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Opiate Recovery Podcasts allows you to listen in on an addiction support group. This group consists of people who are working on recovery from either heroin addiction or addiction to pain pills. They all utilize medication assisted treatment in the form of Methadone or Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Groups are facilitated by an addiction counselor.

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Opiate Recovery Podcasts allows you to listen in on an addiction support group. This group consists of people who are working on recovery from either heroin addiction or addiction to pain pills. They all utilize medication assisted treatment in the form of Methadone or Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Groups are facilitated by an addiction counselor.

    MAT in Jails and Prisons; The System Needs Work

    MAT in Jails and Prisons; The System Needs Work

    SAMHSA published a brief that provides guidance to state governments on increasing the availability of evidence-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in criminal justice settings. By including the criminal justice system as a path to treatment, states may see an increase in access to and retention in treatment, and lower rates of overdoses, re-offending, and re-incarcerations. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss their experiences as a person with an opioid addiction, while they were incarcerated. 





    Discussion Guide:





    Have you been incarcerated during the course of your addiction?





    If so, were you provided medical assistance during your stay? Or, upon your release?





    Which medications were available?





    Out of the 5,100 jails and prisons in the US, how many would you guess offered MAT in 2017? 





    What percentage of drug courts required participants to discontinue methadone or buprenorphine in 2017?





    What are the possible consequences of withholding MAT to inmates who are dependent upon opioids?





    Without MAT, there is a 10-40x higher risk of death from overdose within two weeks of release from prison in a 2018 study. Why is that the case?





    In what ways could MAT in jails and prisons be improved?





    Supplemental Resources:





    Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings, https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Medication-Assisted-Treatment-MAT-in-the-Criminal-Justice-System-Brief-Guidance-to-the-States/PEP19-MATBRIEFCJS





     

    • 47 min
    Group Members Check In

    Group Members Check In

    An addiction recovery group can be a valuable tool to help a person maintain sobriety in the early days of treatment and for the long term. The goal of group therapy is for each participant to gain a deeper understanding of their disorder, while at the same time giving support to and from others in the group. Listen in to this opioid recovery support group as they discuss their struggles and successes and support each other. 





    Discussion Guide:





    How is your recovery? 





    What are your recovery successes?





    What are your recovery challenges?





    What do you need to focus on next? 





    What are your resources?





     

    • 46 min
    How’s Your Recovery? Take a Test

    How’s Your Recovery? Take a Test

    Sometimes it is helpful to have a guide to assess the health of your recovery. The Maryland Assessment of Recovery Scale (MARS-12) is a questionnaire designed to track your recovery progress. Take the test yourself at the link below, and listen in to this opiate recovery support group as members respond to the questionnaire items.





    Discussion Guide:





    Do you feel good about your recovery progress? 





    Are you confident that you can get back on track if you relapse? 





    Do you have a fulfilling and satisfying life?





    If not, what changes need to be made? 





    Supplemental Reading:





    Maryland Assessment of Recovery Scale – MARS-12, https://forms.liveandworkwell.com/member/forms/screener_mars.asp?siteId=3648&clientName=Optum%20Idaho%20Behavioral%20Health%20Plan

    • 50 min
    Should Counseling Be a Required Component of MAT?

    Should Counseling Be a Required Component of MAT?

    As more people have become aware of the high number of opioid related deaths, efforts to stop the epidemic have doubled down. Public policies might change to help substance abusers access treatment. Toward this end, research has begun to question the restrictions placed on patients who seek MAT, medication assisted treatment. One study questioned the requirement of counseling, proposing that medication alone, with no strings attached, might get more people in the door to treatment, and keep them there. Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss their thoughts on counseling as a requirement of MAT. 





    Discussion Guide:





    When you sought MAT, did you look forward to counseling, or resist it?





    Is it a good idea to lift the requirement of counseling for people who are enrolled in MAT?





    What are the advantages of mandatory counseling in treatment?





    What are the disadvantages of mandatory counseling? 





    Has counseling helped you? And would you have made as much progress without it?





    Supplemental Reading:





    Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project, No Strings Attached: More Opioid Addicts Get Meds Without Talk Therapy, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/05/09/opioid-crisis-drugs-no-therapy/1131110001/

    • 42 min
    Addiction Is A Family Disease

    Addiction Is A Family Disease

    Addiction can destroy the addict's life, and take their families down with them. Families are often pushed to their limits. Listen in to a family discussion between Biff, his wife Trish, and Biff's sister Patricia as they discuss this family disease. 





    Discussion Guide:





    How has addiction effected your family?





    Is your family supportive, loving and helpful through this disease? Which family members? Why not others?





    Where should a family draw the line with helping behaviors?





    When does "help" turn to unproductive "enabling"? 





    Is tough love helpful to the addict? Is it helpful to the family?





    How can the family protect themselves from harmful behaviors that are caused by this disease?





    Supplemental Reading:





    Brittany Meadows, How To Know If You're Enabling An Addict To Death, https://www.addictioncampuses.com/blog/how-to-know-if-youre-enabling-an-addict-to-death/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Rates of Suicide Increase with Substance Use

    Rates of Suicide Increase with Substance Use

    A study found that adults who had experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were more likely to have attempted suicide in their lifetime than those who had not experienced ACEs. Individuals with substance use disorders are particularly susceptible to suicide and suicide attempts. In fact, suicide is a leading cause of death among people who misuse alcohol and drugs. Listen in to this opioid recovery support group as they discuss the recent suicide attempt of a family member. 





    Discussion Guide:





    Have you contemplated or attempted suicide? If so, would you say that your substance use increased these dark thoughts?





    Mental illness and substance abuse tends to run in families. Would you say that your childhood experiences contributed to your substance abuse or mental health problems? 





    Has your child suffered from your family legacy of addiction?





    How would you respond to someone who has expressed a desire to die?





    If and when would you intervene against the wishes of someone who is contemplating suicide?





    Have you taken the ACEs questionnaire? If so, what is your score? If you score positively to any of the questionnaire items, how do you think it has impacted your life now?





    Supplemental Reading:





    SAMHSA, Adverse Childhood Experiences, https://www.samhsa.gov/capt/practicing-effective-prevention/prevention-behavioral-health/adverse-childhood-experiences





    Kaiser Permanente, Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)  Questionnaire http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf





    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

    • 49 min

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