Monthly Archives: June 2012

Voice of the Addiction Recovery Community

Posted on June 26, 2012

SAMHSA Seeking Input From Persons in Recovery
An Open Letter From the ONDCP

SAMHSA WebinarDear Recovery Stakeholder:

SAMHSA is reaching out to persons in recovery in order to seek their input. Please consider taking part if you are in recovery and please forward to individuals in recovery whom you think might be interested in taking part in this webinar. It is critically important that the voices of addiction recovery are well represented in this process. The voice of the recovery community is powerful and needs to be heard!

Your experience is powerful and your voice matters! As Federal agencies prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), your help is needed to inform policy makers and system designers. Our partners at SAMHSA are opening dialogue with people in recovery and patient advocates to help shape policies for electronic health records, confidentiality, and technology for addiction and mental health care in this new age. A series of webinars to seek your guidance and opinion on several critical matters:


  • Protecting your rights when using an Electronic Health Record
  • Using Electronic Health Records and Personal Health Records to increase patient engagement
  • Your concerns about sharing your behavioral health information with State, regional, or National health information exchanges
  • How tools, such as social networks and apps, can be used to help people in recovery manage their care

If you would like to sign up for this FREE webinar, please contact Mike DeAgro with the date you would like to attend at mike.deagro@samhsa.hhs.gov by July 6, 2012.

Let your voice be heard!

Webinar Dates:
Monday July 9, 1:00-2:30 pm EST
Thursday July 12, 1:00-2:30 pm EST

When a Loved One is Addicted

Posted on June 19, 2012

How Family & Friends Can Help
Practical Recovery

Help AlcholicCan people get addicted to alcohol? Yes. But as a spouse, you can help your husband cut back on his drinking. In fact, the suggestions outlined below could be used to help anyone stop or cut back on…

ANY addictive behavior!

But to keep it simple, we will talk about how to help your husband stop drinking.

When will my husband stop drinking?

Generally, drinking stops when your husband realizes that the costs of drinking exceed the benefits. You could wait until the costs are very large, so that he can realize the problem more easily. However, by that point his thinking may not be very clear, and he (and you) will have paid a substantial price, possibly to include problems (such as health problems) that will endure. So it is better to stop drinking sooner rather than later.

How can I help my husband get sober?

In this approach you are looking to build the “landing place” before you ask him to “jump.” Many heavy drinkers are reluctant to quit drinking because Continue reading

Veterans Treatment Courts

Posted on June 5, 2012

Providing Our Nation’s Heroes the Support They Have Earned
R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy

Addiction Help For Veterans The Obama Administration is committed to the health and well-being of our armed forces, including support for the physical and mental health needs of service members and their families. This ongoing commitment is part of the Administration’s “Joining Forces” initiative, a national effort to mobilize all sectors of society to give our active-duty service members, veterans and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

An important component of this effort is our work to support the military men and women returning from duty overseas who are suffering from substance use disorders. Too often, when left untreated, these veterans end up in the criminal justice system. But there is hope. In a growing number of communities across America, veterans with substance use disorders who also face a criminal charge are able to participate in Veterans Treatment Courts. With help from the Veterans Administration and local veterans organizations, Continue reading