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Integrating SUD Services – Sustaining Progress in Challenging Times

October 22, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Aaron Williams, MA

Integrated Health Consultant for the National Council for Behavioral Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent fight for racial justice have both highlighted and exacerbated existing gaps and inequities in our criminal justice and health care systems.

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Recovery Homes Build a Following, but There’s Plenty of Room to Grow

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William Glanz

Senior Writer at the National Council for Behavioral Health

Stories of recovery like Korey McCreery’s are less common than they could be because widespread adoption of the recovery housing model among state governments remains elusive.

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Reflections on Recovery – A Recovery Month Luncheon Preview

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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing at the National Council for Behavioral Health

Every September, the nation comes together to recognize the impact of recovery during National Recovery Month. As a thought leader in behavioral health care, this observance is an opportunity for us to further amplify the importance of connecting people to care that leads to life-long recovery.

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Trauma-informed, Recovery-oriented Systems of Care: Transforming Care One County at a Time

August 10, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Aaron M. Williams, MA, and Sarah Flinspach

Senior Director, Training and TA for Substance Use, and Project Manager, Trauma Practice Area

To improve substance use disorder services and supports and create a more unified and cohesive system of behavioral health care, gaps between services must be eliminated and service provision must be responsive to a clients’ unique needs and experiences of trauma.

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Language and Stigma

July 20, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor, Practice Improvement & Consulting

The Society of Behavioral Medicine’s calling for change in the naming of our federal institutions serving addiction shows how much power language has in contributing to or reducing stigma.

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Time to Give Alcohol Issues the Attention They Deserve

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Tom Hill

Senior Advisor of Practice Improvement

When we all headed home in March under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we could feel a collective sense of fear and apprehension about the unknown: How would we manage and for how long? We knew that, despite the wonders of technology to help us stay connected with one another, a sense of isolation could stir feelings […]

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From Fighting Fires to Fighting for Others

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Each year, through our Awards of Excellence program, we honor select individuals who are using their strengths to help peers on their road to recovery. We are proud to recognize Jeff Avery, a peer support specialist for Johnson County Mental Health Center in Kansas, with the Peer of the Year Award for his invaluable contributions […]

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Adolescent Vaping: The New National Addiction Crisis

January 30, 2020 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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William Glanz

Senior Writer

A new form of substance use has grown dramatically in the last year and threatens the health of adolescents. Despite significant progress to reduce tobacco use and nicotine dependency among the general population – and among individuals with behavioral health conditions who smoke at almost double the national rate – vaping has rapidly become a […]

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How Pediatricians Can Foster Healthy Conversations about Substance Use

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William Glanz

Senior Writer

Picture this: You’re 14 years old, and you have an appointment to see your pediatrician for an annual physical before starting ninth grade. You don’t want to spend a precious summer afternoon in the doctor’s office when you could be hanging out with your friends, but it’s an annual requirement. Your mother is with you […]

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Addicted to Coercion

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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO HealthRIGHT 360, Board Member, National Council for Behavioral Health

Beginning in 2011, with California’s state prison system overseen by the federal courts due to severe overcrowding, the state legislature and voters passed a series of laws to reduce sentencing severity for non-violent crimes, most notably drug-related offenses. As a result, fewer people faced felonies for crimes often associated with problematic substance use, like simple […]

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