2016 Road to Recovery Episodes

Learn more about the upcoming episodes that will highlight important issues related to recovery.

Broadcasters may receive Road to Recovery radio and television files by sending an email to recoverymonth@samhsa.hhs.gov or calling 240-276-2750.

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November 2016: 2016 Road to Recovery: A Showcase of Events

Air Date: November 16, 2016

This episode will feature footage, photos, and interviews of participants from nationwide events as individuals, families, and entire communities celebrate Recovery Month, including the 2016 kick off news conference and National Recovery Month luncheon. These community events are the cornerstone of Recovery Month and involve educating, mentoring, and engaging others in supporting recovery. In addition, the episode will highlight the positive and affirming message realized by millions of Americans: Behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

September 2016: Building Family Resiliency: Supporting Recovery

Air Date: September 7, 2016

Families, in their many and diverse forms, are central to our lives and well-being. This show will explore family and relationship factors that are protective and promote recovery from mental or substance use disorders. The discussion will focus on how families who have experienced behavioral health problems achieve and continue to strengthen the four dimensions of recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. Panelists will discuss how families remain hopeful as they face the daily challenges of preventing relapse, what they do if relapse occurs (ways that they seek help), the education of family members, and techniques that help them stay on the path to recovery. The special considerations for members of the military who are in recovery will be discussed—including how various branches prepare family members to support the recovery of loved ones with mental or substance use disorders (e.g., Family Readiness Officers in the U.S. Marines ). The show will cover how certain religious or cultural beliefs, including values or practices connected with a strong purpose in life, enhance the resiliency of people in recovery from mental or substance use disorders. Panelists will discuss protective cultural and linguistic factors among members of the Latino/Hispanic, African-American, and Native American communities. Discussion will examine holistic approaches to recovery—including diet, exercise, and expressive techniques (art, music) — as well as SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative. The show will highlight SAMHSA resources for promoting resilience to behavioral health problems, including those focused on cultural competence. Families are critical in supporting their members in recovery from mental or substance use disorders and helping them build on strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values to live self-directed lives and cope with challenges. The show will cover engagement of family members in the recovery process, protective factors for families in recovery, and SAMHSA recovery support resources.

Note: This topic supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and #4: Recovery Support.

August 2016: Preventing and Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse: Our Nation’s Challenge

Air Date: August 3, 2016

When used as directed, prescription opioids are safe and effective and provide much needed relief to those in pain. However, prescription opioid nonmedical use or misuse (i.e., not following a prescription or using pain relievers prescribed to someone else)—which can progress to opioid use disorder—remains a significant problem in the United States. In 2014, 4.3 million people aged 12 or older were nonmedical users of pain relievers during the past month. Approximately 1.9 million people aged 12 or older experienced prescription pain reliever use disorder during the past year in 2013. The United States also witnessed a near quadrupling of overdoses from prescription opioids from 1999 to 2011. A significant public health concern is the transition from prescription opioid misuse to heroin use.

This show will highlight recent trends in the following: prescription opioid misuse and heroin use; opioid use disorders; and emergency department visits, overdose, and treatment episodes related to prescription opioids and heroin. The discussion will highlight the White House initiative on High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, which applies a broad range of efforts to reduce the distribution and use of heroin. This episode will also cover the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (released on March 15, 2016). Panelists will focus on prevention efforts and resources—particularly greater use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdose; the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit; and the training/certification of law enforcement and other community-based professionals in the use of naloxone, which has been shown to reduce deaths. The panel discussion will cover prevention efforts and resources to counter the increased risk of HIV and hepatitis related to injection drug use, and will also address treatment options, including MAT, and SAMHSA resources that can help people with opioid use disorder find their own path to recovery.

Note: This topic supports Strategic Initiatives #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and #4: Recovery Support, and the discussion guide will incorporate data from the Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings when SAMHSA releases it. If SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy medication-assisted treatment decision tool has been released by the recording date for this episode, the show will highlight this resource.

July 2016: Family Recovery: Prevention and Treatment Approaches for Diverse LGBT Families

Air Date: July 6, 2016

America’s families are as diverse as America itself. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage and the extension of federal marriage benefits to these couples in all states has highlighted family issues for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. LGBT individuals and families are culturally diverse, with 4.6 percent of African Americans, 4.0 percent of Hispanics/Latinos, 4.3 percent of Asians, and 3.2 percent of Whites identifying as LGBT in a 2012 Gallup poll. This show will focus on the experiences of LGBT individuals in general with some consideration to ethnic and racial communities, and the impact of acceptance or conflict about sexual orientation and gender identity on behavioral health. Panelists will discuss behavioral health disparities within the LGBT community, and will examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act in the provision of behavioral health services for this community. Panelists will also discuss the treatment and recovery needs of LGBT individuals. The show will highlight SAMHSA’s efforts and culturally competent resources that support members of the LGBT community as they work to improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.

