FSPD is excited to announce our partnership with The Social Exchange, a brainchild of the brilliant Zach Rhoads and Aaron Ferguson.
The Social Exchange interviews the world’s leading intellectuals about a variety of social topics: addiction, social science, philosophy, and many more. Zach is a masterful interviewer and through their podcasts they offer listeners cutting-edge information about each topic.
What’s refreshing and unique is that there is no rule that the conversations are agreeable or comfortable. However, each conversation is guided by an honest, information-seeking style of dialectic. On The Social Exchange, ideas are challenged, people are respected.
As part of the partnership, FSDP will have the opportunity each month to select an FSDP community member to be interviewed on the podcast on a segment called” FSDP Presents”. We’re proud to have Glen Carner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor from Hawaii as the inaugural podcast guest. Glen has a paradigm-shifting outpatient addiction counseling program, Family and Addiction Counseling LLC that uses a collaborative harm reduction approach that coordinates care for his clients with relevant community supports whenever possible. As you’ll hear in the podcast, he blends his expertise with unbounding enthusiasm and a passion to work with individuals and families impacted by substance use.
You can hear the podcast here and learn more about Zach’s work with The Social Exchange on their Patreon page here.
NEXT UP ON “FSDP PRESENTS”: Kenneth Anderson, a pioneer of alcohol harm reduction and Founder of the HAMS Network: Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.
Families for Sensible Drug Policy is a proud participant in this year’s campaign because our families impacted by the complex challenges surrounding substance use are in the throes of an unprecedented public health crisis.
Last year, 64,000 of our loved ones were lost to preventable overdose. So it is with a heavy heart that we must forge ahead to demand accountability for better access to lifesaving services for those still at risk. We must hold our federal government accountable to stand by their recent commitment to approach the opioid epidemic with a public health response, greater access to medication-assisted treatment, and wider availability of the opioid antidote naloxone.
This year #GivingTuesday falls on November 28 and demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. It harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world.
FSDP is privileged to serve a growing network of families, professionals and advocates whose ardent stories bear testimony that seeks to implement our new paradigm of family support. In partnership with Australia’s Family Drug Support, FSDP offers our families a harm reduction-informed continuum of care offering a full array of effective substance use disorder treatments on a public health continuum that are integrated with overdose prevention efforts.
Now more than ever, we must be vigilant and demand a continuum of care that is based on best practices and harm reduction—our loved ones do not need to be arrested to get better. Getting life-saving harm reduction strategies and tools into the hands of families BEFORE problems develop can prevent many of the overdoses. We do this with every other condition and we must advocate for the same for substance use issues.
We deserve to have these options readily available to us in our communities and homes. Our families deserve nothing less than the best care we have to offer. FSDP demands best practices as a baseline found in every other condition.
We need your help to make sure that the voices of families continue to be heard. We invite you to stand with FSDP in our battle to empower families, restore health, and save lives.
Your gift no matter how big or small will help us to forge ahead and change the way our policies and society interact with our families.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘At the Heart of the Response’ and addressed “innovative harm reduction services, new or groundbreaking research, effective or successful advocacy campaigns and key policy discussions or debates. With delegates from more than 70 countries the programme not only reflects the truly global nature of our movement but also addresses key international issues”
We had the opportunity to meet with our global partners Australian Family Drug Support (FDS) powerhouse Tony Trimingham (right) and Shaun Shelly (below) to identify the issues that are unique to families and bringing the family voice into our home communities. The inspirational and motivational moments were continued with a dynamic and thought provoking celebration of family empowerment that culminated in New York City May 20-21, 2017 with an extraordinary weekend filled with enlightenment and hope. Barry and I are energized and privileged to bring the FDS model of family support to our cherished friends here in the United States. We remain humbled and honored to serve our growing network of families who are asking for non judgmental alternatives to support optimal health and well being for their loved ones impacted by substance use while managing their own needs and self care in the process.
