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Just in from the  Open Society Institute … “Addiction treatment is a gaping hole in our current health care system,” said former Rep. Jim Ramstad, who served as co-chair of the House Caucus on Addiction, Treatment and Recovery. “If we fail to treat alcohol and drug addictions, we are not only failing those in need, but are adding to the already heavy burden on our communities, our emergency rooms, our prisons, and our families. Americans across the country and the political spectrum have spoken loud and clear: treatment for alcohol and drug addiction should be fully covered in health care reform.”…  Read the rest of this article right here.

What is being on fire for recovery?  The Truth About Drugs Education Campaign is a fire.  A fire for life without drugs.  This is the fire we all need to light.  Without making a pitch for Scientology, this is their anti-drug program.  I have done my own extensive research and offer nothing to contradict what they are doing in drug education.  Their proactive drug free site,, and their addiction treatment site, Narconon, are two viable resources for those in need.  Those in need of help to free themselves from the enslavement of addiction.  Choose life.  Links provided by Sandra Gortez

“….The recovery period is a time to focus on repairing and rebuilding the body.  The healthier you become the greater is your ability to avoid relapses.  Also, many theories on relapse believe that associations, triggers, and cravings lead to the relapse…”  Read the entire detailed treatment plan right here.  For much more detailed information on the subject of heroin addiction, its effects and treatment, go to

S.B.I.R.T stands for screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment.  This is not a bad idea for hospitals and even jails to engage.  The cost to society for not addressing addiction has never been fully quantified.  It is massive.  A single addict or alcoholic  has the potential to destroy families, communities and lives.  SAMHSA is behind the movement and it is showing success.   Read about the program here.   Links forwarded by Mary Slivinski.

Drug and alcohol dependence is an enigma to the human condition.  Addicts and alcoholics continue to struggle with acceptance of their recovery.  William L. White presented a paper in 2000:  Toward a New Recovery Movement:  Historical Reflections on Recovery, Treatment and Advocacy.  The path to an authentic commitment to recovery is still searching for a substantive beginning.  White expresses some thoughts on the subject worth reading.  Read his paper here.

In 2006, 23.6 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem (9.6 percent of the persons aged 12 or older). Of these, 2.5 million (10.8 percent of those who needed treatment) received treatment at a specialty facility. Thus, 21.2 million persons (8.6 percent of the population aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem but did not receive it. These estimates are similar to the estimates for 2005.*  see the rest of the NIDA article here

Here is an interesting rehab alternative for addicts in a farm setting.  This story is posted by Marcia Tiede.   Check out the story here

A link submitted by Mary Ann to contact U.S Senate by email supporting recovery.  Check it out here and also in the side bar.

“Join Together” is an advocacy and lobby support website for addiction treatment in healthcare reform.  Now, more than ever, the outlook for addiction treatment finding a place in mainstream healthcare policy is growing very positive.  This link provides an update on what the ongoing healthcare debates will mean to millions of Americans impacted by the burgeoning world of drug and alcohol addiction.  Click here.

The near 1000 page bill can be made sense of in these two blogs: Health Care Blog and Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review. Check them out.

Noteworthy recovery source locator website that contains hundreds of places to find treatment.  Check it out,  CLICK HERE

Right on Pastor Mike! Fitchburg, MA area – Pastor Mike offers counseling and Recovery Groups Tuesday evenings at home groups and is affiliated with the Crossroads Community Church, 839 Ashby State Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420, Tel. 978-342-8637 – is the website and email is   This is for people of this area seeking help for their addictions.  Crossroads Community Church is a Christian community church.  Connecting with Crossroads may be a positive option for those with addictions and struggling in their lives, to connect with others who have been successful with overcoming addiction.

Buprenorphine, An Alternative Addiction Therapy
From Soft Landing, Dr. A. Fahmy, Medical Director

Suboxone and Subutex, it is an FDA approved medication for office based treatment of opiate addiction. It reduces opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings during the treatment of pain killer addiction.   Combined with appropriate behavioral counseling Buprenorphine, Suboxone and Subutex, can be very effective in treating dependence to opiates and other Pain killers addictions and abuse.

Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. The former is a partial opiate and the euphoric effects are less than with full opiates; also the habit forming potential is lower and therefore it is much easier to stop taking this medicine than other full opiates, such as morphine and heroin. The latter component, naloxone, is an opiate antagonist that is mainly active if Suboxone is injected, hence it acts as a deterent to injecting those tablets.   For detailed and accurate information about Suboxone please visit the manufacturer website at

Also see other resources at this web site.   National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment.

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