Note: This topic supports Strategic Initiatives #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and #4: Recovery Support.

June 2016: Preventing and Addressing Suicide: Everyone Plays a Role

Air Date: June 1, 2016

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 42,000 suicides in 2014. It is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24 and third leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 14. In 2014, 9.4 million adults aged 18 or older thought seriously about trying to kill themselves in the past 12 months, including 2.7 million who made suicide plans and 1.1 million who made a nonfatal suicide attempt, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Suicide has a devastating impact on family and friends—who experience complex grief reactions, including guilt, anger, abandonment, denial, and helplessness—as well as society. This show will highlight suicide among particular groups, and will also cover SAMHSA’s suicide prevention efforts/resources (including SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [telephone hotline] and Suicide Safe [a prevention app for health care providers]). This show will examine the treatment and support needed by individuals who have attempted suicide and their family members, as well as people in bereavement from suicide, as they find their own unique paths to recovery. The discussion will highlight the role that peers can play in supporting people experiencing mental or substance use disorders and the family members of those who have attempted suicide, as well as include family-to-family support for those bereaved by suicide.

Note: This topic supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness and #4: Recovery Support. The discussion guide will incorporate information from A Journey Towards Health and Hope, released by CMHS on September 10, 2015.

May 2016: Criminal Justice System Involvement: The Role of Mental or Substance Use Disorders

Air Date: May 4, 2016

Many individuals who come in contact with the criminal or juvenile justice system have a mental or substance use disorder. According to data from SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), the criminal justice system is the major source of referrals to substance use treatment, so that people on probation or parole make up a significant number of treatment admissions. A similar picture emerges for juvenile justice, according to SAMHSA’s adolescent substance abuse treatment grant programs. This show will focus on the involvement of adults and young people with mental or substance use disorders in the criminal justice system and the unique treatment and support services needed to help them achieve the ingredients for lifelong recovery—health, home, purpose, and community. The episode will highlight efforts and resources for people with behavioral health conditions who are involved in the criminal justice system (including the SAMHSA GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, the use of mental health courts, and peer services during incarceration and at re-entry). Emerging issues in behavioral health and the criminal justice system, such as trauma and the need for trauma-informed care, will be covered. Discussion will focus on re-entry into the community, and panelists will examine efforts and resources to provide treatment and recovery support to individuals who are released from incarceration (e.g., help with accessing benefits, including health care through the Affordable Care Act; linkage to treatment providers and peer-support groups; job placement, training, and education; and stable housing).

Note: This topic supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives #3: Trauma and Justice and #4: Recovery Support.

April 2016: Generational Issues Affecting Recovery: From Childhood to Grandparenthood

Air Date: April 6, 2016

Mental or substance use disorders often affect several generations of the same family. The impact of parental mental or substance use disorders on children is significant—affecting emotional, social, and behavioral patterns and well-being early in their lives. These problems can impact the overall health and well-being of children in the home. Traumatic experiences during childhood can increase the risk for a range of behavioral and physical problems in adulthood, including substance misuse and mental health issues. However, early intervention with these families can interrupt these intergenerational patterns. This show will touch on how generational issues affect the prevalence of substance use disorders across the generational family spectrum. It will also touch on behavioral health problems among older adults, including the special considerations for mental or substance use disorders among this population (e.g., marijuana misuse, mixing medications with alcohol and illicit substances, lower levels of treatment seeking, and co-occurring medical conditions). The panelists will review approaches to treatment and recovery for older people—including the development of effective support networks—as well as efforts and resources for these individuals and their families.

Note: This topic supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative #4: Recovery Support. The discussion guide will incorporate data from Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings when SAMHSA releases it. The discussion guide will highlight relevant SAMHSA efforts (e.g., the Family Network grants and Transition Age Youth programs). The discussion guide will also highlight that SAMHSA and the Administration on Aging (in partnership with the Nation Council on Aging and others) developed a series of Issue Briefs to address behavioral health problems that are important to older Americans and to identify actions that can improve the lives of older people.

March 2016: Kickoff Show

Air Date: March 2, 2016

Experience the many successes of the 2015 Recovery Month campaign, and see what’s in store for the 2016 campaign. The theme of the 2016 campaign is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” This year, we will celebrate the diversity of the American family and hear inspiring stories of recovery.

Last Updated: 06/15/2017