Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Calling everyone "in the trenches" of addiction treatment!

Welcome to Addiction Treatment Central! This is a place in cyberspace where addiction treatment professionals of all modalities and persuasions can gether around a "virtual water cooler" and share thoughts, frustrations, challenges and strategies relevant to treating addictions.

Let me introduce myself and why I'm even doing this... My "reel" name is Donna Boundy, I'm author of Willpower's Not Enough (HarperCollins) and When Money is the Drug. I started in the drug treatment field, well, 30 years ago (yeah, do the math...). I'm also a partner in Reelizations, a video/DVD production company that specializes in good, relevent, "meaty" (raw, realistic) programs on recovery. OK, blah, blah, blah. There's more to find in my profile is you care...

OK, so some of the topics we'll debate and discuss in this blog could include...
Gender-responsive treatment--what is it? Does it make sense?
  • The latest on Suboxone
  • Therapeutic Communities--are they still relevant? Can they be changed? Should they be?
  • Is drug-dealing really an addiction in itself?
  • Why do Americans have this insatiable appetite for drugs, as Hillary Clinton noted?
  • What really works in treating adolescents?
  • Anger management for recovering addicts--why is it crucial?
  • How urban inner-city addicts can avoid relapse, even in such a challenging environment with cues and triggers all around!
  • Are the 12-step programs still the best aftercare plan of all?
  • "Trauma-informed treatment" --what is it? Why is it important?

Hopefully, you the readers will contribute more ideas and topics. Where do you want to start?

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