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The Ohio State University has expanded its commitment to help addiction recovering students through its newly established program, the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).
OSU CRC is made possible in collaboration with Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) and University Residences and Dining Services. Its goal is to provide encouragement and engagement to students who are in the addiction recovery process.
“We want this to be, as much as possible, a very healthy community of mutual support,” Curtis Haywood, a licensed professional clinical counselor for CCS, told The Lantern. “We don’t want to exclude any student that’s serious about recovery. If they’re serious about recovery, we want to be there with open arms welcoming them into this program.”
Although the program is still in its early stages, OSU plans to launch CRC at the start of the Fall 2013 semester and the recovery house in the Fall 2014 semester.
The program is modeled after a Texas Tech University recovery program. In addition to a recovery house, OSU’s recovery program components include academic advising, individual counseling, life skills workshops, community service opportunities, and family weekend — among others.
While OSU had offered services for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, the CRC is its first comprehensive recovery program to date.
Other universities that have adopted a program like CRC include the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan.
Recovery, Advocacy, Service and Empowerment (RASE) has once again opened its doors to individuals who want to seek help and treatment for substance abuse.
RASE started its operation in May 2001 when a group of treatment professionals as well as those in recovery for substance abuse started it in Pennsylvania for the benefit of those who are in need of the services they provide.
Executive director Denise Holden, who was once herself an addict but successfully overcame her challenges, said that RASE serves as an outlet for people who have the same experience as hers to help out in the community.
“When people get clean they disappear into anonymous recovery communities to protect themselves from the stigma,” she said. Through RASE, fully recovered victims will be given the opportunity to make a difference by volunteering to help others.
At present, RASE has established recovery centers for women in Cumberland and Dauphin counties; addiction treatment care facility for adults in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry, and Lebanon counties; and support centers and services at Lancaster and Dauphin counties.
The organization has also provided professional training and information dissemination and educational services throughout the areas they have covered. They also hold events that address the problem of substance abuse with ready resource speakers. Assessment and referrals as well as family interventions are also being done.
Funding is important for any organization, but RASE founders say, their advocacy will continue even if financial support is limited or completely runs out. The fact that they are able to save a lot of lives that might have been otherwise wasted by substance abuse is enough for volunteers and other members to continue each and every day of their operation.
For those interested to help and share, you may contact RASE Project at 717-232-8535 or visit www.raseproject.org.
September is National Recovery Month, and across America, those who have gone through addiction – and beat it – look back at their experiences, and have renewed appreciation for having that part of their life behind them.
The 1st Fine Art and Written Word Extravaganza was presented by the Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court.
The art show showcased various mediums of expressions – poems, essays, drawings, paintings, and collages, all of which illustrated the suffering and waste associated with addiction to alcohol or drugs. A statement on one of the entries rang true: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but everyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Judge Patricia Piper Golden, presiding judge at Kane County drug court, shared that the event provided recovering addicts with the opportunity to share their creativity. Judge Golden shared: “What we try to do in drug court is to replace using behavior with positive behavior, and to do that, they go through treatment… An important part is to get to know each other without using.”
One of the drug court poems was from Eric D., who wrote: “Recovery, for me, has truly changed my life… Each day is brighter than the next … . Now I work an honest job, pay taxes and bills … . It’s nice to live a ‘normal’ life. This was all impossible while still using.”
Ed W., on the other hand, shared: “I would do whatever I needed/To get a fix/And I must admit it’s not worth/All of this… Not any more/That life is not for me/I have found life is so much/Easier drug free.”
When we say counseling and therapy, people often picture a scenario where a conversation between a patient and his psychotherapist takes place. Yet when it comes to alcohol and drug addiction recovery, therapy and counseling could mean more than “talk.”
Therapy and counseling now involves physical, mental, and social transformations which have been proven to be more effective in helping troubled individuals.
Here’s what a particular treatment facility offers to its patients to be able to achieve lasting recovery results with regards to alcohol and drug addictions treatment.
1. Exercise. Physical activity is very important especially when a patient is in a residential addiction treatment set-up. Fitness therapists and facilities are essential for a patient to have a well-organized, long-term physical fitness plan. Some examples of exercise methods used are swimming, walking or jogging, weights training, yoga and visits to recreational facilities.
2. Art. This is a method of psychotherapy which helps promote creativity and self-discovery of patients. Do not underestimate simple shapes and colors as they can be very powerful tools in a therapeutic treatment process. There are times when individuals have difficulty in expressing themselves and this is where artistic expression comes in. No boundaries and limits are set when it comes to art which makes it an ideal tool in facilitating one’s self understanding.
3. Pharmacotherapy. This therapy may not sound too promising for most, but the key factor is how drug therapy is applied and just how much is enough to treat mental problems of addicts. Rehab facilities make it a point that they use medications that have the lowest risk of dependence and all procedures must be approved by chief psychiatrists or medical directors before given to a particular patient.
While treatment for drug addiction is readily available in most areas today, there are still those who refuse to undergo treatment. It then becomes critical to understand the reasons why they refuse to be treated, since as of 2007, only 16.8 percent of those needing treatment actually went through with it. So once again a question comes to mind — why are they unwilling to do it?
One of the greatest reasons of refusal is the perceived stigma that would-be patients receive, especially if the drug use was done secretly. In this case, admitting the problem and agreeing to being treated can potentially further damage the individual’s personal relationships, and alienation and isolation can happen. In lieu of being treated by professionals, some try to kick the habit on their own, with minimal chances of success, while some give up and resign themselves to their fate thinking that they can’t beat it anyway.
The second reason is perhaps a more surprising one — some of them don’t know that treatment of this kind is available. Individual awareness is an important thing to also consider in this case. The best time to recommend treatment is before the patient develops serious drug problems, and appropriate referrals must be made in order to curb it. More often than not, however, these potential patients are left uninformed and go on with their addiction.
These two reasons are quite common when you think about it, which makes it all the more important to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction treatment, and inform patients about the existence of rehabilitation sessions and treatments. While drug addiction is hard to beat, it’s best to consider every possible option. The understanding of their refusal to undergo treatment is a huge step, and hopefully this can be the beginning of successful and fruitful recoveries.
It is a well-known fact that drug abuse can result to high levels of social differentiation and discrimination. People reputed to be users tend to be outcast by those in the majority group, since drug use is not only discouraged, but also greatly frowned upon by most members of society. There are also those that seek medication for this condition by taking “soft” alternatives for their drugs in order to slowly eradicate it from their systems, but the social stigma will still remain.
Hence, the answer to this predicament is to utilize another form of therapy – in this case, behavioral therapy – to help those under the influence to look at the reasons for their drug addiction, as well as to help them cope in a society that once shunned them for their habit.
So how does behavioral therapy as a drug rehabilitation method help, especially since not everyone is willing to undergo treatment? To properly analyze this, we can look at the benefits that this therapy brings. One, it helps people cope with their sudden and sometimes violent cravings for drugs. It also helps them understand why they act the way they do during these moments, which is most important in establishing and reestablishing deeper ties with their family and friends, effectively improving their communication and, by extension, their social functionality.
Here, the advantages of behavioral therapy lie in its ability to help people cope with themselves as well as with society. But, sometimes, doing this individually has minimal effect on the rehabilitation process. Often, it is also effective to undergo group therapy, since this reinforces the individual’s confidence to finally kick the habit. Through group therapy, an individual realizes that there are other people who have gone through the same predicament.
While medications can help greatly in drug rehabilitation, it won’t be as effective without proper behavioral therapy. The two go together, and in terms of combating the stigma that goes along with being a drug user, behavioral therapy is critical.