SEPTEMBER IS RECOVERY MONTH Sometimes feeling worse means you are taking steps to get better. Alcohol and/or other drug use mixed up your thinking patterns. For those in early recovery, your brain needs time to adjust to life without chemicals. As this happens, you can have feelings that don’t make any sense, such as: Feeling like you’ve been asleep for years and can’t handle the simplest situation without using. Feeling grief in letting go of your use. Feeling stranded and wonder “what now?” Feeling like you lost the friends or family who are still using. Feeling that sobriety is
This 15th annual “back-to-school survey” continues the unique effort of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University to track attitudes of teens and those, like parents, who influence them. Over a decade and a half, through this survey we have identified factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse. Armed with this knowledge, parents, teachers, clergy, coaches and other responsible adults are better able to help our nation’s teens grow up drug free…… http://www.casacolumbia.org/upload/2010/20100819teensurvey.pdf
On April 29th & 30th Phoenix Programs participated in SAMHSA’s Services in Supportive Housing Annual Grantee Conference. James Kimbro, David Helling, Eskil Hudson, and Steve Jones attended as participants of the Modified Therapeutic Community/Supportive Housing Program that is funded by the SAMHSA grant. Phoenix Programs is one of the first nine recipients of this grant, and as such was able to offer guidance to the now 77 total recipients of the grant that were in attendance at the conference. Presentations attended included: Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Health Care Reform and it effect on permanent supportive housing, and Grants Management.
Phoenix Programs, Inc. provides a continuum of substance abuse treatment services to rural populations in Missouri. Previous studies have indicated that the Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) approach can improve the effectiveness of outpatient treatment. In 2009, Phoenix Programs integrated the MTC philosophy and approach, which uses the peer community as an agent of healing, with a partial-day outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Two treatment groups were compared retrospectively; a 2008 standard partial-day treatment (S-PDT) cohort (n=30) that enrolled in the outpatient program prior to its integration with the MTC approach, and a 2009 treatment cohort (n=30) that received integrated MTC