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GLIDING TOWARD CHANGE WITH MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

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Pam Pietruszewski

Integrated Health Consultant

As a figure skater, my two single blades gliding across the ice had to work together. Movement involves a series of coordinated footwork, choreographed to counterbalance each jump, spin and curve along the way. A perfect routine requires practice, precision and the right conditions. No matter how much you practice, the ice isn’t always smooth […]

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Obama Visits State with Leading Overdose Rates: What Will It Take to Stop the Epidemic?

October 26, 2015 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Becky Vaughn

Vice President, Addictions

On October 21, 2015, President Barack Obama set off to the state plagued with the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths: West Virginia. There, he hosted a meaningful forum with local citizens on how to deal with the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. “For a long time, we’ve been addressing the [drug] supply side…but […]

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Are You Ready for Medication Assisted Treatment?

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Aaron Williams

Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Substance Abuse, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

In the midst of an opioid epidemic, communities across the country face increased demands for substance use services. The CDC reports that: Young adult’s heroin use more than doubled in the past decade. More than 90% of people who use heroin also use atleast one other drug. 45% of people who use heroin are also […]

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What does a rally achieve?

October 2, 2015 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Becky Vaughn

Vice President, Addictions, the National Council for Behavioral Health

Millions of people who face addiction in the United States each day still do not have access to robust prevention, treatment and recovery supports. I’m excited to join in with the thousands of people on the National Mall on October 4 for the UNITE to Face Addiction rally – because we cannot continue to operate […]

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Strengthening the Specialty Addictions Sector

September 11, 2015 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Becky Vaughn

Vice President of Addictions, National Council for Behavioral Health

This editorial appears in the addictions issue of National Council Magazine. By: Becky Vaughn , Vice President of Addictions, National Council of Behavioral Health Strengthening the Specialty Addictions Sector   Addictions providers in the United States face an odd duality: we are simultaneously needed and threatened. Addictions are Expensive Public Health Problems Deaths by overdose have […]

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It’s Not About Getting High: What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Addiction

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Nora D. Volkow

Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

This editorial appears in the addictions issue of National Council Magazine. By: Nora D. Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Those on the front lines who study and address behavioral health have struggled for decades to remove the stigma that persists around mental illness and addictive disorders. In the addiction field, this has meant […]

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Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

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A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

CEO and Co-Founder, Treatment Research Institute (TRI)

This article was reposted from the Huffington Post and written by A. Thomas McLellan, one of our Conference ’14 speakers! In the wake of the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I am shocked by the vast range of opinions and emotions that have been voiced in the public discourse. Media outlets of all shapes and […]

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Changing the Conversation to Addiction Recovery Solutions

February 20, 2014 | Addiction Treatment | Comments
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Pat Taylor & Greg Williams

Filmmakers

Conference ’14 Film Festival features documentary on addictions recovery and the film’s impact on addiction recovery solutions. Taking its place alongside Mariel Hemingway’s Running From Crazy and Hidden Pictures, by award-winning filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston, The Anonymous People joins the prestigious 2014 National Council Film Festival lineup during the National Council Conference. This feature documentary […]

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