Road to Recovery Radio Series

Find the latest episodes of the Road to Recovery radio series.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

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, the education of family members, and techniques that help them stay on the path to recovery.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

This show will highlight recent trends in 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. 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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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.

Friday, May 06, 2016

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 pursue 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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The April episode explores how mental or substance use disorders often affect several generations of the same family. Parental mental or substance use disorders can affect emotional, social, and behavioral well-being in children, but early intervention can interrupt these intergenerational patterns.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

This episode highlights the 2015 Recovery Month campaign’s many accomplishments and looks forward to a successful 2016 Recovery Month. In 2016 we will celebrate the diversity of the American family and hear inspiring stories of recovery.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

This episode will feature footage, photos, and interviews of participants from nationwide events as individuals, families, and entire communities celebrate Recovery Month.

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!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This episode looks at the use of new technologies that help people track their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Innovations in health information technology and telemedicine have expanded the delivery of treatment and recovery services. New online tools for treatment and recovery such as “virtual” communities, telemedicine portals, and “virtual” counselors offer individuals tailored services.

The episode reviews SAMHSA’s new mobile applications and interactive tools. These include an anti-bullying app, the suicide prevention phone line, and innovative mobile resources to help prevent underage drinking.

This episode also examines new self-directed tools for wellness, including fitness tracking devices, apps that encourage exercise and reduced calorie intake, and programs that allow patients to self-monitor their own mental health. Additionally, the episode discusses tools to help individuals access recovery and support networks through their mobile phones.

Patients should be encouraged to talk to their provider about how the tools benefit their health and wellness. The episode’s panel discusses how patients and health care professionals alike can learn about health information technologies designed to prevent substance use, promote early intervention, and provide methods for healthy lifestyle behaviors and overall wellness—all essential components of a successful recovery journey.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

People experiencing homelessness can have great difficulty overcoming or managing mental and/or substance use disorders. Of the approximately 610,000 people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013, 1 in 5 had a serious mental illness. Slightly more than 1 in 5 had a chronic substance use disorder.

This episode examines the causes of homelessness for people with mental and/or substance use disorders. Panelists discuss various evidence-based models that address homelessness. They also highlight current programs that are successful at reducing these conditions and that are providing health, screenings, and wellness resources.

The discussion includes an overview of housing options, from emergency shelters to transitional housing. In addition, this episode gives perspectives from families affected by loved ones with a mental and/or substance use disorder who experienced homelessness and their path to stable, supportive housing.


Last Updated: 02/27/2015