Maia Szalavitz on Safe Recovery- Blog Talk Radio and The New York Times op ed

Listen to our most recent show with Journalist Maia Szalavitz and NYT Best selling author  UNBROKEN BRAIN – on substance use issues. Opioid Drug Problems.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saferecovery/2018/09/11/maia-szalavitz-author-of-unbroken-brain-journalist-

The New York TImes op ed piece is so fantastic. This piece is exploring other options like SMART Recovery, MAT and just going back to your Native culture. Maia needs to be on CNN Anderson Cooper and MSNBC !

By Maia Szalavitz

Photographs by Ryan Christopher Jones

Fortunately, this is not the whole story. Around two million Americans are addicted to opioids. Yet many more have overcome their opioid problems. A large national population study found that almost all of those who once met criteria for prescription opioid-use disorder achieved remission during their lifetimes — and half of those recovered within five years. Although heroin and street fentanyl are more dangerous, most of those who avoid fatal overdoses recover from addiction.

To improve the odds, we need to recognize and champion recovery — and the wide variety of forms it can take. In media and pop culture, when recovering people are seen at all, one type usually appears: someone who goes to rehab and then abstains from all drugs by relying on 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous.

In fact, other recovery journeys are more common. For example, nearly half of those with prescription opioid addiction are able to recover without formal treatment or self-help participation.  Read full story here.

Addiction Doesn’t Always Last a Lifetime

In fact, most people recover, often on their own. Here are some of their stories.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/opinion/addiction-recovery-survivors.html

The LAST Stop – A New Documentary exposing The ELAN School – an abusive teen industry location in Maine

Recently I had the great pleasure to meet this new up and coming Director Todd Nilssen. We met at The Drug Policy Alliance Conference in Atlanta this past weekend where they screened his new Documentary, THE LAST STOP.

This is a very disturbing, honest, critical expose of the abusive Teen Industry school for kids who got into trouble and children who barely did anything wrong. I have been following this story since the early days  2009 – 2010 of blogging on the famous anti AA blog www.stinkin-thinkin.com.  Unlike Straight, Inc. which was based on AA 12 steps, Elan was based on Confrontation, Tough Love Tactics, Scream Therapy…but there weren’t any Therapists or PhD’s administering the groups.  There are many of these so called schools still in operation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6508926/