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  • 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.


  • 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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  • Interview with Sarz Maxwell M.D. of the Chicago Recovery Alliance

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 TimB No comments


    This is a interview with Sarz Maxwell M.D . Sarz Maxwell, M.D., is a psychiatrist with the Chicago Recovery Alliance, and before that, she was with the Center for Addictive Problems methadone clinic in Chicago. The interview covers a variety of issues such as methadone, stigma and discrimination related to those clients on  Methadone Treatment  and Injecting Drug Users, the interview also covers Naloxone the life saving medication and finally chatting about her move to New Zealand .


  • 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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  • Myths and realities about drug addiction in Mexico – World Report

    Posted on January 4th, 2011 TimB No comments

    As the death toll from Mexico’s war on drugs continues to soar, a spate of attacks on recovering  addicts has focused attention on the country’s domestic drug consumption


  • How can we begin to measure recovery?

    Posted on December 8th, 2010 TimB No comments

    There is a lack of consensus in the addiction treatment literature regarding  the definition of substance abuse “recovery”.  This study utilized a review of the literature together with a participatory research design to construct a conceptual model of  recovery from the perspectives of addiction treatment professionals, those recovering from addictions, and researchers. The report concluded If empirically supported, this conceptual model would validate the hypothesized multidimensional nature of recovery and provide a potential  means for assessing recovery in future treatment outcome studies.


  • What are high-risk situations an addict should avoid?

    Posted on September 23rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    There are many high-risk situations when you are recovering.

  • Heroin Proven to Benefit Recovering Drug Addicts

    Posted on August 20th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Boston (DbTechNo) – Results of a new study show that treating drug addicts with heroin is better than giving them methadone.

    Generally when addicts are trying to kick the habit, they are given methadone but according to scientists with the North American Opiate Medication Initiative heroin maybe the way to go.

    In the study, they selected up to 251 drug addicts for the Canadian study, with some receiving heroin, others receiving methadone and some receiving hydromorphone.

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