can contribute to success in academic life and beyond.
Engaging families in recovery can improve communication, reduce stress, and increase success. Family members are often critical providers of support, love, and care throughout the recovery journey. But they need their own resources and networks. They need to share experiences and get help navigating the emotionally stressful recovery process of their loved ones.
This is especially true for military families. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common and devastating condition that leads veterans and family members alike to use drugs and alcohol to cope. Because of duty assignments, members of the military are often separated from their families for long periods of time. As a result, the family often goes through life challenges and stress.
This show examines the benefits of peer support and networks aimed at families as well as the individual member in recovery. The panel will review models and approaches to family recovery and, specifically, effective support networks and resources. These include resource centers on military bases for families of service members and veterans coping with separation and comorbid conditions, including PTSD.
June 2015 Radio Episode: Screening and Assessments for Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders: The Role of Primary Care
In 2013, almost 8% of Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance use disorder but didn’t get it. This episode will examine ways to reduce the number of untreated individuals through accurate and efficient screening and assessment in primary care settings. These procedures could also be a crucial point in identifying co-occurring disorders.
One such procedure is Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). This is an evidence-based practice that can be used to identify mental and/or substance use disorders and direct patients to both appropriate care levels and specialty facilities. For example, SBIRT can help primary care practitioners develop questions to find out if a prescription is truly necessary for a patient. Making SBIRT a standard practice in primary care settings could help reduce the burden on other social service and criminal justice settings by identifying a potential mental health illness in an at-risk patient.
In addition, screening for infectious diseases should be a protocol in the primary care setting. IV drug users have high rates of HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and antibiotic-resistant infections.
The episode’s panel will review SBIRT’s elements. They will look at it how it has and can continue to be incorporated into primary health care settings to screen for mental and/or substance use disorders and help reduce overprescribing of medications. In addition, a preview of the collaboration between SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on guidelines will give health care professionals who prescribe opioids a framework for safer prescribing.
Trauma’s effects often place a heavy burden on individuals, families, and communities. Trauma can result from a single incident, such as a car crash, or from chronic, emotional, and physical trauma such as bullying or sexual abuse.
Past trauma can lead to mental and emotional states that hurt a person’s recovery. This is supported by the findings of the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The study found a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease as well as mental and/or substance use disorders.
For example, an individual can develop a substance use disorder to manage the distress of trauma’s effects and traumatic stress symptoms. In turn, an individual’s substance use disorders can be a risk factor for the onset of trauma, such as physical or sexual assault and accidents, as a result of risky behavior.
This episode explores the three “Es” of trauma: Event(s), Experience of Event(s), and Effect. It also emphasizes the fulfilling path to resiliency that helps people tap into their strengths.
SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint offers service providers and the public evidence-based approaches to treat these conditions as trauma-informed approaches become a more central focus in behavioral health care systems.