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  • International Overdose Awareness 2015

    Posted on August 31st, 2015 TimB No comments

    These two videos are of interviews with individuals who have been affected by Drug Overdose . The interviews are on the theme of Rethink and Remember



  • Recovery post treatment: plans, barriers and motivators

    Posted on February 1st, 2013 TimB No comments

    The increasing focus on achieving a sustained recovery from substance use brings with it a  need to better understand the factors (recovery capital) that contribute to recovery following  treatment. This work examined the factors those in recovery perceive to be barriers to (lack of  capital) or facilitators of (presence of capital) sustained recovery post treatment.


  • Hazelden Introduces Anti addiction Medications into Recovery for First Time

    Posted on November 6th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Founded on the idea that abstinence is the bedrock of any recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, Hazelden will now incorporate anti-addiction medications in its rehabilitation programs.

    Treating drug addiction is as much about addressing why people become hooked on substances like alcohol, painkillers or illegal drugs as it is about weaning them off of their habit— at least that’s the core of the Hazelden recovery approach. From its founding in a Minnesota farmhouse in 1949, the program has championed the 12-step method, with its roots in the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. That philosophy is anchored by the belief that true recovery can only start with addicts admitting they need help from others. Abstinence from all potentially addictive substances has always been the cornerstone of this strategy, which has become known as the “Minnesota Model.”  Some 90% of American addiction counselors rely on Minnesota Model principles.

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  • Australian drug policy: harm reduction and ‘new recovery’

    Posted on April 18th, 2012 TimB No comments

    The concept of “recovery” within alcohol and other drug treatment is far from new, and features in the demand reduction section of the Australian National Drugs Strategy.

    Recent ‘recovery-oriented systems of care’ is a US-born concept that is shaping drug treatment policy in the United Kingdom, and is now in the early stages of being promoted in Australia. Leading proponents of the new recovery rhetoric do not claim it has a strong evidence base at the systems level.

    Resourced properly, new recovery could build upon harm minimisation and harm reduction programs that have been so successful in Australia. Such programs have managed to control the spread of disease and have opened up opportunities for treatment, thus making a positive contribution to public health promotion in this country.

    Recovery systems most prominently promoted in the US appear to now value some harm reduction interventions such as pharmacotherapy, but link its value to abstinence, including even from alcohol. It would be unpopular and counter-productive if that narrow United States conceptualisation of recovery processes and outcomes was to take hold in Australia.
    If new recovery was to become an agreed strategy, it should only evolve over many years at the frontline. Transformation toward new recovery approaches would require large-scale investments.

    A lesson from the United Kingdom is that the new recovery philosophy is driving policy, but no additional resources required for systems-level transformation are forthcoming. If that was to be replicated in Australia it would most likely be highly disruptive and create harm that our public health approach seeks to prevent.

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  • Successful and unsuccessful cannabis quitters: Comparing group characteristics and quitting strategies

    Posted on November 13th, 2011 TimB No comments

    In order to improve treatments for cannabis use disorder, a better understanding  of factors associated with successful quitting is required. The findings suggest that coping, environmental modification, and comorbid mental health problems may be important factors to emphasize in treatments for cannabis use disorder.


  • Behavioral Therapy Across the Spectrum

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Numerous effective behavioral therapies have been developed that can bring the treatment to the patient rather than bringing the patient to treatment. These behavioral therapy techniques, which can provide effective treatment across the spectrum of severity of alcohol abuse disorders, include facilitated self­change, individual therapies, couples and family approaches, and contingency management.

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  • The Recovery Spectrum From Self­Change to Seeking Treatment

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Recent innovations in alcohol­focused interventions are aimed at closing the gap between population need and the currently uncommon use of alcohol treatment services. Guided by population data showing the heterogeneity of alcohol problems and the occurrence of natural remissions from problem drinking without treatment, alcohol services have begun to expand beyond clinical treatment to offer the untreated majority of individuals with alcohol­ related problems accessible, less­intensive services that use the tools of public health practice. These services often are opportunistic, meaning they can be provided in primary­ care or other unspecialized health care or community settings. They also can be delivered by nonspecialists, or can be used by people themselves to address problems with alcohol without entering the health care system. This developing spectrum of services includes screening and brief interventions, guided self­change programs, and telehealth options that often are targeted and tailored for high­risk groups (e.g., college drinkers)


  • The Experience of Recovery from Alcohol/Drugs (AOD)

    Posted on April 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The focus of this study is to research the “lived experiences” of participants in bearly recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs.  Understanding such experiences is  important for health professionals in treatment planning and can also provide insight into  relapse prevention.  The insight and knowledge gained from the “lived experiences” of  people in early recovery may help health professionals in formulating better models of  care for individuals in early recovery.

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