sometimes you need news like this delivered with humor or it would be too much to bear!
I just saw that Foundations Recovery Network have Glennon Doyle Melton as the Keynote speaker for the Innovations in Behavioral Health Care conference in Nashville, June 19-20, 2017. Definitely a great speaker and a great conference.
From a talk given by Swami Satchidananda during a workshop on “Addiction and Spirituality” at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. He uncovers the root cause of addiction and how to address it most effectively.
You use the term “deaths of despair”. I’m wondering how you would define “despair” in this context?
We think of drug, alcohol and suicide deaths. In a sense, they are all suicide – either carried out quickly (for example, with a gun) or slowly, with drugs and alcohol…
We are working with a model of “cumulative disadvantage” to help us make sense of the rise in despair…
Addiction and mental health programs are essential. Working to stop the over-prescription of opioids is essential. Policies that make available educational opportunities for people who don’t want a college degree – that allow people to develop the skills that will be rewarded in the 21st-century economy – would make a big difference.”
Joe Schrank, founder of the The Fix, a website dedicated to addiction recovery, has opened High Sobriety – a first-of-its-kind rehab center that uses cannabis as a central part of its treatment plan. Seen as a highly contentious move in the rehab world, High Sobriety has been met with skepticism and criticism for its use of marijuana in a field where success is traditionally measured by total abstinence. At High Society, marijuana is used as part of both a regimen to help people get through withdrawal symptoms and as a reward at the end of the day.
The goal is to get patients through the crucial first 30 days of detox and set them up with a means of maintaining that way of life. A few scientific studies seem to support his position. A recent University of Michigan study found patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64% reduction in their use of opioids. In states where medical cannabis has been legalized, opioid overdose deaths have decreased by 25%, according to research out of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
In hospitals, hotel rooms and homes across the US, deaths from opioid overdose have quadrupled since 1999. Many of them are people who receive prescription painkillers from their doctors, then end up in a spiral of opioid addiction. The “treatment gap” plaguing the addiction crisis – only 10% of people in need of treatment get it – is a result of a range of factors, from an inability to access affordable care to a lack of substance disorder screenings.
Costs at High Society start at $42,500 for an initial month of treatment. Read article here…
More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. To complicate matters, there was also a troubling correlation between adverse childhood experiences and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and poor diet. Combined, the results of the study painted a staggering portrait of the price our children are paying for growing up in unsafe environments, all the while adding fuel to the fire of some of society’s greatest challenges.
However, this very same study contains the seed of hope: all of the above-mentioned risk factors—behavioral as well as physiological—can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult. It doesn’t need to be the mother or the father. It doesn’t even need to be a close or distant relative.
More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a teacher.
It is here, at the crossroads of at-risk teens and trauma-informed care, that Paper Tigers takes root. Set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?
In search of clear and honest answers, Paper Tigers hinges on a remarkable collaboration between subject and filmmaker. Armed with their own cameras and their own voices, the teens of Paper Tigers offer raw but valuable insight into the hearts and minds of teens pushing back against the specter of a hard childhood.
Against the harsh reality of truancy, poor grades, emotional pain, and physical violence, answers begin to emerge. The answers do not come easily. Nor can one simply deduce a one-size-fits-all solution to a trauma-informed education. But there is no denying something both subtle and powerful at work between teacher and student alike: the quiet persistence of love.