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Addictions Recovery: When Knowing the Facts Can Help (2007)
Individuals with substance use disorders require continuing care because of the nature and course of the illness. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence (NIDA, 1999). Addiction can cause permanent changes in brain structure and chemistry. This is demonstrated through three decades of scientific research and clinical practice that have yielded a variety of effective approaches to drug addiction treatment (Harvard, 2007; NIDA, 1999; Dennis et al, in press). It is not just illicit drug use but also misuse of prescribed medications. Illicit substance abuse is a major national public health problem that creates impaired health, harmful behaviors, and major economic and social burdens...but there are effective medical and public health approaches to the problem. This policy brief examines treatment effectiveness and cost offsets.
Addictions Recovery: When Knowing the Facts Can Help in Pennsylvania (2009)
This policy brief contains statistics and information specific to Pennsylvania.
Addictions Recovery: When Knowing the Facts Can Help in New York (2009)
This policy brief contains statistics and information specific to New York.
Recovery-Oriented Methadone Maintenance (2010)
There are growing calls to shift the acute-care model of addiction treatment to a model of sustained recovery support analogous to the long-term management of other chronic diseases. The purpose of this monograph is to explore what this shift means to the design and delivery of methadone maintenance (MM) treatment and the status of MM treatment and MM patients in the United States.
Workforce Development (2006)
On October 19, 2005, IRETA held its second Workforce Summit where leaders from each state gathered to share updates on their workforce development programs, discuss challenges to implementation, and discuss new directions for workforce development. This monograph is a product of that summit. It describes clear strategies by which the Northeast region and other states can begin or continue to build their own SUD treatment workforce.
Addiction Treatment and the Criminal Justice System (2009)
There's no question that alcohol and drug use are factors in a majority of arrests in this country and that working with offenders with substance-abuse problems is difficult and complex work. Although no intervention works 100 percent of the time, there are evidence-based programs that reduce recidivism, return people to productive lives, make communities safer, and save taxpayers' money. In this issue of Resource Links, contributors Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, Robin Rothermel, Steve Devlin, and others present their thoughts about, research on, and experiences with effective approaches with substance-abusing offenders.