2018 Episodes

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

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March 2018: 2018 Road to Recovery: Kickoff Show

Air Date: March 7, 2018

Experience the many successes of the 2017 National Recovery Month observance, and start preparing for the 2018 celebration in your community. The National Recovery Month theme for 2018 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” In 2018, the observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness on their recovery journey.

April 2018: Treatment 101: Finding Effective Care

Air Date: April 4, 2018

National Recovery Month communicates the critical message that mental health services, treatment for substance use disorders, and recovery support services make it possible for those with mental and substance use disorders to lead healthy, rewarding, and productive lives. This show features the different types of evidence-based treatments and resources that are available today for persons recovering from mental and substance use disorders. The panelists discuss the importance of integrated and personalized treatment, including programs targeting families, faith-based program solutions, trauma-informed care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), peer-led support and others. Experts highlight the need for evidence-based research that measures the improvements and positive outcomes achieved when implementing best practices. Panelists also address the barriers to quality care, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and the role behavioral health counselors can play in primary care settings. Finally, the show highlights recovery as an ongoing process, one that is best served by perseverance, open-mindedness and resiliency.

May 2018: Developing a Sense of Purpose in Support of Recovery

Air Date: May 2, 2018

A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that a strong sense of purpose may be the single most significant factor in determining resilience and recovery from psychiatric disorders. Other substance use disorder recovery studies suggest life meaning and purpose play a critical role in the recovery process. There is also evidence that one of the primary tasks of behavioral health practitioners should be to support experiences of meaning that give persons with mental and substance use disorders a sense of purpose that sustains recovery. This show explores the various ways people can find meaning and purpose in their lives: through higher education and collegiate recovery programs, through work or a vocation, and through volunteer efforts, or, other community roles. Panelists discuss how addiction counselors and mental health professionals can help people recovering from mental and substance use disorders draw meaning and purpose from their experiences that will help them design new models for daily living that embrace hope. Panelists also explore mentorship opportunities and ways to engage with different recovery support groups that contribute to a sense of meaning and purpose.

June 2018: Taking on the Opioid Crisis: Aligning Federal, State, and Local Responses

Air Date: June 6, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999. More than six out of ten drug overdose deaths involve an opioid and more than 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. This show features federal, state and local programs that are effectively addressing the opioid epidemic, such as SAMHSA’s State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants that aim to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment needs, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, overdose rescue (narcan) and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. Panelists include policymakers across the country who have succeeded in implementing creative strategies to tackle this widespread problem and can speak about the critical next steps our communities can take.

July 2018: Justice Intervention: Bringing Services to Scale

Air Date: July 4, 2018

The GAINS Center estimates approximately 1.1 million persons with serious mental illness are admitted annually to U.S. jails. Among these admissions, 72 percent also meet criteria for co-occurring substance use disorder. Rates of substance use disorders among prisoners are more than four times that of the general population, and 15 percent of male and 30 percent of female inmates recently admitted to jail have a serious mental illness. This show explores what services are critical to include in justice intervention, namely: treatment and recovery efforts for people in criminal and juvenile justice systems with mental and substance use disorders; family involvement; recovery support; peer counseling by people who have successfully completed drug court; problem solving court programs; and, education and training for those returning home. Panelists discuss new programs to help people before incarceration, interventions for at-risk populations, and how to improve the juvenile justice system to ensure the provision of appropriate support.

August 2018: Workforce – Training and Education

Air Date: August 1, 2018

Recent increases in insurance coverage for treatment of mental and substance use disorders are a significant development in improving the state of behavioral health in the U.S. However, additional coverage does not guarantee access or that the services provided will be effective. Sustaining a qualified, fully functioning behavioral health treatment and recovery support workforce is part of that equation. This show highlights strategies to address the current and future workforce needs in behavioral health. Panelists discuss topics such as certified peer support and coaching, the role of specialists, linguistic and cultural competency, and how to educate workforce leadership about integral partners in recovery. Also featured are strategic programs designed to meet the workforce challenges of the 21st century, including building an understanding of recovery-oriented practices. Leading educators speak about training strategies to develop practitioners skilled in trauma and trauma-related work and how to educate the behavioral health field about successful interventions. Finally, panelists examine ways to improve workforce competency and staff retention: identify the importance of proper recruitment, training, retraining and cross training to support a motivated, competent workforce in an integrated system of care.

September 2018: Strong Community, Strong Recovery

Air Date: September 5, 2018

Recovery for individuals with behavioral health conditions is significantly improved by social connection: family and community involvement, fellowship with others, mentorship, and participation in peer recovery programs. Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. For example, one study published in Psychiatric Services demonstrated that across several kinds of peer support groups in Virginia, attendance translated into improvement of symptoms, functioning, and overall mental health improvement. This study indicated the better the attendance, the more the improvement. This show explores the ways that behavioral health practitioners, families, and individuals can implement community resources to maintain recovery for persons with mental and substance use disorders, as well as different studies demonstrating how and why fellowship sustains recovery. Panelists discuss the prevention of mental and substance use disorders through community engagement and the growth of national recovery groups and their accomplishments to date. Finally, experts weigh in on how community efforts can minimize discrimination and discriminatory practices, targeting those in recovery, and how best to educate our communities about these topics.

November 2018: 2017 Road to Recovery: A Showcase of Events

Air Date: November 7, 2018

This episode features footage, photos, and interviews of participants from nationwide events as individuals, families, and entire communities celebrate National Recovery Month, including the 2018 kickoff news conference and National Recovery Month luncheon. These community events are the cornerstone of National Recovery Month and involve educating, mentoring, and engaging others in supporting recovery. In addition, the episode highlights the positive and affirming message realized by millions of Americans: Behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

 

Last Updated: 08/01/2018