Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thoughts from the CEO's Desk
Greetings Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Professionals,
Spring is here, a time of new growth and fresh beginnings. 
Today our industry is facing strong challenges. Together, we can work diligently to raise the bar of professional standards and ethics. We can participate in the verbal conversations and chats or we can choose to focus on where we do have control, within ourselves, our teams and our organizations.
We cannot pretend that we are not angry, and our hearts don't ache knowing that vulnerable individuals and families are falling victim to scams and improper enticement situations. We cannot stand by as predators work within our industry to poison the powerful gift that is a legitimate, client-centered, clinically-driven treatment plan. 
Individuals and organizations developing personal standards and fine-tuning company standards, are leading the way by successfully developing ourselves and staff with a clear focus of a mission. We urge you to vocalize these standards, offer your team support, create clear guidelines, and present an open-door policy for those needing further training and mentoring.
We can all agree that social media has become a positive marketing tool and a negative quality of care issue. We are witness to "professionals" asking for professional advice and recommendations on an app created for socialization. How can we make a qualified and informed referral with only 2-3 sentences about a person, or is it just a marketing plug? Where does the liability come in? How does one maintain a professional reputation asking for professional guidance on a social app?
Thorough needs assessments must be made for each client.
Though not illegal, it is professionally unethical to recommend placement outside your scope of practice. As an industry we are here to help, not hurt, these individuals and families.
And, it is not ethical to exchange money for client referrals. Period.
A professional that spends the time to personally visit each program that they refer to is not only ethically responsible, but a trusted, valuable colleague and leader. 
Interventionists, Case Managers, Educational Consultants, and other clinical placement specialists can take the guesswork out of creating a treatment plan. Most are professional advocates working with the client and family throughout the treatment experience. Let us work together!
All of us offer something unique in this field. 
Let us all focus on what we do best and share it with our colleagues across the country. 
Let us learn from each other and support our shared mission. 
Let us create new relationships with our fellows.
Let us not forget why we are all here. 
We are passionate about saving lives and showing light to those who are lost.
In service and thankfulness,
CEO, Hired Power

"Study highlights how opioid receptors organize to block pain"
Science Spotlight, March 28, 2018 NIH.NIDA
A NIDA-funded study explored how opioids such as morphine act within pain circuits in the brain and spinal cord, while attaching to receptors on the surface of nerve cells (neurons). The two most abundant receptors are the delta and mu opioid receptor types (DOR and MOR, respectively). The study in mice determined that in most regions examined in different types of pain, neurons have the DOR or MOR on their surface, suggesting that the two receptors independently control distinct forms of pain. This novel information clarifies where and how opioids act in our body to block pain, and may facilitate the development of more efficient and safer pain management medications.
In the mouse spinal cord – labeling of neurons expressing the delta opioid receptor in green and neuronal subtypes in red. White marks (arrowheads) indicate cells that express the opioid receptor. Courtesy of Dong Wang, Scherrer laboratory.
Courtesy of Dong Wang, Scherrer laboratory.
Hired Power began over 14 years ago with a primary focus on client's struggling with addiction/alcoholism transitioning home after primary treatment. As Hired Power has grown and evolved so has the scope of our practice! We now work with clients at various points in their treatment continuum, compulsive behavior, mental health challenges and/or substance abuse/addiction. Our vetted and trained staff and case managers offer the most professional, supported and collaborative service available. Call us today to learn more about the Hired Power difference!
Spreading Knowledge...
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FITS Conference
April 8-10, 2018
Annual Southeast Training
April 17-18, 2018
Nashville, TN
Celebrating Friends and Milestones
April 24-27, 2018
Austin, TX
Hired Power is Proud to be a Co-sponsor
May 18, 2018
Draper, UT
Annual Conference
May 7 - 9, 2018
London, UK
Annual Conference
May 20 - 22, 2018
Denver, CO
Since it's inception 6 years ago, Hired Power has been a co-host of the Admissions & Marketing Symposium. We are proud to continue our dedication to providing this top notch training opportunity for admissions, marketing and executive professionals. See you there in October!
May 10-12: London, England
July 27-29: Los Angeles. CA
November 8-10: Nashville, TN
The International Recovery Institute (IRI) is a joint venture between Nanette Zumwalt and Dr. Judith Landau in an effort to raise the bar on professionalism with critical training and certification for supportive recovery services. IRI began in 2015 and currently offer 3-4 national trainings annually. 2018 will mark the first international training event.
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