This Week in Recovery – 5-24-15
It’s time for another round of our favorite blog posts from the week. We don’t ever catch them all, so be sure to leave your favorite posts in the comment section, and share this post with your family and friends on social media!
“Medication-Assisted Treatment is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, providing a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. MAT for opioid addiction utilizes medications to stabilize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions. Numerous studies have shown that MAT reduces drug use, disease rates, and criminal activity among opioid addicted persons.”
Best Personal Reflection:
“So when comparing these two diseases, I believe that my addiction came first. Does it make a difference? I don’t think it does. The depression was also a very debilitating component of my life as well. These two co-occurring disorders happen simultaneously in many of us. However, there is hope today when people share their history and stories. When we can share a dialogue about our understanding and experiences with others, we are not taken back in time when people would whisper under their breath about the person next door or their colleague at work. By talking to others and taking the shame out of our game, others can be educated and enlightened. This is how we can break the stigma associated with these disorders that many of us have been holding onto for years.”
May Wilkerson at The Fix with “Report Highlights Relationship Between Drinking and College Sexual Assault”
“But linking alcohol and sexual assault is controversial, since it could be seen as putting responsibility on the victim. Carey does not explicitly urge women to drink less to protect themselves from rape. Instead, she pointed out that “drinking to incapacitation is not a good idea” for either men or women, “because when you’re incapacitated due to drugs and alcohol, adverse events can happen.””
Best Advice for Teens:
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