FSDP Advisory Board member Shaun Shelly (whom we got to meet in person for the first time!) explaining the challenges and successes in his groundbreaking work in harm reduction service delivery to his native South Africa.
One of the highlights of #HR17 for many of the attendees was the dynamic presentation given by Andrew Tatarsky (right) on “The Scientific Revolution of Addiction Treatment”, exploring how his model os Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) can enhance harm reduction services and make addiction/substance misuse treatment relevant to the majority of problematic drug users who have been turned off or hurt by traditional abstinence-only treatment.
Pausing to honor the dedication and commitment of our global partners, appreciating the connection and spirit of compassion shared among cherished friends like Zeeshan Ayyaz Shani, who sadly could not attend because of visa related obstacles. Paying tribute to his courageous advocacy and extraordinary efforts on behalf of drug users in Pakistan through his exemplary work with Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA).
The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘At the Heart of the Response’ and will address “innovative harm reduction services, new or groundbreaking research, effective or successful advocacy campaigns and key policy discussions or bates. With delegates from more than 70 countries the programme not only reflects the truly global nature of our movement but also addresses key international issues”
The conference will also afford us the opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, and and forge new relationships to bring more life-saving strategies and approaches to our families.
FSDP’s latest collaboration with Dr. Bob Meyers, the developer of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), and Andrew Tatarsky and his Center for Optimal Living will give attendees a unique opportunity to meet Drs. Meyers and Tatarsky, hear an overview of the CRAFT treatment model and be part of a Q & A to follow.
This special evening will be hosted by FSDP Cofounders Carol Katz Beyer and Barry Lessin.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Friday March 10, 2017, 6:30- 8pm.
The Center for Optimal Living, 370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, NYC 10017
Tickets are still available but space is LIMITED, so SIGN-UP NOW!
For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRAFT fosters a different journey toward treatment and recovery for families. It is love-based and empowers families to stay TOGETHER rather than “detaching” or using harsh, punishing methods with loved ones.
Supported by 20 years of peer-reviewed research, CRAFT is a comprehensive behavioral program that teaches families to optimize their impact while avoiding confrontation or detachment. Most programs developed to promote or encourage positive lifestyle changes are not always built upon the level of long-term research and analysis that supports CRAFT as a successful model for engaging substance users toward treatment.
CRAFT methods are evidence-based and provide families with a hopeful, positive, and more effective alternative to addressing substance problems than other intervention programs. CRAFT works to change the loved one’s environment to make a non-substance using lifestyle more rewarding than one focused on using alcohol or other drugs. In the CRAFT model, concerned significant others (CSOs) are the focus of the therapy instead of the substance abuser. Randomized clinical trials have shown CRAFT 3 to 5 time better at engaging resistant substance users than Alanon or the Johnson Institute style.
I spent a decade using heroin and about nine years trying to stop. It’s not that I didn’t want to quit–I didn’t know where to turn. In my Internet research and through word-of-mouth, I either came up empty or ran into a lot of myths and misinformation. Stigma created an additional barrier to me getting the help I wanted.
In recent years we’ve learned much more about addiction and effective treatments, but significant barriers remain. While the county I live in has one of the highest overdose rates in the state, there are no opioid treatment providers. This is a common problem in rural, and even some urban and suburban, areas.
With that in mind, here’s a comprehensive (though not overwhelming) list of treatment and support options which are either evidence-based or use evidence-based tools, followed by links to harm reduction resources. Harm reduction organizations provide education, treatment referrals, naloxone overdose rescue kits, syringe exchange programs, access to contraception, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and other vital services which might otherwise remain unmet.
Everyone is different and there are many pathways to recovery. Guides like this will grant broader access to recovery resources for people who want to stop harmful substance use, without having to navigate through a series of ads and promotional materials, and provide access to life-saving tools for active substance users and people with mental health disorders.
Drug Policy Alliance’s Safety First Program
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training: CRAFT (for Parents and Families)
SMART for Family and Friends Online Resources
Families for Sensible Drug Policy: FSDP