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Addicted to Coercion

October 29, 2019 | Addictions | Criminal Justice | Comments
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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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What Do We Mean When We Say “Recovery”?

October 7, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Kenneth Minkoff, M.D., a member of the National Council Medical Director Institute, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist, part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the COO and senior systems consultant at ZiaPartners, Inc. Dr. Minkoff also provides consultation to large systems on developing welcoming, integrated, recovery-oriented services to individuals […]

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Member Spotlight: Reaching a New Threshold in Recovery

October 4, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For 60 years, Thresholds – a National Council member – has been transforming the lives of Chicago residents struggling with mental illness and addiction by breaking cycles of poverty and unemployment. In this interview, Dr. Steve Weinstein, a medical director at Thresholds and member of the National Council’s Medical Director Institute, discusses the impact of […]

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Raising Your Voice for Recovery: One Woman’s Journey from Treatment to Training

October 2, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As a long-time peer support trainer in Utah, Ginger knows how difficult navigating your own mental illness can be. At the age of 15, she regularly contemplated suicide. A few years later, after she was kicked out of college, she made several attempts to kill herself, leading to a stay at a state hospital. Over […]

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Reflections on Recovery: What Brad Pitt and I Have in Common

September 30, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, and a board member of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Brad Pitt recently told The New York Times, “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.” As a former injection heroin user and the CEO of an organization that has treated tens of thousands of people for substance use disorder, I appreciate his candor. It helps […]

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A Story of Recovery: Beating Addiction One Moment at a Time

September 23, 2019 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Hope is always within reach – even after hardship. Just ask Samantha, a 31-year-old mother who lost custody of her son in 2016 when she was struggling with addiction. In this interview, Samantha opens up about her journey from being homeless to helping others along their path to recovery. How did you move forward after […]

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Continuing America’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addictions Care Access

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Charles Ingoglia, MSW

President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Do you remember the moment you realized that timely access to mental health and addictions services is important? It’s different for all of us. For some, it’s the first time you try to help a family member, a friend, a colleague or yourself navigate a mental health or addiction crisis. Unfortunately, many Americans discover that […]

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From Rock Bottom to Recovery – CCBHCs Save Lives

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Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Aaron Keller (left), with from Ozark Center staff. Aaron Keller had hit rock bottom. He started using methamphetamines when he was 13. After marrying at 18, he began selling drugs to support his habit. In a single year, Aaron was arrested more than 20 times. At 24, he was sent to prison for 26 months […]

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One Man’s Story of Incarceration to Healing and Addiction to Recovery

September 10, 2018 | Addictions | Comments
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Ramon Cruz

Peer Specialist

The blog below originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. Hi, my name is Ramon Cruz and I am a person in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. For many years, I carried a good deal of anger and resentment so, instead of addressing my issues, I turned to using drugs. […]

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Are You Ready to Answer the Call? Join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Today!

September 6, 2018 | Addictions | Suicide | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Healt

This post originally ran on Linda’s Corner Office blog. Someone in this country dies by suicide every 12 minutes. But suicide deaths are not inevitable. For every person who dies by suicide, 278 individuals think seriously about suicide but do not die. During National Recovery Month, we must focus on keeping people alive so they […]

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