On today’s show we continue with Dr. Hendrée Jones’ presentation on Whole Person Treatment – Caring for Women Across the Lifespan. This presentation was recorded at the Reynolds-VCU Humphreys Fellows Annual Symposium. This year’s theme: International Perspectives on Women and Substance Abuse. Dr. Jones is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is also the executive director of UNC Horizons, a comprehensive drug treatment program for pregnant and parenting women and their drug-exposed children.
International Narcotics Control Board devoted Chapter 1 of their report in 2016 to women
• The report summarized that compared to men, women:
• Are highly stigmatized
• Experience more violence
• Are less likely to receive treatment for substance use disorders
• Lack access to gender-specific treatment
• Are being incarcerated at higher rates = devastating effects on children
• While gender itself may not predict treatment outcome, there are
gender-specific factors that influence treatment outcomes in women
On today’s show, we have included modules: Peer 2 Ear with Sammy Styles and a V Word module on addiction and substance with Carol Olson.
Today’s show focuses on substance use and addiction. Carol interviews Stas Novitsky. Program Manager for the McShin Foundation about new programs and what amendments the Foundation is supporting in this year’s legislative calendar. This is a special show this week as we are broadcasting the McShin Foundation’s new podcast series they will be producing at their center. The show ends with upcoming events at local recovery centers and behavioral health authority’s focused on substance abuse recovery.
Emily Westerholm guest hosts today show on women in recovery about their path to healing and a healthy life. Ariel and Honesty share their stories, how they got engaged in recovery and what recovery options are out there for women.
Today’s show focuses on Recovery Month. Guests include Storefront for Community Design and the Middle of Broad studios and their project with the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority; a peer talking about recovery from Bipolar Disorder; Amanda Long from NAMI and peer recovery specialists talking about the peer to peer recovery movement.
Mental and/or substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery. By seeking help, people who experience mental and/or substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness. The focus of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) this September is to celebrate their journey. Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to health and one’s overall wellness, and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
The impact of mental and/or substance use disorders is apparent in our local community, and an estimated 6.8 out of 100,000 people in Virginia suffering from drug overdose fatalities. According to the 2013 National
Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.7 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem (8.6 percent of people aged 12 or older). Of these, 2.5 million (10.9 percent of those who needed treatment) received treatment at a specialty facility. Also in 2013, out of the 43.8 million Americans aged 18 or older who had any mental illness in the past year, 19.6 million (44.7 percent of those with any mental illness) received mental health services in the past year. Through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental and/or substance use disorders, which can lead more people into needed treatment. Managing the effects of these conditions can help people achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally.
The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental and/or
substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the prevention,
treatment, and recovery resources that are available.