The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute are excited to announce a live webinar series entitled:
“The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services”
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Each webcast will take place from 2 – 3pm ET. Register Here FREE
This educational initiative highlights the importance of addressing the harm caused by biases and skewed perceptions in treatment and public health settings towards patients who need care for SUDs.
This four-part webcast series educates healthcare professionals about the problems of discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and related conditions, as well as the actions and pathways needed to resolve them. Webcasts will feature discussions among experts in the field of addiction treatment, research, and policy.
SAVE THE DATES:
MARCH 28, 2018: “Overcoming stigma, ending discrimination”
- In what ways are discriminatory perceptions harmful to individuals suffering from substance use disorder?
- How do we shift away from the use of negative concepts as an organizing paradigm to address socially discrediting health problems?
APRIL 26, 2018: “Why addiction is a “disease” and why it’s important”
- What is the definition of disease and why is it particularly important for addiction to be emphasized as a disease?
MAY 22, 2018: “Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings”
- What is the nature and extent of discrimination towards individuals with substance use disorder?
- What is the origin and perpetuating factors to this discrimination, and how do we tackle the challenge of reducing discriminatory practices in healthcare settings?
JUNE 19, 2018: “A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices”
- What would the treatment and public health landscape look like if we were to completely eradicate discriminatory practices?
- What steps would need to be taken to ensure this happens?
This training webcast is produced under contract number HHSP233201700228A for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, opinions, and content of the training webcast are those of the preparers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of SAMHSA or HHS and do not constitute endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.
“You want to be beautiful and you want to have amazing grades and Adderall just sews it all up for you”
- Take Your Pills launches on Netflix on 16 March
The result is a riveting story with beautifully crafted shots of desperate scenes. But being immersed in the intimacy of these scenes, without narration or historical context, leaves little room to acknowledge the system that has made the opioid crisis a predominantly American problem – the US consumes more than 80% of global opioid pills even though it has less than 5% of the world’s population.
“By bringing together amazing athletes and entertainers to share about personal connections to recovery in a festive environment, we aim to mainstream the otherwise radical concept of alcohol-free events. At the same time, we want to serve as an attraction to those who may be seeking the recovery lifestyle, but may think it only exists on the periphery of popular culture. Most importantly, we invite recovering friends to safely participate in the festivities on a day traditionally reserved for alcohol consumption.”
Read more about the event: SoberBowl 2018: An option for fans who don’t need beer with their football
Healthy daily routine – a cornerstone of health
Studies show that people with the best self-control are people who have built in structure and healthy habits into their daily routines. Instead of wearing down their willpower and creating decision fatigue, they rely on their daily routine to direct many of their actions and save their decision-making energy for the important things. They prefer to avoid crises, rather than manage it. They give themselves reasonable deadlines. They schedule important meetings in the morning and don’t allow them to be scheduled back to back. They try to make important decisions in the morning and won’t make them when they are tired or on an empty stomach (decision making is an energy, like many, that requires glucose to function well). It seems we have the ability to adhere to a daily routine without taxing our decision-making muscles.
Ayurveda teaches us that dinacharya—a healthy daily routine—is a cornerstone of health. Ayurveda suggests that it is ideal to wake, eat and retire at the same time each day; have a diet, self oil massage, and exercise—that are all appropriate to our constitutions, that we meditate at the same time every day. Ideal dinacharya also includes prescribed ethical behavior that runs along the same lines as the yamas and niyamas. It corals our daily activities and behavior onto a track that we have previously decided upon. Read full article from Dr. Claudia Welch here
Facebook has continually prioritized features designed to make the platform addictive and has allowed users to instantaneously purchase harmful ads without scrutiny. The company has also struggled to stop the spread of offensive live videos on the platform, some featuring graphic abuse and violence. Read article here
Prescriptions issued for OxyContin in the US increased tenfold over six years (1996 to 2002), from 670,000 a year to more than six million. A bulletin from the American Public Health Association in 2009, reviewing the rise of prescription opioids, is titled “The promotion and marketing of OxyContin: commercial triumph, public health tragedy”. The document also asserted that Purdue had played down the risks of addiction. In a landmark case, the company was fined more than $600m in 2007 for misleading the public, but it was making billions – at the time the only company making this kind of money from high-strength opioids.
Fast forward to today and America is losing almost 1,000 people a week to drug overdoses. Two-thirds of those are opioid fatalities – with the pill problem still pervasive, but with a rising number of heroin and fentanyl deaths.
In 2015, a quarter of drug overdose deaths involved heroin, compared with 8% in 2010.
The US is the epicentre and the origin of the crisis, consuming more than 80% of global opioid pills even though it has less than 5% of the world’s population and no monopoly on pain.
142 fatal overdoses a day
Overdoses killed more people in the US in 2015 than car crashes and gun deaths combined. The daily death toll is 142 fatal overdoses, 91 of them from opioids, adding up to almost 52,000 drug overdose deaths in 2015.