Recovery Matters started as a diverse group of Massachusetts based clinical professionals, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, mental health professionals and pharmacists. It quickly expanded to include members of law enforcement, EMT first responders, journalists, individuals, family members, and concerned citizens who are alarmed with the continued and unabated acceleration of the opioid crisis in our state.
A community forum to discuss the critical issues facing those suffering from addiction. Our programs focus on a solution-oriented dialogue from addiction professionals, community leaders, those in long recovery as well as first respondors, community, family and pharmacists who believe that recovery is both possible and sustainable. In Massachusetts, there are 4-5 fatal overdoses daily and another 8-10 non-fatal OD’s. The lifespan in the 25-45-year group is decreasing. We are 5% of the world’s population and we use 50% of the world’s illegal drugs. In 2016 The Kaiser Family Foundation noted that there were so many prescriptions written in the U.S that every man woman and child could have had 13 separate prescriptions not including OTC medication. The opioid crisis impacts everyone, our workforce, our friends, family and communities
To educate alcohol and substance dependent people, their families and the community about the disorder and to provide motivation and hope that they can do something about their addictions. There are important personal skills necessary to avert relapse. We focus on resentment, anger, depression, fear of failure and the usual day to day stressors and suggest opportunities/interventions to grow in self-management. The vital importance of work and the importance of love and intimate relationships are competencies that are nurtured and supported in what we like to call “slow medicine”.
Are we medicalizing addiction treatment?.
Are we losing the perspective of recovery and wellness?
Has harm reduction become the new money making treatment option?