Dialogue eNewsletter, February 2017
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    In this issue... February 2017

Central East ATTC’s eNewsletter

Monthly Health Check

View additional awareness events.

Upcoming Training Events

Feb 20 - Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction, Charlotte Hall, MD
Feb 21-22 - Motivational Interviewing: Training of Trainers (ToT), Washington, DC
Feb 21 - Opioid Epidemic Webinar Series: Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction: We are all part of the solution!
Feb 23-24 - Motivational Interviewing: Training of Trainers (ToT), Washington, DC
Feb 28 - Opioid Epidemic Webinar Series: Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives
Mar 16 - Hepatitis C and Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) Issues, Baltimore, MD

Please visit our complete training calendar or request a customized training.

Language - making it positive

Language is the most used tool we have to communicate. The terminology we use can get our point across,  explain confusion, and teach us - but it can also carry weight that is not always positive. The vernacular that has been used in the field of addiction and mental health has very often contributed to stigma. And stigma continues to be one of the major barriers to deter persons with substance use disorders from seeking treatment.

The slang/negative words used in the past, such as addict, junkie, druggie and clean/dirty increase the sense of shame, stigma, and embarrassment. Words that encourage, support, enlighten, and inform can be a powerful tool in the journey of recovery. Positive words include addiction, addictive disorder, dependence, and recovery.

This is not a new concept, however, some policies are slow to be ingrained in everyday use. The Central East ATTC is committed to working with providers and the behavioral health workforce to encourage the use of positive and de-stigmatizing language in all aspects of their work. The slide below is a recent addition to every training event we coordinate and attend.

What's New

Resources you can use

-- The Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults, HHS

-- Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - United States, 2010-2015, CDC

-- The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda, SAMHSA

-- Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder web-based tool, SAMHSA

-- Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder handbook, SAMHSA

Opioid Interactive Map of Governor-Led Initiatives to Address Opioid Epidemic, National Council

-- Improving Health Through Translational Alcohol Research, NIAAA Alcohol Alert No. 90

-- ATTC White Paper: Preparing Students to Work in Integrated Health Care Systems, ATTC

-- Supporting Recovery with Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) online course, ATTC

African American History Month

Celebrating the roles of African Americans in mental health:
Francis Cecil Sumner (1895-1954)
- first African American to receive a PhD in psychology. He researched racism & bias in psychological studies of African Americans.
Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983) - first African American woman to receive her PhD in psychology. Her research on the impact of race on child development helped end segregation.

Connections Corner
Experts in the field
Faces & Voices of Recovery
          Faces & Voices of Recovery is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to giving voice to the millions of Americans in recovery from substance use disorders. Its efforts focus on mobilization and organization of the recovery community, advocacy to change perceptions on the struggles of addictions, the building of community organizations, and the promotion public policy in support of recovery.
          Busy times! In 2016, Faces & Voices of Recovery: trained 100 Recovery Ambassadors on the science of addiction and recovery and the proper recovery messaging; provided countless messages to Congress in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in December 2016; and provided technical recovery support services to 95 recovery community organizations.
          In the coming year, Faces & Voices of Recovery will continue to work on the federal level regarding funding decisions for support services, as well as train recovery ambassadors nationwide.
Making The News in Region 3
Topics/Focus Areas
Addiction Medications
Cultural Competence
Opioid Epidemic
Peer Support
Tobacco Addiction
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