We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
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I Addressed My Own Drinking and It Was the Key to My Son’s Recovery
On a June night three years ago, my son was stopped by police, driving down our street with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and too many other kids in my car. He was not under the influence that first night. Brought to the police station, a court date was set and a lawyer contacted. Lots of yelling and crying and doors slamming around the house characterized the days that followed.
Another stop by police would follow about 10 months later, and this time, while under the influence of marijuana, he was processed as an adult. Many thousands of dollars were spent. Many professionals were consulted. We tried many types of formal treatment, such as day programs and an inpatient stay. There was no emotional or financial pain great enough to go through until the lows of using marijuana for him outweighed his highs.
But this story is not going to be about his journey. It’s about the corresponding, overarching story of a 50-year-old woman, drinking too much alcohol since her own high school days, now trying to manage her oldest child’s addiction. The night the police brought my son home, I had been drinking wine. How many glasses? Three? Four? I don’t recall. I would “top off” my drinks and lose count. While not drunk, I had been drinking. I am sure, had I been required to go down to the station to retrieve him, it would have been noticeable on my breath. I am glad I did not have to drive that night.
How many other parents out there have a son or daughter struggling with substances while denying their own? How strange is it to tell oneself that your addiction (to something more socially acceptable like alcohol) is OK, manageable, acceptable, familiar, and common — while his is criminal, deviant, embarrassing?
The 2018 Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Galleria Houstonfrom October 5-9, 2018. Posters will be on display during Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th with presentations taking place on October 6th.
NAADAC is proud to celebrate and honor the individuals and organizations that have achieved excellence in the substance use disorders field over the past year. Awards are given in up to seven categories and will be presented during the 2018 NAADAC Annual Conference in Houston, TX.Please submit your nominations by May 31st.
Join presenter Linda Shaffer, MA, EDS, LCAS, for this free NAADAC webinar that will prepare clinicians and administrators for implementing or improving their buprenorphine medication-assisted outpatient program. Clinicians will explore potential client profiles and learn how to identify appropriate buprenorphine patients. Due to the high rate of co-occurring mental health disorders with opiate use disorder, considerations for that population will be reviewed. Finally, participants will become aware of the value of effective collaboration between therapists and prescribers to create an effective person-centered plan.
Earn 1.5 CEs (free for NAADAC members - join now!).
Train individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance;
Establish linkages with school and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services;
Train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and
Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. It is expected that this program will prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders.
Join NAADAC for briefings on legislation, national budget, advocacy issues, and training for visits to the Hill on November 12, and for meetings on Capitol Hill on November 13. Registration will open soon.
The training will focus on understanding, referring, and treating individuals who have co-occurring disorders. Presenter Tom Durhman, PhD, LADC, will dispel myths related to mental illness treatment and cover the consequential barriers to effective care of co-occurring disorders.
Attendees will be able to earn 7.25 Continuing Education hours (CEs) for this training.
SAMHSA also updated its 2011 guidance, “Applying the Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations,” to clarify that wherever the Part 2 regulations refer to a patient’s “spouse,” the regulations must be interpreted to include a same-sex spouse, even if the couple now lives in a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
The NAADAC Career Center provides a variety of employment listings at no charge for addiction-focused professionals. If you are looking to find a new career, the NAADAC Career Center can help! Check out our latest listings!